On Wednesday 3rd May, Year 3, 4 and 6 had a fantastic morning with the Halle Orchestra at the Sheffield City Hall. This season’s series of Hallé for Youth schools’ concerts has a natural world theme. ‘Back to Nature’ looks at natural landscapes, such as jungles, grasslands and oceans, to name but a few and fit pieces of orchestral music to each type. The children were treated to a BBC Ten Pieces II work for Jungles, Mason Bates’ wonderfully evocative, ‘A Bao a Qu’ from ‘The Anthology of Fantastic Zoology’, for grasslands, John Barry’s expansive score to the feature film, ‘Out of Africa’ and for oceans, Debussy’s masterpiece, ‘La Mer’. Besides these three pieces the range of music goes from Sibelius, his popular ‘Finlandia’ to John Williams’ music for ‘The Return of the Jedi’ – the Forest music.
To complete the experience and entice the senses, everyone was handed a ‘scratch and sniff’ card to use at just the right moment to match the landscape in question.
This was a fabulous morning and we would like to thank the Halle and the Sheffield Music Hub for making this morning possible.