Year 3 at All Souls CE Primary, Westminster, had the privilege of taking part in ‘My Morning Song’, a cross-cultural musical and educational partnership between British and Vietnamese primary schools, funded by the British Council.

The children were mesmerised as they listened to Caroline Sharp – a violinist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra – perform Elgar’s Chanson de Matin.  For most, it was the first time they had heard a live performance like that.  Children then worked together to compose their very own morning songs in response to the one they had just heard.  The children experimented with pitch, rhythm and dynamics to write their song.  In a few months’ time, the children will be meeting online with a class in Vietnam to exchange their morning songs.  We’re excited to see how the two compositions compare and hope that we will learn about and appreciate more of each other’s cultures as we do. 

Below are some comments from the children.

“I enjoyed listening to Elgar’s music because I really liked the sound and what it was saying about the morning sun being beautiful.”

“I enjoyed using the microphone and the computer to record our song while we all performed it!”

 “I enjoyed listening to Caroline’s violin.  I wrote my song about birds, pancakes for breakfast and red buses on busy roads.  I’m looking forward to hearing the music from Vietnam.”

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