The distinctive sounds of Africa reached Shrewsbury recently

An African drumming workshop was held at Prestfelde School as part of the school’s diverse musical activities.

Every pupil in the senior department of the London Road school got a chance play one of the drums, as well as the much larger Japanese Taiko drums, in the two-day event led by Shropshire Music Service.

“The drumming workshops were great fun and a way for the pupils to work together and learn more about different instruments from other cultures,” said director of music Jeremy Lund.

Prestfelde, which has a purpose-built music school featuring a large performance room with individual classrooms and a music technology centre, is holding auditions for music scholarships this week.

Mr Lund said: “Music is a very important part of life here. It is taught to all year groups, starting with the very youngest in our nursery classes, and every pupil is encouraged to play a musical instrument, with individual lessons being available from appropriate ages.

“We nurture all abilities, getting the best from every child, as we consider music to be a vital ingredient in a balanced, well-rounded education.”

There are plenty of opportunities for participation and performance - musicians are invited to join the school orchestra, brass group, string quartets, jazz band or one of the three school choirs.

Regular performances take place throughout the year, both in and out of school, ranging from concerts and services in Shrewsbury Abbey to an ensemble trip to Radbrook Nursing Home to play and sing for the residents.

Music scholarships are offered for children in year six, both to current pupils and external candidates. There is also the chance for budding musicians joining the school in year six to apply for a special music award. Scholarship auditions for both take will place on Thursday, January 24.

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