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Thu 11 April 2019, 9:13 am

A famous classical baritone-composer inspired students at schools in Barking by helping them learn about Austrian composer Franz Schubert.

Last Night of The Proms star Roderick Williams OBE worked with pupils from Eastbury Community School and Riverside Primary School at the Broadway Theatre in Barking. 

The visit at the end of January was part of a project called Schubert in Schools, led by Sheffield-based organisation Music in the Round, that promotes chamber music nationally.

Prior to the occasion, the group provided digital resources, guidance on lesson plans and online webinars for KS3 music teachers at the schools in Barking.

Based around the study of the work of Schubert, students got to write new compositions, which they performed at the Broadway Theatre with Williams and pianist Christopher Glynn.  

Williams said: “For the kids to feel they own [this music], they need to create it, they need to have a hand in it, they need to get their hands dirty with it, and that’s why I think this project is so much fun, and why hopefully it’s having the impact it should have.”

Music in the Round’s executive director, Jo Towler, said: “This project has shown how young people can be inspired by classical music, and use it to create their own response to human emotions.” 

A short documentary about Schubert in Schools with students at the Broadway Theatre is available to watch below: 

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