Nov 11 2010 by Allison Dickinson, Chester Chronicle
Chester school makes musical magic with Manchester Camerata
PUPILS at a Chester primary school used their musical talents to tell stories about their community’s history.
In conjunction with the Chester Literature Festival, Overleigh St Mary’s Primary School in Handbridge welcomed a composer and dramatist to work with 30 Year 5 and 6 pupils.
The group created songs and plays which recreated the Handbridge Yarns.
The stories, which told tales of what it was like growing up in the area, featured in Chester Literature Festival.
Head of music Beverley Atherton said: “The children had a whale of a time.
“We have worked with Manchester Camerata before and it is always enjoyable.
“Pupils were able to work with each other to compose their own songs and put a whole piece together.”
The week-long project ended with two performances for families and members of the local community, including some of the people who were involved in the Handbridge Yarns project.
Nick Ponsillo, of Manchester Camerata, said pupils benefit in many ways from working with music.
“As well as a sense of achievement, pupils also enjoy social benefits such as learning to work in a team,” he said.