Music at Horfield
This exciting event was a powerful example of how Horfield creates flourishing artistic partnerships. Our successful funding bids and leadership of this project enabled primary and secondary school children, professional composers, musicians, the local community and the church to come together, producing a 50 minute opera commemorating the centenary anniversary of the First World War. Our aim was to lead a project which deepened children’s understanding of this landmark event. Our KS2 Choir loved working with professional composers, musicians, choreographers and even a stained-glass window expert to produce their own stunning stained glass poppy. Choir’s performance was so moving, thoughtful and powerful. It drew two sell out audiences at St Mary Redcliffe Church!
Our school orchestra rehearses most Tuesday afternoons and on occasions, have the opportunity to join in workshops. In the summer, they joined with 14 other Bristol schools to create a symphony orchestra of over 200 musicians. This fantastic partnership was organised with Bristol Plays Music and the University of Bristol; the sound they made was amazing and parents who came to watch were very proud.
Song of the Sea
Inspired by a multi-school led STEM workshop, we invited children from Horfield to write song lyrics to address the global problem of plastic in the world’s oceans. Our composer-in-residence Claire Alsop used their inspiring lyrics to compose our ‘Song of the Sea.’ This was recorded by KS2 Choir and uploaded to youtube to spread our message as widely as possible. The impact of our ‘Song of the Sea’ has been even bigger than we imagined. Artsmark enabled us to promote the song further with an Instagram takeover. Our song was even featured on BBC Points West and KS2 Choir were invited by Sustainable Learning to sing at the launch of Bristol’s recycled boat, “The Poly Roger.” City to Sea then asked us to work with them to produce a promotional video of the song for World Ocean Day.
On World Ocean Day itself, we hosted a national sing-a-long of our song. Across the various media platforms, Song of the Sea has now had over ten thousand views and schools across Bristol and beyond have been singing our powerful song to raise awareness of this topical issue. What a superb example of the power of cross-curricular arts collaboration.
At least twice a year, our KS2 Choir join in the major fundraising events organised by Southmead Hospital. In the summertime, they hold their annual Buskathon and at Christmastime, various choirs and performers from within the community perform in the atrium, which creates a beautiful sound.
We sang again in the Buskathon in June 2019 and will be back again in December to perform our Christmas repertoire.