Music Society Outreach Day
07 December 2016
Newcastle University Students’ Union’s (NUSU) Music Society is to host a one-off special musical event for Primary School children in the city to help educate them about music.
The event, to be held on Wednesday 16th November at Kings Hall at Newcastle University, is the first of its kind for the Society, and aims to teach all children in attendance about instruments and music and allow them to share their vocal talents where they may not have before.
Tom Edney, event organiser and Music Society member, said: “The idea of the day started back in 2013 when I was working in a school. Due to the dwindling art budgets for schools we decided to bring in the University orchestra to help educate the city’s children on everything music.
“This is going to be our biggest performance yet, with a new repertoire as well. We get children singing along with the orchestra and some will even be able to conduct. It’s a really inspiring day to see so many young children enjoying a huge variety of music and also University students passing on their expertise to the next generation of musicians”.
The event, which is running alongside the NUSU:Into Schools initiative, is expected to have over 300 inner city school children and their teachers in attendance.
Michelle Robson, Widening Access Co-Ordinator at NUSU, said: “This is not only a fantastic idea but also a great way to make music and classical instruments accessible to young people. We’re always keen to invite the local community onto our campus and our students are an integral part of this.
“With cuts to cultural services it’s more important now than ever to promote such an event to our city’s school children, and help them access extra-curricular opportunities. I am very proud of Tom and Music Society’s efforts and I’m very much looking forward to seeing all of our guests getting involved on the day”.
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