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PGCE music students involved in The Primary Cluster Orchestra Day

18 June 2019

Congratulations to Dr Marina Gall for another highly successful Primary Cluster Orchestra Day - an event that Marina and the School's PGCE music students have a key role in making happen.

The Primary Cluster Orchestra Day, a collaboration between the University of Bristol and Bristol Plays Music, will be led by Phil Dixon, a teacher of music and music technology and composer-in-residence from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School and University of Bristol alumnus (MA 2002).

Mr Dixon, together with eight University of Bristol trainee (PGCE) music teachers, will be working with the schoolchildren on three pieces: Symphonie Fantastique extract: Berlioz; a medley of three ballet pieces – Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky, Coppélia: Delibes, Petrushka: Stravinsky, and the Avengers theme: Alan Silvestri.

The theme of the orchestra day is storytelling through music.  The pieces, rearranged for the pupils by Claire Alsop, Bristol alumnus (BA 1997), have been chosen to reflect the different ways music can tell a narrative.

Dr Marina Gall, Head of PGCE Music in the University's School of Education, said: "Music enables a diverse range of young people to engage and fulfil their creative aspirations.  The workshop is a great opportunity for the children to come together to play music, for our secondary music teacher trainees to develop their skills in working with younger children and, most importantly, to have fun."

Read the University press release

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