Leicestershire School Music Service 70th Anniversary Concert

Well done to the year five pupils who took part in the celebration concert held at DeMontfort Hall. We were delighted to have been chosen to take part and it was a wonderful afternoon.

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary an exciting and ambitious large-scale project, working collaboratively with the Philharmonia Orchestra was commissioned. This gave a unique opportunity to create a legacy for future musicians to enjoy and to give students the chance to show their creative skills by composing and performing their own piece of celebratory music working alongside professional musicians. It also celebrated the rich, cultural diversity of the work both organisations deliver.

Legend of the Sky is a composition by Fraser Trainer with a libretto from Hazel Gould, which includes a large orchestral ensemble with steel pans and Indian classical musicians, a massed primary school choir and the LSMS show choir who, alongside members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, perform an epic oratorio reimagining the ancient Leicestershire folk legend, The Griffin of Griffydam. The music narrates the tale of a griffin, a fabulous creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion who terrorised the villagers of Griffydam.

Thank you to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Hollis for supporting the pupils on the day and to Mr Kirkland for helping to prepare for the big day.