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Travelling by Tuba at Hesketh House

Friday, 14 October 2016

Musical duo Travelling by Tuba once again visited the Junior Girls to help pupils to explore a range of instruments from around the world.

The performance opened with a flag-waving procession to get everyone in the spirit of the occasion, and then the girls were whisked on a whistle-stop tour of all corners of the globe, and moving back and forth through time. The girls heard plenty of pieces from contemporary instruments like the Tuba, but also were introduced to ocarinas from Egypt, dragon-headed trumpets played by Chinese priests, the Roman cornu and the Turkish schnib, and even South American panpipes. They also learned about the first mobile phone: the 3.6 metre alpine horn!

Pupils were delighted not only to hear these instruments, but also to have the chance to play some of them!

Musicians Chris Cranham and Stewart Death created an exciting atmosphere around each of the instruments and managed to pack lots of historic and musical information into their performance along with plenty of humour. The Junior Girls learned lots of new facts while also enjoying some great music.

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The flag-waving opening to the Travelling by Tuba performance

The flag-waving opening to the Travelling by Tuba performance

Pupils were able to try their hand playing different instruments

Pupils were able to try their hand playing different instruments