CHESTER primary school children enjoyed a free musical treat this week.
Youngsters from Belgrave, Eaton, St Theresa's, JH Godwin, Highfield, Newton, Shocklach, St Luke’s and Overleigh primary schools and Victoria Infant School attended Primary Proms at Chester Cathedral.
The event was organised by Music for Youth, the national charity for young musicians, and sponsored by Halifax, the building society to enable children to experience live music in a concert venue.
Hosted by Shirley Court, director of the Cheshire Youth Choir and lead vocal animateur for Cheshire Education Music in Partnership, the young audience was encourage to join in using their own instruments - their voices, hands and feet.
The youngsters enjoyed performances by a Bolton school concert band, a primary school choir from Rochdale and Altrincham Grammar School for Boys Swing Band amongst others.
Beverley Atherton, music teacher at Overleigh St Mary’s in Handbridge, said: “There was a lovely range of music and I was particularly impressed by the Bolton band - the percussion players were absolutely brilliant.
“We took Year 5 pupils and everyone got something different out of the concert.”
Margaret Williams, a teacher at Belgrave Primary School said: “It was really well organised and a wonderful experience for the children. We took a Year 3 group and they particularly enjoyed it when they were given the opportunity to try out some of the instruments.
“I would recommend the event to all teachers.”
Pictures from the Primary Proms will appear in the Celebrations section of this Friday’s Chronicle, on sale from October 10.