Project develops into jamboree for schools

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Hundreds of children will take part in a recorder jamboree today to showcase their musical skills.

More than 450 pupils representing every primary school in Rutland will join forces for the event.

The jamboree follows a project by Rutland Music which provided a set of recorders and books for one class at each school to learn to play the instrument.

Founder Peter Davis, who is director of music and Oakham School, said: “It is wonderful that all pupils in our primary schools will now benefit from Rutland Music’s support to play an instrument as well as singing regularly in their school.”

The jamboree will be led by international musician, Sarah Watts.

Steve Flowers, a teacher at St Mary and St John’s Primary School, North Luffenham, said: “I have no musical background and even less rhythm but having a brilliant class eager to learn and a super music hub teacher has given me the ability and confidence to teach recorders. In fact music as a whole has been transformed.”