Easton Royal primary school pupils were 'Singing Together' for a new radio play

Written by Tony Millett.

Raising the roof at the Wiltshire Music Centre (Adrian Harris Photography)Raising the roof at the Wiltshire Music Centre (Adrian Harris Photography)Last week four hundred Wiltshire primary school children from fifteen schools took part in a mass sing-in of traditional British folk songs at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon (April 20).  Among them were pupils from Easton Royal Academy.

Since January, the children have been learning nine folk songs from Britain’s musical heritage.  They included such old favourites as ‘Cockles and Mussels’, ‘The Skye Boat Song’, 'Men of Harlech' and ‘Scarborough Fair’. They have been taught in celebration of the long running BBC Schools radio programme, ‘Singing Together’.

‘Singing Together’ was created in 1939 to help bring a sense of community to the evacuees of World War Two.  It ran for nearly 60 years.

Swindon’s Prime Theatre and the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival have joined forces to provide professional singing leaders for each school. The recorded songs will become part of a specially commissioned radio play featuring both professional actors and members of Prime’s Youth Theatre.

The play has been written by Vicky Ireland MBE and will be broadcast by BBC Wiltshire on Monday, June 6 at 11.00am as part of the 2016 Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival (27 May to 11 June).

Swindon’s Prime Theatre and the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival have joined forces to provide professional singing leaders for each school.   Director Ben Occhipinti and his team had a great time bringing well-loved songs to today’s children: "The enthusiasm and energy they’ve given to each one will make this a moving and memorable project for listeners young and old.”

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