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10 November 2014, 19:43
Calderdale Massed Ensemble at the MFY Schools Prom
A 650-piece ensemble, including dancers and instrumentalists, performed an epic piece at the Royal Albert Hall. They gave Classic FM a preview after their rehearsal.
The collaboration between Parkinson Lane Community Primary School, Calderdale Music Service and the West Central Halifax Partnership Schools, has been vital for the success of this project. The 650-piece ensemble, including interpretative dancers, brass and tabla players, have worked on a song originally made famous by the qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Khan actually performed at one of the schools before his death in 1997. The piece the children are performing is one they previously performed for their parents at a community event.
Group director Gugsy Ahmed certainly has the respect of his students. Asked who would play Ahmed in a film, they told Classic FM's Tim Lihoreau there's nobody who could portray him and that he is by far the coolest person they know!