A musician in north-east London, David Hoskins, has sent me a project his orchestra has undertaken with local schoolchildren, showing them a video performance of the Resurrection symphony and harvesting their creative responses. In six sessions over three weeks, the Year 5 pupils in Chapel End Junior School, Walthamstow, heard sections from the symphony, discussed their reactions, made their own art works and composed music – a selection of which will be played by the orchestra before tonight’s performance of the work in Walthamstow Assembly Hall.
You can download a sample of their work here.
One pupil wrote:
I have to leave now
I will never forget you
The sun will come up
– as good an analysis of Mahler as you could wish for. If you’re free tonight, there’s Mahler from the Forest, where he began.