Norfolk Schools Celebrate Festival of World Sacred Music


Published:
1:53 PM March 13, 2022



Schools across Norfolk performed with artists from around the world in a series of concerts to celebrate diversity.

Artists from Bulgaria, India, Venezuela and Zimbabwe have performed at the “World Sacred Music Festival” over the past two weeks and teamed up with local schoolchildren for their performances.

Organized by Music Worldwide and billed as a “World Sacred Music Festival”, schoolchildren from Cawston Church of England Junior Academy, Lionwood Junior School, Norwich School, Norwich Primary Academy and St Williams Junior School all participated in the multicultural festival.

The concerts took place at venues across Norwich, including the Theater Royal, the Playhouse and the Halls.

The goal of the Connecting Cultures concerts was to help students develop common understanding and identities across traditional divides of nation, race and faith.

The concerts have also been complemented by five complementary lessons that meet OFSTED’s UK Values ​​Specification and contextualize their learning so that it can be applied in real-world scenarios.


Gary Newland, artistic director of Music Worldwide.
– Credit: Gemma Brown

Gary Newland, Music Worldwide Artistic Director for the Festival, said: “Connecting Cultures has been a huge success both with educational outreach and showcasing some of the most incredible artists I have been privileged to work with. to work.

“I think we have well and truly landed this event for its inaugural year. I am confident with the success of this project behind us, and our funding partners in place, Connecting Cultures will be back next year.”

The artists who performed were:

Luzmira Zerpa, who is a prolific UK-based Venezuelan singer/songwriter. Participating school: Cawston Church of England Junior Academy.

King Gurcharan Mall, Punjab, India, which is a formidable force in the Asian music industry. Participating school: Lionwood Junior School.

The Bulgarian Choir of London, led by Bulgarian singer Dessislava Stefanova, is a journey through Bulgaria that explores the land’s vocal landscapes and creative traditions. Participating school: Norwich School.

Anna Mudeka, who is a passionate and charismatic ambassador for the arts and culture of the sub-Saharan African continent. Norwich Primary Academy.

Maya Yousef, known for its intense and reflective music, it is filled with Arabic classical tradition, but also has styles of jazz, western classical and flamenco. Participating school: St Williams Junior School.

Justin Adams set, experienced guitarist, producer and composer. Participating group: 14-21 year old asylum/refugees.

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