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Braintree: School Launches Musical Project
Braintree school pupils are being offered the chance to work with a world-famous orchestra thanks to a new project called Street Symphony.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Orchestras Live and Braintree District Arts have all teamed up with Essex County Council for the project, which aims to educate children about music.
Youngsters will be able to get their teeth into many music-themed activities with the help of experts, over the next four months.
Children will learn about instruments from string to wood wind and percussion to rhythm. On June 5th, the RPO will then perform classical hits at a concert. They will be joined by the young Braintree musicians and perform the Street Symphony piece they have created.
Two workshops took place in February at schools in the Braintree area. In May, those musicians who want to get involved can attend Combined Schools Ensemble sessions, held by the RPO.
Pupils will write the music for the June 5 event at these sessions, and perform their creation with the 40-piece orchestra.
Essex County Councillors Jeremy Lucas, Cabinet Member for Environment said: "It was fantastic to see world-class musicians engaging Essex pupils in creative workshops. The final concert in June will be an exciting occasion and will enable us to showcase the upcoming talent we as a county can offer.''
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Abellio selling 40% of the Greater Anglia rail franchise.
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