Schools – ‘Piano Fantasia – Discover the Piano’
On Monday 21 May, our ‘Piano Fantasia’ brought the wonder and excitement of the piano to life for 1,200 primary school children at Leeds Town Hall!
Working in collaboration with pianist and entertainer Will Pickvance, and three inspiring Scholars from the Lang Lang Music Foundation, we created a show which explored the tremendous history and variety of the piano – delving inside the piano, following its keyboard ancestry, meeting some of its most infamous composers, and experiencing some of its most iconic pieces along the way:
“The children enjoyed watching the different pianos being played and they were enlightened to find out about composers they had, surprisingly, never been exposed to before. The word search was a great touch too – the children were so excited when they heard the composer’s name and they had had some beforehand exposure to this from the simple activity” (Year 4 Teacher)
The show combined live performances from Will and the three Lang Lang Scholars, with beautiful animations and audience interaction – all held together by the story of a young boy who asks Father Christmas for a spaceship, but receives a piano instead!
“Absolutely brilliant. Such a well planned and well written show. Well done” (Year 4 Teacher)
Over two performances we welcomed 1,200 primary school children from Leeds and West Yorkshire, enhancing their experience with a free worksheet for all pupils and introductory music workshops in the lead-up to the performances.
With thanks to funding from Arts Council England and the Leeds Music Education Partnership, all schools were able to attend for free with travel bursaries available to cover transport costs: