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Students' classical performance hits the right note

Published on 20/04/17

Students from a Lowestoft high school have joined an orchestra of professional musicians for a classical concert celebrating the local landscape.

Eleven students from East Point Academy, including keyboard and guitar players from Year 10 and vocalists from Year 9, joined the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the Sounds Of Lowestoft show at the Marina Theatre on Wednesday, April 19.

Working with composer James Redwood, the students wrote and performed a short song to accompany a film that had been shot on location in Lowestoft.

The show was part of Musical Landscapes, a week-long event featuring classical concerts and workshops put on by the orchestra, which regularly performs at prestigious venues such as Glyndebourne and the South Bank Centre.

Alexine Johnson, curriculum leader for music at East Point Academy, said: “What an incredible experience for our young musicians.

“It’s shown our students every stage from composing and rehearsing to performing with professionals.

”It’s been an absolute privilege to work with everyone involved – the musicians, Suffolk Music Hub, Orchestras Live, and of course James Redwood and the OAE’s education director Cherry Forbes.”

The event aimed to break down barriers to classical music, with one East Point student commenting: “My mum said it’s not the sort of music she’d normally listen to, but it was really good and she really enjoyed it!”