Young people at a specialist college in Chester enjoyed a rewarding musical interlude when they were visited by two acclaimed musicians.
The Antara Duo of Thomas Hancox (flute) and Rachel Wick (harp) gave a workshop at Dorin Park Specialist SEN College to students aged between five and 19 in the sensory classes.
The event was sponsored by Chester Music Society following a successful performance by the duo at St Mary’s Centre.
The flute and harp were especially suitable for the sensory class learners who enjoy a mixture of visual prompts, aural stimulation and sensory touch. Thomas Hancox got the pupils singing and moving together to a variety of songs.
The young people also listened attentively to music including Danny Boy, Down by the Sally Garden, Pachelbel’s Canon and Celtic dance music.
One of the students got involved with the performers by holding ‘stop/go’ red/green coloured cards and another used a wand to tell the players to play loud and soft.
The flute player was able to move close and get down to the level of the young pupils and in this way involved them in the music. The harp was stationary but intrigued the young people by its delicate sound.