Leeds - Making music and friends, too
Pupils formed a band and then took to the stage just one week later at Beechwood Primary in Leeds.
The children, from 11 different primary schools, played together in a 60-strong band of violins, brass, recorders, African drums and guitars.
The group was brought together under the East Leeds Elastic Band project and was given just two days to rehearse. Many of the participants had only been learning their instruments for two terms.
Alex Wibrew, head of the East Leeds music centre, said: "Music is a fantastic way of bringing people together and raising the self-belief of each pupil. We had a lot of fun during this production and made lots of new friends and some pretty good music too." DM.