Hundreds of Calderdale school children have travelled to London to perform at one of the capital’s grandest concert halls.
Around 600 children from some of the region’s primary and secondary schools will debut in the Music for Youth School for Proms 2014 after successfully securing the massed ensemble in tonight’s (November 11) performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
Students will bring to life the prose of a piece of thirteenth century Muslim literature after Halifax’s Parkinson Lane head teacher Gugsy Ahmed proposed the multi-cultural cohesive schools performance project.
Ahead of tonight’s show, Halifax primary school pupils’ from Parkinson Lane, All Saints, Holy Trinity, Luddenden, Mount Pellon, St Augustine’s, St Mary’s, Warley Road and Halifax high schools: Halifax High, The Crossley Heath School and The North Halifax Grammar School brought the chants and discourse of the feminist literature, based on the true story of Tumhein Dil lagi in a piece of music composed by Shahbaz Hussain and Bobby R.S, alive in a public performance at London’s Hyde Park.
Speaking ahead of thonight’s live perfromance, Mr Ahmed said; “We had a long journey down and were delayed significantly but we were still able to perform in Hyde Park ahead of tonight’s School for Proms.
“The performance champions women’s rights and has been a fantastic opportunity for children of different faiths and ages to work together on something they’re proud to be part of.”
Music for Youth’s chief executive Judith Webster, said; “the Schools Prom concerts are our national good news story and a source of pride for anyone who cares about the education of our young people, the cultural life of future generations and the health and wellbeing of our society.
“It is a privilege to be able to present such shining examples of musical achievement in three fun and stimulating concerts which display increasing diversity, innovation and scope every year.
“Calderdale has shown inclusive partnership and this is an opportunity for them to present their fantastic arrangement of celebrating Eastern and Western cultures. Their performance is distinctive and representative of their area.”
See Friday’s Courier for a special feature and pictures.