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Hawthorn Primary School Summer Showcase

Posted on 3 July 2017


On Thursday 29 June, Newcastle’s Hawthorn Primary School opened up its doors to the community to showcase In Harmony in action at their Summer Music Festival.

Sage Gateshead delivers In Harmony with Hawthorn Primary School as part of a national programme that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in deprived communities, using the power and disciplines of community-based orchestral music-making.

The festival which was the culmination of the summer term included children from reception to year 6 performing in vocal groups, string, wind and brass bands. There was also a special performance by the Hawthorn Primary Symphony Orchestra, made up of pupils from year 3 to year 6. The afternoon was brought to a close with a fun-filled family ceilidh.

The event also marked the launch of the Hawthorn Primary School DVD. Judy Cowgill, Headteacher at Hawthorn Primary School said: “We are delighted to be releasing our new DVD about the In Harmony programme at Hawthorn Primary School. This film shows the journey of a new piece of music for the Hawthorn Primary Symphony Orchestra through rehearsals to performance and recording standard and yesterday we launched the DVD at the festival.”

In Harmony are also preparing for a special performance at Sage Gateshead next month. Ahead of their evening performance, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform with pupils from In Harmony in Sage One on Tuesday 25 July. They will be playing the BBC 10 Pieces version of Stravinsky’s Firebird. This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to learn from and perform with one of the most highly regarded youth orchestras in the UK.


Notes to Editors

In Harmony / Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Sharing Concert
Tuesday 25th July, 2017. 12.30pm – 1.15pm, Sage One
This event is free, but ticketed. Suggested donation £5.

Photography credit: Richard Kenworthy