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Budding young musicians from schools across North Somerset contribute to a mega Virtual Youth Orchestra recording of Toreador’s Song and Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen for the BBC Music Day!
Anyone of school age who could make a sound on an instrument was invited to practice a suitable part for their instrument of the two famous pieces by Bizet. Then they recorded themselves playing and send it to the North Somerset Music Service. All of the individual recordings were combined to create an enormous virtual orchestra. Recordings were submitted from children who had only had 6 lessons, through to those that have been playing for many years.
Have a listen to all the recordings layered upon each other! The track begins with the Toreadors Song and then moves on to Habanera.
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Recordings came from children attending All Saints East Clevedon, Backwell Junior, Castle Batch, Churchill, Christ Church, Golden Valley, High Down Junior, Mary Elton, Northleaze, St Francis, St John the Evangelist, St Nicholas Chantry, St Peters, St Joseph’s, St Marks, Winscombe, Wraxall, Wrington, Yatton and Yeo Moor Primary Schools. In addition pupils of Backwell, Churchill, Clevedon, Gordano, Nailsea, Priory, St Katherine’s, Worle Secondary Schools and Weston College sent in recordings of themselves playing the music they had been sent.
This project is helping the vast number of young musicians in North Somerset to begin interacting as a ‘community’ and helping them learn about the opportunities for playing together that already exist. Although this project is very much about ‘quantity’, hopefully having been involved many young musicians will want to join some of the excellent ‘quality’ youth ensembles that are available in North Somerset.