Children in Chester were in full voice for a creative project to be performed at Chester Cathedral later in March.

Youngsters from four primary schools – St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s, St Theresa’s, Woodlands and Highfield  – worked with professional composer Andrew Smith, musicians from the Manchester Camerata and a dramatist Paul Hine to create a unique piece of work , which will be presented at the cathedral on March 26.

I Have a Dream is based on Martin Luther King’s famous speech and during the course of the week the children have studied the story of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King and the impact this has had on America and President Obama.

The project also involved parents and grandparents, students from the University of Chester and students from the Royal Northern College of Music.

 

Music teacher at St Werburgh’s Rachael Borman said: “It has been the most fantastic experience for the children and adults in our community to work with the Manchester Camerata and arts specialists and create a unique piece of work which has taught the children so much about the American Civil Rights Movement and how it has affected our world today.

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“The week has been full of fun packed creative activities which allowed the children countless opportunities to express their ideas and develop their perceptions on freedom and equality. Together the children and adults have created lyrics, melodies and movement depicting ‘Freedom for all’.

The project , funded by the Philip Barker Trust, continues in Lache Primary School this week.