Pupils in tune with special music lesson

Whitehouse Primary School pupils at North Shields get a music lesson with UK classical musicians.'REF 1703150012
Whitehouse Primary School pupils at North Shields get a music lesson with UK classical musicians.'REF 1703150012

Pupils were on song with some of the country’s top classical musicians who popped in for a special lesson.

Four players from the BBC Philharmonic orchestra spent the day at Whitehouse Primary School, in North Shields, as part of the BBC Music project ‘Ten Pieces’.

The project aims to open up a world of classical music to a generation of children.

During the day the players led workshops with the pupils, helping them create their own unique take on one of the Ten Pieces.

Simon Webb, general manager of the orchestra, said: “We are the BBC’s orchestra in the North of England, and an important part of our role is to get out and about to share the music which we love with a new audience.

“It is a great privilege to do this and to hear what the children create in the space of just a few hours.”

Headteacher Rachel Woods said: “Being able to work with members of the orchestra, and hear music of such a high calibre, will certainly inspire our pupils.

“We’ve been involved with Ten Pieces for the last few weeks, which we’ve really enjoyed. Part of the initiative has included incorporating the musical repertoire of the project into other areas of the curriculum, to develop the children’s artistic, creative and performing talents.

“I would also thank North Tyneside Council’s Music Education Hub for nominating us to be part of this project, and for their support and ideas in using the pieces of music in our wider studies.”