May 16th & 17th saw schools from across Northern Devon come together for a Cultural and Community Canrival as part of the Northen Devon Summertime Celebration in partnership with North Devon Theatres.
School groups had prepared performance pieces to showcase their instrumentall, vocal and dance work inspried by different countries of the world. They were joined by a house band led by Paul Painter featuring secondary school musicians from the area and members of the Ilfracombe Rocks DMEH supported rock and pop project.
DMS Music Lead for North Devon, Debbie Kent, led the finale sing-a-long each evening with the massed ensmeble singing pieces inspired by the 2016 Brazil Olympics - amongst them, Mas Que Nada and the athemic World in Union.
Feedback from schools was universally positive, including:
"Thank you again for such a wonderful event - we have had so much positive parent feedback about the whole evening and how wonderful it was that our children could share in such inspirational performances."
"This was an exciting experience for our pupils most of whom had never performed at the theatre before. It was particularly positive working alongside other schools and seeing them perform."
"I feel that the opportunity to perform on a professional stage was an amazing opportunity for the pupils."
As DMEH makes plans for a 2017 event, we hope to offer schools in other areas of Devon the opportunity to come together and work collaboratively in professional venues. Please get in touch with your Music Lead if you'd like your school to get involved.