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Philharmonia iOrchestra Unwrapped

Pupils in Year 5 were lucky enough to attend a fantastic schools concert given by the Philharmonia Orchestra at Plymouth Guildhall this morning. The audience was introduced to the sections of the orchestra, shown how an orchestra works as a team, given specific listening points for each piece and encouraged to participate in activities designed to support the listening experience. The pieces that the orchestra played were all about journeys and destinations and included exciting upbeat pieces like Piazolla's 'Libertango' and music from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' by Zimmer. 'Pacific 321' by Honegger conjured up images of a train journey and Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man' of wide open spaces. It was an exciting, inspiring experience, Year 5 pupils were 'wowed' and I think the concert left a lasting impression. My favourite quote from the morning in response to Elgar's 'Nimrod'-'The music was like I was looking back at what I've done in my life and what I might do in the future'[JB]!

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