Honour for young music-makers

Peter and the Wolf concert at Alnwick Playhouse. 'Bryan Jackson visited Ellingham to teach children about Strings, depicting Peter.
Peter and the Wolf concert at Alnwick Playhouse. 'Bryan Jackson visited Ellingham to teach children about Strings, depicting Peter.
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Pupils stepped into the spotlight when they performed on stage with a professional orchestra.

One hundred and one children from Ellingham, Hipsburn, Shilbottle, St Michael’s, Swansfield Park and Whittingham first schools took their places alongside the Northumbria Sinonietta for a performance of Peter and the Wolf at Alnwick Playhouse.

Peter and the Wolf concert at Alnwick Playhouse.'Katy Luke taught the children in Shilbottle about the oboe - the duck.

Peter and the Wolf concert at Alnwick Playhouse.'Katy Luke taught the children in Shilbottle about the oboe - the duck.

The project started last year and each school adopted an instrument and musician who visited to play for the children, discuss their instruments and talk about how composer Prokofiev used their characteristics to depict characters in the story.

Bryan Jackson visited Ellingham to teach children about strings, depicting Peter; Liz Green visited Hipsburn where the children learned about the flute – the bird; Katy Luke taught the children in Shilbottle about the oboe –the duck; Gavin Johnston took his clarinet into St Michael’s – depicting the cat; Harriet Gilfilin explained the bassoon to the children of Whittingham – the grandfather; and Richard Stent took in his horn to explain how it represents the wolf to the children at Swansfield Park.

The children produced artwork which was on display in the foyer of the Playhouse.

To introduce the story, each school in turn took their places on stage and performed poetry, songs, acting and dancing to a sold- out theatre. The children enjoyed listening to a live performance of the full work.

Peter and the Wolf concert at Alnwick Playhouse.'Harriet Gilfilin explained the bassoon to the children of Whittingham - the grandfather.

Peter and the Wolf concert at Alnwick Playhouse.'Harriet Gilfilin explained the bassoon to the children of Whittingham - the grandfather.

Peter and the Wolf concert at Alnwick Playhouse.'Richard Stent took in his horn to explain how it represents the wolf to the children at Swansfield Park.

Peter and the Wolf concert at Alnwick Playhouse.'Richard Stent took in his horn to explain how it represents the wolf to the children at Swansfield Park.