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Thursday, 07 February 2013
Bolton School Junior Boys were treated to a performance with a difference when they were visited by music duo 'Travelling by Tuba'.
There was a strong emphasis on audience participation as the whole school was given an exciting presentation tracing the history of the tuba. The show featured weird and exotic examples of musical instruments from all over the world, beginning with a Viking and his horn and then moving on to an ancient aboriginal didgeridoo and a Fijian conch shell. Journeying through the courts of Europe, boys got to hear typical music of the time played on early instruments including the sackbut and they got to hear the postman's posthorn which would have been played on the royal mail coach 400 years ago. The boys were shown the first tuba, the weird and wonderful serpent which developed into the tuba as we know it today, and discovered how the tuba works through playing homemade hoseophones.
Mrs Stephanie Ives, Music Teacher, said: “Travelling by tuba were with us for just over an hour with all the boys together in the hall. The boys were amazed by Chris on tuba and Stewart on piano and loved the demonstrations of other instruments such as conch shell, Alpine horn and didgeridoo. They particularly enjoyed the interaction between Chris and the female members of staff when he serenaded us! It was a very informative, interesting and inspiring afternoon.”
Mr Stephen Whittaker, Head of the Junior Boys’ School, added: “The visit by Travelling by Tuba was a great success. The boys enjoyed it immensely – the afternoon was informative, lively and interactive and proved a great way of learning whilst having fun.”
Travelling by Tuba is a highly successful award-winning education programme suitable for children of all ages. It has been featured on Channel 4 on their Okey Cokey Karioke programme and in the Times Educational Supplement. The educational work of Travelling by Tuba has been recognised by Arts Council England for its clarity of presentation and relevance to the National Curriculum.
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