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Musical Tour as Infants Travel by Tuba

Friday, 14 October 2016

The children at Beech House were visited by musical duo Travelling by Tuba for a special performance in front of the whole school and workshops with Year 2 pupils.

The morning’s Travelling by Tuba performance opened with a procession of flags before taking the children on a wonderful journey around the world and back in time through music. The children experienced English Church music and tunes played on an Egyptian ocarina, listened to historical instruments like the Roman cornu and the Turkish schnib, and of course the tuba played a big part throughout.

Two of the highlights of the day were a dragon-headed trumpet played by Chinese priests, and the 3.6 metre alpine horn. The children not only got to listen to music featuring these instruments, but some of the pupils also got to have a go themselves! The children also got to join in with percussion instruments during the performance.

In addition to hearing some fantastic music, during the performance and workshops pupils also learned lots of fascinating facts about the instruments that the Travelling by Tuba team brought with them, from finding out how the alpine horn is made and that it was used like a mobile phone to pass messages over long distances, to learning why a tuba makes low sounds and what the different parts are called.

Musicians Chris Cranham and Stewart Death created a huge amount of excitement and fun around the music they played and pupils at Beech House really enjoyed the visit from Travelling by Tuba.

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Trying the dragon-headed trumpet

Trying the dragon-headed trumpet

Playing the alpine horn

Playing the alpine horn

Showing off the alpine horn

Showing off the alpine horn