Children from Priestlands School Guitar Group have returned victorious from the recent New Milton Music Festival 2012.
The Priestlands School Guitar Group, directed by Hampshire Music Service tutor James Ivin, has been going for about four years. The group entered the Festival held on 10 March 2012 and won the Mixed Ensemble class, coming away not only with a trophy but also gaining a Merit. They were also invited back to play at the Gala Concert the following day. Says Priestlands School headteacher Chris Willsher, I congratulate the students involved, they thoroughly deserve their success. I also thank James Ivin for his leadership of the group and HMS for their continued support.”
The Priestlands School Guitar Group forms part of an extensive range of musical opportunities that Hampshire Music Service provides to the New Forest area. These include wind, guitar and vocal ensembles, Holiday Drum Clubs, Listen2Me (whole class instrumental and vocal programme where primary school children learn a different instrument each term) and classroom/small group music teaching of all types.
In addition Hampshire Music Service is currently running a year-long project, inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, called ‘Create the Future’ that involves Priestlands School and Oak Lodge School. The schools are working with a professional composer to write songs and music theatre pieces which will culminate in performances of a new show across the Forest in the summer term.
Hampshire Music Service is also staging Hampshire Welcomes the World (HWtW). HWtW is inspired by London 2012 and is a year long exploration and celebration of world cultures, music and some of the extraordinary heritage sites in Hampshire. The New Forest will host one of five major events on Saturday 30 June 2012 when a magical sequence of story, music and inspiration for all the family will take place in the Forest. During a walk through the Forest stories, myths and legends will be accompanied by evocative music from the African traditions.