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Holy Evangelists and Good Shepherd Primary Schools Take the Stage with Ulster Orchestra

Primary school children from Holy Evangelists and Good Shepherd Primary Schools in Belfast showcased their musical talents alongside the renowned Ulster Orchestra in a vibrant performance at Colin Town Square as part of the Crescendo outreach project.

The Crescendo Project, a partnership between the Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Shankill Children's Zone, Queen's University Belfast's Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, and the Ulster Orchestra is aimed at providing high-quality music education to children in areas of social deprivation. The project brings music education to over 1,000 children across four Belfast schools: Good Shepherd, Malvern, Holy Evangelists', and Wheatfield.

This exciting performance provided a platform for the young musicians to

 alongside professional musicians from the Ulster Orchestra. The performance included interactive music activities, recitals, and a grand finale featuring a combined performance – a truly special end-of-year celebration for the children, their families, and the local community.

"We are incredibly grateful to the Ulster Orchestra, the Department for Communities, the Executive Office, Belfast City Council, the National Lottery Awards for All NI for their unwavering support," expressed Annie Armstrong, Manager of the Colin Neighbourhood Partnership. "This event exemplifies the power of music to unite communities, celebrate achievement, and foster a love for the arts in our children."

This event served as a warm-up for the grand Crescendo Final Event which will take place at the Ulster Hall. Pupils from all four Crescendo partner schools will have the opportunity to perform alongside the Ulster Orchestra, culminating in a grand finale showcasing the power of music education.

In March, P7 pupils from all four schools came together for their first rehearsal as a unified orchestra at the Ulster Orchestra's home in Townsend Street. This marked the first time these young musicians from two different communities have united for a large-scale musical collaboration, fostering cultural exchange and a sense of unity through music.

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