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School musicians perform virtual concert

Wednesday 22 July 2020

Simon Balle School staged a virtual concert featuring 130 musicians aged from 6 to 18 on Sunday 19th July.

The school traditionally stage a concert at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, but due to Covid this has not been possible this year.

However, this has not been a barrier to the music department, who managed to put together a one hour virtual concert with 12 ensembles peforming fifteen pieces.

The concert went live on YouTube at 5pm on Sunday 12th July and has had well over 1,000 views.

Director of Music, Mark Taylor said: "What has been created is an inspiration. All year groups from 2 - 13 participated, including some Year 6 musicians who join us in September. This was a full ensemble concert, recorded individually but combined together. Please do not underestimate the enormity of what has been achieved. This is one of our biggest ever musical projects involving over 130 musicians, hundreds of videos and an amazing piece of teamwork."

Head teacher, Alison Saunders added: "This is a truly remarkable achievement and once again Simon Balle All-through School is a trailblazer in showcasing digitally both its amazing talent but also how music is at the heart of our school. In this extraordinary time, the power of music to connect, energise and transform lives should not be forgotten."

The concert can be viewed on Youtube.

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