Open rehearsal for schoolchildren


Following the six workshops undertaken in local primary schools by BPO musicians in conjunction with the BBC’s Ten Pieces project, nearly 80 children and their parents attended the open rehearsal on the morning of Sunday 22 March. A number of Friends of the Philharmonic kindly gave up their Sunday morning to act as stewards/ushers for this event for which we are most grateful. The choir stalls were soon packed, and latecomers spilled over into the main stalls. Barry Wordsworth made a point of including the children in the rehearsal, with a few lucky individuals being invited to join the percussionists on stage. You could see from their faces how much the children were enjoying their experience of live classical music, particularly during the loud brass and percussion sections in “Mars” from Holst’s The Planets suite. A number of parents signed up to be kept informed about future events by email, and several came up to the Friends of the Philharmonic stand in the Dome foyer afterwards to say how much they and their children appreciated the opportunity. OpenRehearsalForChildren02It was anticipated that most children would only stay for the first half of the morning, when the Lord Berners and Holst were being rehearsed, however a surprising number remained in place until the end of the rehearsal some three hours later. Some families even returned for the concert in the afternoon, taking advantage of the offer of free child places and discounted rates for accompanying adults. A number of photos were taken at the event and can be viewed on the BPO’s website:

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