The Princess and the Pea

1st March 2018
This was a vocal project for Reception and Y1 children, written by Sue Nicholls, a specialist music educator in EYFS, based on the traditional tale of “The Princess and the Pea”. Thirty-three classes from across the GM Music Hub were invited to take part and the project began with a CPD session for all the teachers involved, to introduce the songs, narration and accompanying activities.

After a further six weeks preparing in schools, the children and staff arrived at the Lighthouse in Salford, all dressed up as characters from the story, eager to take part in one of two interactive performances – one in the morning and the other in the afternoon! Together with a fantastic storyteller, Ian Bamford, and accompanied by instruments representing each of the orchestral families, as well as home-made pea-shakers, a brilliant time was had by all. Although a few schools were sadly snowed off, their Music Services managed to arrange further local performances so that the children still had an opportunity to perform.