Children in the Kingfishers Pre-Prep enjoyed musical games and violin exercises in a workshop with professional musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The morning began with children enjoying a performance by the String Quartet from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Sophie, Helen, Jane and Charlotte, professional musicians from the world-renowned orchestra based in Birmingham, played two pieces of music: the first piece written by Bach specifically for two violins, and the second a piece called Jeeves and Wooster. The performers gave the boys and girls lots of information about the instruments they played, including how the cello played the baselines and that as the violins are the smallest instruments, they can play the highest notes.
Afterwards, Year One, who already learn violin as part of their Music curriculum, stayed behind to play some rhythm games, put their skills to the test with violin exercises and use their fingers to pluck notes on the violin. It was a great atmosphere, with the boys and girls enjoying the chance to experiment with their instrument whilst receiving coaching from the CBSO professionals.
This workshop, just one in a whole day of training sessions with music pupils of all ages across both the Prep and Cheltenham College, is part of a wider partnership between Cheltenham Prep and the CBSO. Cheltenham Prep's Head of Music, Mr Kit Perona-Wright, said "We hope to welcome different musicians from the Wind, Brass, Percussion, and Strings sections of the CBSO to The Prep, who will work with and inspire pupils across Prep and College, throughout the year. This is a fabulous opportunity for pupils of all ages and provides a real focus on Music and the excellent musical provision available at our School."