Silkstone Common
 Junior & Infant School Orchestra

Silkstone Common Junior and Infant School is a small village school on the rural outskirts of Barnsley. With only 148 pupils from Reception to Year 6 it nevertheless boasts an orchestra of 28 students - a third of all children in Key Stage 2!

Silkstone Common Junior and Infant School Orchestr

Kathryn Smith, a full time Key Stage 2 class teacher, set up the orchestra to share her love of music with the children and to give pupils a chance to enjoy discovering and making music together.

The orchestra runs during breaks and lunchtimes and has the feel of an extended family, helping participants develop team skills, allowing them to shine individually and consequently building each child’s sense of self worth and confidence.

The orchestra gives many performances each year, often in aid of charity, though none to date have been as grand as this one at the Royal Albert Hall for the Schools Prom which they are especially thrilled and excited about!

Musical Director : Kathryn Smith

Age range of performers: 8-12

Sh! Sh! - Helen Butterworth
Dilley Dance -  Helen Butterworth

Silkstone Common J & I Orchestra


Room 5 rehearse for the Schools Prom. Photo: Richa Watch Room 5

Room 5 are a young, up and coming traditional band from the Outer Hebrides. They spoke to Tim Lihoreau ahead of their Royal Albert Hall debut.

Birmingham Schools Brass Band rehearsal Watch Birmingham Schools Brass Band

Birmingham Schools’ Brass Band was formed 23 years and now has 46 members aged 13-18. They spoke to Tim Lihoreau about what performing at the Schools Prom meant to them.