Pitch perfect percussion at South Holland schools music festival

Youngsters from Spalding St Johns School performed at the music festival.  SG070616-201TW
Youngsters from Spalding St Johns School performed at the music festival. SG070616-201TW
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The annual South Holland Primary Schools Music Festival took place for the 35th year and was held at Ayscoughee Hall Primary School.

Seven schools were involved – Ayscoughee Hall, Spalding St John’s, Long Sutton, Holbeach Primary Academy, Gedney Drove End, Sutton Bridge Westmere and Holbeach William Stukely.

Daniela McDermott taught how to play Djembe drums. SG070616-206TW

Daniela McDermott taught how to play Djembe drums. SG070616-206TW

During the morning session, the pupils took turns in performing songs and instrumental pieces they had practiced at school as well as songs which were taught on the day, fitting this year’s theme of ‘summer’.

After a picnic in Ayscoughee Hall Gardens, the afternoon session saw professional percussionist Daniela McDermott lead a concert of all kinds of different percussion instruments for nearly 200 children and teachers.

Instruments performed with included djembe drums, the tambourine and maracas, which all originate from different parts of the world.

One of the organisers, Nicola Laud, said: “The children learned the songs with their music teachers and joined in with the other schools in the morning. Then, all the pupils joined together to learn how to play percussion instruments before creating an amazing rhythmic sound co-ordinated by Daniela.”

Long Sutton pupils awaited their turn to perform. SG070616-202TW

Long Sutton pupils awaited their turn to perform. SG070616-202TW

Holbeach Primary Academy pupils enjoying the music. SG070616-203TW

Holbeach Primary Academy pupils enjoying the music. SG070616-203TW

Beaming pupils at William Stukely Primary, Holbeach. SG0706016-205TW

Beaming pupils at William Stukely Primary, Holbeach. SG0706016-205TW

Gedney Drove End and Westmere Sutton Bridge sit waiting for their chance to shine. SG070616-204TW

Gedney Drove End and Westmere Sutton Bridge sit waiting for their chance to shine. SG070616-204TW