Music is in the air

Pupils from Elson Junior School play in the school orchestra which has invited pupils from other schools to take part. Violin teacher Richard Boland with (left to right), Sean Werren and Zoe Rundell both from Brune Park Community School, and Abigail Sharpe from Elson Juniors, all eleven. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (113556-3)
Pupils from Elson Junior School play in the school orchestra which has invited pupils from other schools to take part. Violin teacher Richard Boland with (left to right), Sean Werren and Zoe Rundell both from Brune Park Community School, and Abigail Sharpe from Elson Juniors, all eleven. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113556-3)
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A SUCCESSFUL school orchestra in Gosport is opening its doors to youngsters across the area to create a hub of musical creativity.

Elson Youth Orchestra (EYO) which was formed in September 2010 has been a big hit with audiences at its twice-yearly classical concerts.

It currently has 20 string players mainly from Elson Juniors but hopes to recruit as many talented instrumentalists from the wider Gosport school community to establish itself as a true community orchestra.

Carole Gratton, who chairs EYO, said: ‘We want to provide an opportunity for young people in the wider community to experience success.

‘Being involved in the orchestra broadens horizons for the children who learn about notation, bowing, posture and general musicianship. It helps develop their creativity, well-being and self-esteem.

‘We believe it is hugely important to raise our children’s aspirations.’

There is no minimum standard to join but children must be receiving string lessons and have their own instruments.

To sponsor or join the orchestra call (023) 9258 3754 or email orchestra@elsonjunior.org.uk.