Children from four primary schools joined the Ulster Orchestra onstage at the Ulster Hall today for a special performance as part of the Orchestra’s Crescendo Project, especially developed for children from disadvantaged areas in North and West Belfast.
Performing songs and extracts from Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ to an audience of their families and local communities, the children from Good Shepherd, Holy Evangelist, Malvern and Wheatfield Primary Schools confidently showcased their talents and learnings from being part of this valuable project.
Claire Robinson, Principal, Holy Evangelist Primary School, comments; “The children are thoroughly enjoying the sessions with Roisin and the visiting musicians. They are so excited each Wednesday to take part in the lessons, they are growing in confidence and there is a marked difference in their ability to stay focused, to sit and listen and are keen to participate during the activities.”
Shankill Children’s Zone co-ordinator, Jackie Redpath, added; “The Greater Shankill Children &Young People Zone greatly values the developing partnership with the Ulster Orchestra and Colin Partnership through Crescendo and especially at the amazing opportunity for the pupils of Malvern and Wheatfield Primary Schools.”
Lucy McCullagh, Director of the Orchestra’s Learning and Community Engagement stated; “The Crescendo Project works in partnership with Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Shankill Children’s Zone and the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at Queen’s University, Belfast to deliver musicianship and instrumental workshops to 300 P1, P2 and P6 children across 4 schools. Activity is led by Ulster Orchestra musicians and Associates, and the P1 and P2 workshops linked in with Personal Development and Mutual Understanding aspects of the NI curriculum. This performance lifted everyone’s spirits and everyone involved in this project is extremely proud of what these young people have achieved in a short time.”
The Ulster Orchestra’s Learning and Community Engagement programme aims to connect the orchestra with communities and individuals across Northern Ireland and to provide accessible and innovative opportunities for people to engage with the Orchestra as audiences and participants. Since 2016, all of the musicians have been working on education and outreach activity including Relaxed performances for people with additional needs, residencies in school and university settings, concerts directly in people’s communities, mentoring and coaching for players at all stages of their musical journey.
For further information, please contact the Learning and Community Engagement team at [email protected] or on 028 9026 0484.