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  The beat goes on
Rendcomb College, Gloucestershire, welcomed more than 160 Year 6 children from eight Primary and Prep schools to their new Grif n Theatre to take part in a ‘Body Percussion Workshop’ held by the Beat Goes On.
The children, from schools across Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, were welcomed to the school before being shown the state-of-the-art performance venue, the Grif n Theatre, in which the workshop and performance to parents would take place. Schools included; Southrop, North Cerney, Hatherop and Stratton Primaries and St Margaret’s Calne, Hopelands and Berkhampstead Prep schools. Rendcomb College Junior School pupils also took part in the workshop.
The Beat Goes On was created by Ollie Tunmer, a former cast member of hit West End show, STOMP. His workshops encourage children to get active while also developing musical skills and using music as
a way to promote wellbeing for both the individual and the school community.
Gavin Roberts, Head of Rendcomb Junior School, said: “Welcoming over 160 children and their families to our new theatre was so exciting. The whole day was full of energy, rousing beats and great fun! Having such training from a West End star has been a highlight of the term so far.”
Director of Music, Dr Tom Edwards said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Ollie for the Beat goes On and wonderful to see so many children learning new skills and developing new ideas about music and how it can be produced. At the end of the day there were many happy, smiling faces thanking Ollie for his enthusiastic and brilliant workshop.”
The workshop began with a warm-up in which Ollie took the students through some basic percussion beats using only their hands, feet and mouths. These warm-ups led into the development of a routine, or composition, which would be performed to the parents later on in the day.
The routine used basic rhythms taught by Ollie with the students giving their own ideas which were added to the sequence.
The day was split into sections with activities held by Rendcomb College’s Head of Key Stage 3, Mrs Rachel Fielding, in which all schools competed in a ‘crossword treasure hunt’ solving riddles
that were set out among the school’s grounds. The winners of the crossword hunt were Hatherop Primary with Southrop Primary coming in a close second.
The children spent their  nal hour  ne-tuning their performance and practicing before taking to the stage in front of an audience of visiting parents and families.
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