Over 100 Y5 and Y6 pupils from across the county joined forces to take part in North Shropshire’s inaugural Big Sing event. Moreton Hall invited students from Moreton First Prep School, Whittington Primary School, Selattyn Primary School and Gobowen Primary School to take part in a range of fun musical activities and sing as part of a mass choir.
The initiative is an opportunity to bring young children together through making music as well as generating a love and enjoyment for choral singing. Coordinator Eleanor Diack visited each school over the course of the term and delivered workshop sessions on breathing, performing and choral techniques. The sessions culminated in the November event with students and class teachers being invited to come together to perform a selection of well-known songs.
Moreton Hall’s director of music Helen Rayner explains, “It was evident that the children have benefited greatly from this initiative. The musical games, exercises and songs enhanced key skills such as literacy, numeracy, communication and language. There was a great sense of fun and camaraderie amongst all the children here today and it is our hope that they have had a positive experience.”
Shropshire Music Educational Hub’s Alison Stevens adds, “North Shropshire Big Sing is a very exciting choral initiative: one that I have no doubt will engender a love for choral singing in a fun and entertaining way.”
Pictured: Moreton First Prep School children with their Big Sing certificate