Pupils look forward to DRET Primary Schools Music Festival

Primary school pupils from across the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) are looking forward to taking part in the Trust’s first Primary Schools Music Festival, which takes place this week.

The Festival, which is one of the highlights of this year’s music calendar, will bring together over 800 pupils from across the Trust to perform in front of their parents and the local community at the Derngate Theatre in Northampton (1st March) and Grimsby Central Hall (3rd March).

Each academy will perform their own specially selected pieces before joining together for a  'Big Sing', in which pupils will sing five newly-composed songs by the celebrated American composer Nico Muhly.  Conducting the Big Sing is the renowned choral animateur Charles MacDougall, accompanied by Mark Keith on piano.

Rehearsals have been taking place in the academies since the beginning of the year. One of the excited children taking part said: “I cannot wait to perform in front of our families. I love music and I am looking forward to seeing what all the other schools sing."

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music for the David Ross Education Trust, commented: “We are delighted to be bringing our primary academies together for our first ever Music Festival, which I am sure will inspire the pupils. It has been thrilling to see them rehearse Nico Muhly's songs with such enthusiasm - they have loved the imaginative way in which the words have been set to music, and are very much enjoying exploring quite how expressive their voices can be.

“Music is such an important part of our lives, so this Festival, along with the other musical events that we are hosting throughout the year, is a great way to encourage a love of music from a young age.

“We are extremely grateful to all the teachers for their hard work in preparing the pupils for the Festival - it should be a great occasion."