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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!
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
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