Children blow their own trumpets

Blowing their own trumpets - Abbeyfields First School pupils taking part in their trumpet assembly.

Blowing their own trumpets - Abbeyfields First School pupils taking part in their trumpet assembly.

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THE audience enjoyed a blast of brass as pupils from a Morpeth school showed off their skills.

A total of 38 children in year 3 at Abbeyfields First School, along with five members of staff, performed some trumpet tunes at a special assembly.

They have learned how to play the instrument in lessons over 10 weeks with David Tallent from the Northumberland Creative & Performing Arts organisation, also known as the county music service.

Among the songs played during the event were Au Clair de la Lune and Eadie’s Blues.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant Jan Curry said: “We get to choose the instrument that the pupils will use when the music service comes into school to run the sessions and we have selected as wide a range as possible – from steel drumming to penny whistles.

“This time round they have been working with pocket trumpets as they are more suitable for younger children to play. We hope some of them will carry on playing it and move onto a full size trumpet when they are older.

“They have really loved the sessions and at the assembly they did two encores because they performed so well. It also helped that when they went home, the pupils could go online to a website which showed all the music they had been working on in school so they could do some further practice.”