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Student musicians perform new work written by school children

(14 June 2019)

Students and pupils rehearse for the concert

Student musicians will join local school children to perform a new classical music piece the children helped compose.

Members of our Durham University Palatinate Orchestra (DUPO) will perform St Margaret’s Promenades with children from St Margaret’s C of E Primary School, Durham City, at Durham Johnston School on Sunday 16 June.

What are the St Margaret’s Promenades?

One of our music PhD students, Rob King, helped the children turn art they had created representing their communities and interests into music – and the piece was dubbed St Margaret’s Promenades.

Mr King previously worked as a school teacher and is passionate about inspiring children’s interest in classical music.

The concert will include sections of Pictures at an Exhibition, a classical music piece by the 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, and the children’s own work.

Amy Bell, Assistant Head and Key Stage 1 Leader at St Margaret’s C of E Primary School, said: “It has been a very exciting project for our children to be involved in, from start to finish. The art work by the children is amazing and inspired them to compose magnificent music with Rob.

“We are especially proud of the school orchestra for working so hard on their performance. They are extremely talented and hardworking children and we can’t wait to hear the final performance.”

About the concert

The concert will take place at Durham Johnston School, Crossgate Moor, Durham City, DH1 4SU, on Sunday 16 June at 6pm.

Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for concessions, and free for children under 12. Tickets are available from or on the door.

The concert is part of the Summer in the City Festival, and we’re grateful to Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) for supporting the project.