Saturday, 25 November 2017

Composer listens to school perform his music

COMPOSER and conductor Alan Fernie visited Watlington Primary School to run a workshop and hear a concert.

COMPOSER and conductor Alan Fernie visited Watlington Primary School to run a workshop and hear a concert.

The school band, which is made up of about 20 pupils and is run by Alison Jamieson and Sarah Pullen, plays every Friday morning.

All children at Oxfordshire schools must learn to play an instrument from when they reach year five and the year five and six pupils at Watlington primary are learning brass or wind instruments.

Mrs Pullen: “Because we’re dealing with quite young children it is very difficult to find music that we didn’t have to go away and do something with to make it suitable — except the music of Alan Fernie. The music that he writes is often the stuff the kids have heard of and it’s manageable at the school band level.”

She wrote to Mr Fernie, who lives in Selkirk in the Scottish borders, to invite him to the school and he took up her offer on Friday. He wrote a piece of music for the children, who performed five or six pieces for their parents. Mr Fernie said: “The kids were wonderful and very receptive. We want to encourage kids from every background to play music because it helps in so many ways in their education and if they can play together in a band all the better.”



Mrs Pullen said: “It was just fabulous. I was really pleased and I think we as adults learned a lot from it.”

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