Gallery: More than 300 children play instruments together at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds

Making music: nine primary schools from the Bury Schools Partnership taking part in the BBC Ten Piec

Making music: nine primary schools from the Bury Schools Partnership taking part in the BBC Ten Pieces initiative at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Archant

A sea of children filled the Apex arts venue in Bury St Edmunds yesterday as they came together for a mass orchestral performance.

More than 300 youngsters from nine primary schools in and around Bury performed together, and as individual schools, as part of a BBC classical music project.

The initiative, Ten Pieces, aims to open up the world of classical music for children and inspire them to compose their own pieces.

At the Apex the children performed as a mass orchestra, but each school also performed their own composition separately.

Hilary Turner, western area manager of the Suffolk County Music Service, said for the group performance there were about 50 children on guitar, 40 on flute, 40 on cello, and others on percussion.

She said: “The aim is to stimulate their interest in classical music and also to give them an opportunity to perform. They were all playing an instrument.”

The schools involved are all part of the Bury Schools Partnership (BSP) and include Ickworth Park, Great Whelnetham and Riverwalk.

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Mrs Turner said: “We started this project way back in the autumn term. We had workshops for the schools’ teachers and they had training sessions from the County Music Service.

“The teachers went away and worked with their own individual children and were visited by the music department at King Edward VI School to help them and today [yesterday] is about putting all that work together.”

Sarah Trueman, co-ordinator of the BSP, said: “There’s been a lot of planning and to see it all come together has been amazing.”