Talented Dunmow musicians go on tour

Talented Dunmow musicians

Talented Dunmow musicians - Credit: Archant

MUSICIANS at Helena Romanes School, in Great Dunmow, have been in such high demand they have gone on tour.

Talented Dunmow musicians

Talented Dunmow musicians - Credit: Archant

Students performed at various primary schools to show Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils what they have been learning.

Youngsters at Great Dunmow, Dunmow St Mary’s, Rodings and Ford End primary schools have all enjoyed performances from the HRS students, playing guitars, flutes, cello and brass, solo and in their bands and choirs.

They ended the tour with their first big summer music concert at HRS.

Music teacher Pani Charalambous said: “I wanted to take our students back to their primary schools as it’s important to keep that connection. I wanted their primary teachers to see how much their former students have progressed at HRS.

“We have one particular student who started out so nervous about these performances she even wanted to back out.

“But once she’d done it once, she was asking when she could do it again. I am really so proud of what they are all achieving in music.”

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The talented musicians are building up to their biggest gig – performing at the Royal Albert Hall in November. They will take part in the Music for Youth Proms alongside 600 youngsters from across Essex.

The HRS students are enjoying workshops in areas from gospel to R’n’B in the lead-up to the big event.

Meanwhile, budding musicians at the school have been given a boost with new equipment.

A donation of £191.57 has been given to the HRS music department by the PTA.

The department is making over its music practice room, replacing old and out of date equipment with new violins, guitars and percussion to benefit students.