RAF band drops in to give Wellsway students a music masterclass

Published on: 05 Feb 2014

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Musicians who performed at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited Wellsway School to share their skills with pupils.

The Brass Ensemble of the Royal Air Force visited the school on Monday (February 3) to run a music workshop for 15 pupils before putting on a performance for the whole school.

The pupils, from Bath and North East Somerset Council's Music Service, rehearsed The Earle of Oxford’s March by William Byrd (arr. Howarth) and Mr Jums by Chris Hazell in the morning, before their afternoon show playing alongside the ensemble.

Councillor Dine Romero, Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, said: “Bath & North East Somerset Council is committed to providing every child aged 5-18 with the opportunity to enjoy music, whether they want to sing, learn an orchestral instrument or play in a band.

“Being involved with music can really benefit children –through improved behaviour, self-confidence, concentration, motivation and the ability to participate in team work. We’re really grateful to the RAF’s Central Band for giving our students this amazing opportunity which I’m sure they’ll never forget.”

The Central Band is often at the forefront of many state and ceremonial events. In 2011, the Fanfare Trumpeters from the Central Band performed the Royal Wedding and had a major part to play in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations the following year. The band was also entertained audiences at many events at the London 2012 Olympics, including tennis, canoeing, road cycling and beach volleyball.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Music Service provides tuition in schools for small groups and one-to-one lessons for around 2,500 pupils each week.
Find out more at www.bathnes.gov.uk (search for “Music Service”), email music@bathnes.gov.uk or call 01225 395388.

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