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‘Securing Excellence in Schools and Academies’

New instruments gift for the children of Burntstump Seely C of E Academy

Children at Burntstump Seely Church of England Academy are enjoying a new set of percussion instruments donated to the school by the Carlton Male Voice Choir.

The gifts were a thank you to the Burntstump Children’s Choir who shared the stage with the renowned Carlton Male Voice Choir in front of a packed audience at their Christmas Concert.

Ian Watts, (Musical Director of Carlton Male Voice Choir) explained. “It seems an age ago now with all the recent events affecting the arts and entertainment world. But the Christmas performance with the school choir sticks in my memory as one of the highlights of 2019 for Carlton Male Voice Choir out of the 25 or so concerts performed in that year.

“It was an absolute thrill to hear the children perform in full harmony and a real high point to perform a song together with them. It was a real 'hair on the back of the neck' moment when the children were singing and the power of a large male voice choir suddenly joined in around them.”

The gift to the school includes a wide-ranging set of percussion instruments says Heather Gabb, Head Teacher at Burntstump Seely C of E Academy. “Music plays a vital role in life at Burntstump as it allows all children to express emotion in a safe and fun way. We encourage the children to explore their own feelings and spirituality through music, instruments, and the voice. We find music nurtures confidence, the first of our school values.

“We are very grateful to Carlton Male Voice Choir; firstly for the wonderful experience they gave our school choir when they invited them to sing with them at Christmas, and secondly for these instruments which are a great boost to our classroom music making. They are accessible for all ages from our 3-year olds up and will be used by the children throughout school for performance and composition.

“We send a big thank you to Mr Watts and all our friends at Carlton Male Voice Choir.”