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Rocester youngsters learn how to rock through music day

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

27/03/14 Ryecroft Middle school,Live Music - Ryecroft Middle School
Ryecroft Rocester,Live Music Day

27/03/14 Ryecroft Middle school,Live Music - Ryecroft Middle School Ryecroft Rocester,Live Music Day

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SCHOOL pupils in Rocester have been rocking out after professional musicians visited the school to inspire them.

Ryecroft School’s annual music day took place last week and hundreds of youngsters enjoyed a live performance from visiting instrumentalists from across Staffordshire.

The performance followed Ryecroft’s Class Band initiative, which gave pupils the chance to learn an orchestral instrument for free through grant money.

Head Teacher Steve Bardon said he was determined to ensure all his pupils have access to musical performances and tuition.

He said: “The idea was to give every pupil in the school access to live music.

“Some may never have seen a live band perform and it can be an inspiring thing.

“By the end of the concert, all the pupils and the staff were on their feet dancing and cheering. It was an absolutely wonderful atmosphere.

“The performers also took the time to talk about their instruments and some of the bands whose songs they were covering.

“There were several Beatles tracks and the pupils learned how important they were to modern popular culture.

“At the end of the day, music’s not for everyone, but giving youngsters exposure to it is really important to us.”

Ryecroft pupils are all given the chance for extra-curricular instrumental lessons.

Uttoxeter company Hothouse Music also runs an after-school club.

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