Pupils took part in Bradford Music Education Hub’s ‘This is Bradford – This is Us’ celebration as part of BBC Music Day.

Musicians from the school joined pupils from across Bradford for the musical celebration day in City Park.

A range of activities and performances took place throughout the day from the ‘Big Sing’ to the ‘Big Dance’, concluding with the day’s finale of the ‘Drum It Mass Workout’, which will bring all performers together to play a single composition. This activity saw hundreds of pupils engage in an interactive performance centred on rhythm and physical movement.

Leading up to the day, Bradford Music Education Hub asked schools to produce various pieces of artwork that reflect their school, with the winning entries to be displayed in City Park during the day. The school organised an art competition so that children of all year groups could create imaginative pieces. To display the artistic contribution of every pupil, the school has published every piece of artwork in its own book, entitled ‘This Is Barkerend – This is Us’.

Pupils proudly brought their artwork to life by producing a video, which premiered in a school assembly. The film soundtrack featured two songs that were performed by pupils at the music day, both written by composers from Bradford.

The celebration in City Park was captured on film as part of BBC Music Day 2019. BBC Music Day brings the nation together to celebrate the power of music to change lives; from community music initiatives, to working with high profile musicians through a host of performances and activities across TV, radio and online.

Principal Ann Winter said:

“We truly embraced our invitation to Bradford Music Education Hub’s ‘This Is Bradford – This is Us’ celebration day! It was fantastic for us to be able to practise music and create art on a whole school level with the end goal firmly in mind. I was extremely proud of the contribution of Barkerend pupils to the success of the event, and it was wonderful for the children to experience something as innovative as the ‘Drum It Mass Workout’ which undoubtedly made a lasting impression on our pupils”.

PUPILS enjoyed performances and activities at BBC Music Day