Musical finale for royal partnership

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SCHOOL pupils have enjoyed their final music lesson with the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra (RPO) after two years of specially tailored lessons.

The last session for the children at Falconer’s Hill Junior School in Ashby Road, Daventry on Wednesday, March 23, saw the youngsters working on a piece called Danse Macabre.

This was then performed by the pupils at the school for a concert which took place at the neighbouring community centre the following day.

The school’s music co-ordinator Ros Peet said: “The RPO have been really good with the pupils.

“They organised something especially for children of that age which has gone down really well with them all.”

The RPO have worked in conjunction with the school, along with William Parker School on the same site, several times over the past two years. But funding has now run out for the project, funded by orchestral music promoter Orchestra Live.

As a fitting finale though, the youngsters will get the chance to see RPO perform in the Last Night of the Proms taking place at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton in June.

Mrs Peet said: “I think because the youngsters have not had much experience of classical music, practising it has given them an ear for it so they know what they will be listening out for.

She added: “This has been a valuable exercise, especially for some of the children who are not quite so academically gifted.

“It gives them the opportunity to excel in other areas.

She also summed up the reaction the pupils have had to working with musicians from the orchestra for the past two years.

Mrs Peet said: “I think it has been really empowering for them.”