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Orchestral experience for Year 7 students

As part of our Cultural Capital programme, every student in Year 7 recently enjoyed a performance by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Taking place at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the 'Feel the Music' concert had been specifically devised for students and aimed to highlight how music can express every human emotion.

The 80-piece orchestra, conducted  by  Michael Seal,  performed music recognisable to the students from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, as well as the theme from Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, which was composed by Alan Silvestri.

BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Redmond presented the concert and gave commentary guiding the students through the music.

Orchestral experience for Bishop Perowne students

Cultural Capital is part of our Broadening Horizons initiative, which aims to offer new experiences and build confidence. Through Cultural Capital, students in every year group take part in one event or visit every term.

Student Addyson commented: "It was an amazing experience and it was extraordinary to see and hear that many people playing instruments."

Ruby-Mae, a student who also attended the concert, added: "The music was really varied and beautiful to listen to. We really enjoyed the concert and are glad we got to go."

James Manship, Assistant Headteacher and organiser of the Cultural Capital programme, said:

"As much as can be taught academically in the classroom, there's so much our students can learn from experiencing something they wouldn't necessarily have the opportunity to do in their everyday lives. The concert was fantastic and really showed our students how music can portray a wide range of emotions.

"In addition to the concert, through our Cultural Capital programme our Year 7 students have already enjoyed a day of literacy and arts based activities with the education team at Worcester Cathedral. Next term they will spend a day navigating lesser-known parts of the Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where they will observe wildlife and learn about conservation projects."

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