Sheffield youngsters strike a chord for multi-media project

Pictured are 'Music in the Round' working with pupils at Watercliffe Meadown Primary School,Shirecliffe,on a multi media prjoect that combines film and music
Pictured are 'Music in the Round' working with pupils at Watercliffe Meadown Primary School,Shirecliffe,on a multi media prjoect that combines film and music
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Musical youngsters have helped create the soundtrack to an innovative multi-media project.

Around 60 pupils at Watercliffe Meadow Community Primary School in Shirecliffe used drums, tambourines, keyboards and clarinets to bring a film to life in the classroom.

Pictured are 'Music in the Round' working with pupils at Watercliffe Meadown Primary School,Shirecliffe,on a multi media prjoect that combines film and music

Pictured are 'Music in the Round' working with pupils at Watercliffe Meadown Primary School,Shirecliffe,on a multi media prjoect that combines film and music

They are part of the Transformations project from city organisation Music In The Round and The Showroom cinema.

Students explored a film called Benjamin Britten’s Metamorphoses, which was commissioned for a festival, with professional artists and musicians.

They created their own art, film and music in response over four weekly workshops.

And the finished article will be included in a short film that unites various mediums and will be screened at the Showcomotion young people’s film festival this month.

Alexandra Middleton-Holland, teacher at the school on Herries Road, said: “The children have really loved being involved in this exciting project.

“They are so enthusiastic to come to the sessions and look forward to it all week.

“They can’t wait to hear their music and see their film when it is complete.”

Showcomotion runs from today to Sunday, July 21.

The film featuring Watercliffe Meadow youngsters will be available online after the screening.

n More musical education projects will take place in South Yorkshire thanks to a £1,000 grant.

The John Lewis Music Matters fund is supporting the Music in the Community Programme, run by Music In The Round.

The grant will help fund a new project offering music education and experience for children in 20 primary and special schools who are unlikely to attend workshops or concerts with their families or go on a school trip to one.

Around 3,00 children in the region will benefit from the scheme.