More than 5,500 children, from more than 60 Hampshire schools, recently lent their voices to ‘The Giant Sing’, at the Anvil in Basingstoke – making this year’s event the biggest and best so far.
Organised by Hampshire County Council’s Music Service, ‘The Giant Sing’ comprised eight performances, between 7 and 14 March. It included four performances of ‘Barnaby Bear’, written by Hampshire Music Service, for key stage 1 pupils, and four performances of ‘The Happy Prince’, a short story by Oscar Wilde, adapted into a musical by Jan Stroud, for key stage 2 pupils.
Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, said: “We are very proud of our music service and ‘The Giant Sing’ is another great example of the opportunities that the Service opens up to children and young people of all ages to get involved in music. Music plays an important role in a well-rounded education and it is a wonderful way to bring people together.”
Children from schools across Hampshire attended the performance at The Anvil in Basingstoke, and sang the songs they had been rehearsing since the autumn term. Pupils from more than 10 Hampshire schools were able to perform on the stage, while many hundreds sang along from the audience.
In ‘Barnaby Bear’, two performers from Hampshire County Youth Choir joined the mascot bear on the stage for his adventure to Ireland, America, The Caribbean, Africa, China and Spain.
The performance involved:
• A choir from Berrywood Primary School in Hedge End and All Saints CoE Junior School in Fleet • A steel pan band from Romsey School
• African drumming from Romsey School and Berrywood Primary School
• A slow, Chinese themed dance by pupils from the Mandaleigh Studios, a dance school in Fareham
• Hampshire Youth Folk Ensemble, performing with a pupil from Brookfield Community School in Sarisbury Green, who has been learning Irish dancing.
‘The Happy Prince’ involved:
• A drama performance from Perins School in Alresford
• A massed choir formed by Westgate School in Winchester, the New Forest Academy in Holbury, The Hurst Community College in Tadley and Horndean Technology College in Waterlooville.