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Pupils inspire communities through song with AmaSing at Storyhouse - 16/03/2018

Pupils from the University Church Free School (UCFS) performed at the ‘AmaSing’ concert, held at Storyhouse in Chester this week.

UCFS is a school with a strong musical ethos where pupils regularly receive a bespoke and comprehensive musical curriculum designed, delivered and evaluated by trained music specialists. The children took part in the AmaSing concert to develop and improve their singing and performance skills. The performance allowed the children to experience singing in a professional theatre, while raising money for charity.

AmaSing is committed to organising and developing exciting and inspiring community projects and performances linked with singing, music and arts.

The AmaSing concert was the first of this type to be performed in Chester and involved over 33 primary schools from Chester and Ellesmere Port. The event was also involved students from the University of Chester and two professional composers Matt Baker and Andrew Smith.

The project aimed to bring community cohesion and develop links between different groups from across a variety of backgrounds, cultures and needs. The project allowed participants to experience new opportunities, while working with talented specialists to develop and acquire new skills and knowledge. Over three days, more than 1,000 children performed a selection of songs, two of which were specially composed for the project. The performance was accompanied by a professional band, led by composer Andrew Smith.

One of the songs was composed by the children, the University of Chester students and Matt Baker about making the world a better place. The second song was composed by Andrew Smith, which related to the Macmillan Cancer Charity to inspire the children to believe in themselves and live every day to the full.

The children performed a number of hit songs including AmaSing Pop Mash up, Three Little Birds, Raise My Voice, Roar, Ain’t No Mountain High, Sing, Rule the World and the Chester Zoo Bird song.

The music curriculum at UCFS is closely linked to that of the learning challenge and as such, pupils across the school learn music in a varied and exciting way. Do we need to explain what the learning challenge is?

Louise Garfitt, a student from University of Chester, said: “I have never seen a group of children have so much confidence to stand up on stage and sing with great expression and enthusiasm! The concert was magnificent! I felt honoured to be a part of it.”

Ella B, Year 6 pupil, said: “The performance was amazing! It was wonderful to sing with a live band and meet lots of new people.”

Isobel A, Year 6 pupil, added: “We were very lucky to perform at the special venue, Storyhouse. It was so exciting when we were all back stage waiting for our call to stage”.