Professional musicians in Manchester have been working with primary and secondary school children on a new piece of music called the Moss Side Symphony, which blends classical music, rap and African drum beats to celebrate the area and dispel any negative stereotypes about this part of the city.
Manchester Camerata’s 30-minute tribute to the district was premiered last week and had audience members at first in tears and on their feet at the end in a standing ovation. More than 90 adults and children performed, with students coming from St Mary’s CE and Webster’s primary schools, with Nick Ponsillo – the orchestra’s head of learning and participation – saying: “Through their unique perspective, energy, creativity and innovation, the students have captured the spirit of the community. Camerata is their orchestra and we will continue to collaborate with our partners and young people from Moss Side to develop music making opportunities for all.”
As those of you who follow the Two Moors Festival will know, we do a lot of work with young people in schools all over the south-west helping to introduce them to classical music and providing them with opportunities to work with professional musicians. This is exactly the kind of story we just love hearing about – it’s always great to hear that other groups are doing all they can to bring classical music into schools. Keep up the good work, Manchester Camerata!