Classical music taken into classrooms

Children from the Brancaster Class at Greyfriars school pictured during the visit by woodwind musician Adrian Cosker
Children from the Brancaster Class at Greyfriars school pictured during the visit by woodwind musician Adrian Cosker
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A recent initiative aimed at making classical music more accessible to children in West Norfolk primary school continues to attract interest.

Adrian Cosker, a retired school teacher and woodwind musician, has visited Greyfriars School in Lynn and Snettisham Primary school through the Classical Music Rocks project.

Adrian Cosker at Snettisham Primary School

Adrian Cosker at Snettisham Primary School

He gave demonstrations of a range of instruments including different types of saxophone, clarinet, flute and piccolo.

He explained how sound is made and showed what is involved in playing the different instruments whilst pointing out the importance of silence when listening to a concert and how the noise of opening a bag of crisps can ruin enjoyment.

Adrian played a number of extracts from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and finished with the “Pink Panther” theme on a big saxophone.

Children at both schools enjoyed the chance to look closely at the instruments – and to try to lift the saxophone. Adrian was bombarded with questions and was warmly applauded.

Award-winning classical violinist Joo Yeon Sir, who has performed at Greyfriars and Snettisham, returns to Norfolk on Wednesday, March 29, to visit Heacham Junior and Sandringham and West Newton Primary schools.

Last week Joo Yeon and her friend Laura Snowden (guitarist) played pieces composed by themselves on BBC Radio 3 International Women’s Day. They are to perform in a free concert at St Mary’s Church, Snettisham, on Saturday, July 22.

The project has been set up by Peter Barker, of Snettisham, with “Classical Music Rocks – North West Norfolk” (CMR-NWN), a not-for-profit community organisation, which hopes to allow children to hear classical music in a school setting while also developing an audience for the future.