Trumpet fanfare

9th November 2007 at 00:00
Children at Canning Street Primary in Newcastle upon Tyne practise on mini-trumpets in a scheme to get them enthused in playing musical instruments, writes Helen Ward."They are compact yet have the same fingering as normal trumpets," said Dame Mavis Grant, the headteacher. "It means they are more easily managed and the children think they look cool.

"We have 34 different languages spoken here so we emphasise music as something all can participate in.

"When all 30 trumpets are played at once, it is loud. What they've not yet acquired in skill, they have acquired in enthusiasm."

Newcastle council has provided 500 of the coloured pocket trumpets to 13 schools.

Photograph: Mark Pinder.

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