Exploring the universe through Music and Art: young composers collaborate with CBSO

Our key stage 2 pupils recently participated in an exciting, unique creative schools’ project in collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), titled ‘The Planets’. This incredible opportunity presented them with the chance to work with world-class musicians and artists, participating in a range of creative workshops led by partner artist and educator Benny Simp.

During the spring term, pupils were able to experience a live CBSO ensemble and family concert at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, where they gathered inspiration to help them develop their very own compositions and planet-inspired artworks. Two of the CBSO’s musicians also surprised the children with a visit to help them develop their instrumental and vocal skills.

Pupils showed an amazing amount of talent and creative ability, displaying abundant enthusiasm as they went on to record and edit their soundtracks with help from the CBSO’s learning and engagement team and specialist sound engineers.

As we eagerly waited for the finished products, we were treated to an exclusive interactive trio performance from our visiting musicians, giving a glimpse into the world of music performance and which it takes to become a musician at the very top of their game.

We strongly value and recognise the importance of the creative arts in helping our children to develop and learn important skills such as collaboration, communications and problem solving. Skills which are essential for their learning, education and development while also providing unique and immersive learning experiences which support multiple areas across our curriculum.

We are hugely grateful for the opportunity to work with such talented artists from the CBSO and see our pupils grow in creative expression and imagination, where they have once again amazed us with their wonderful ideas.