Music inspires Mangotsfield pupils
Mangotsfield School pupils get to grips with some wind intruments
CHILDREN at Mangotsfield School have been given a taste of life as a musician.
The 120 Year 7 pupils met a range of musicians from South Gloucestershire Music Hub, with the aim of encouraging them to aspire to possible career and learning opportunities.
School head of music Zoe Giblin said: “Music at Mangotsfield School has had such a fantastic history, and we only wish for that to grow.
"We hope that bringing talented musicians from our local area into our school inspires students to pick up an instrument and have a go.
"With some difficult and isolating experiences in the past year, learning an instrument can have a huge impact on mental health and well-being, not to mention their aspirations for the future.
"We hope that more of our students will feel excited and motivated to learn a musical instrument, based on these wonderful performances.”
South Gloucestershire Music Hub provides instrumental and vocal lessons in schools and runs orchestras, bands and ensembles at three music centres, giving 4,000 children each week education and opportunities in music.
Hub music progression and participation leader Kathryn Harris said: "Music is a vital experience for all of us. It helps us to be creative, builds confidence and relieves stress.
"Over the months of lockdown, we have seen time and time again the restorative power of music and I’m delighted that South Gloucestershire Music Hub is able to support Mangotsfield School in joining more than 50% of schools in South Gloucestershire working hard to bring a wide range of musical experiences safely to their pupils."