On the day of Diwali, Thursday 19th October, six Ladywood District Primary Schools came together, along with fellow pupils, parents, families and invited guests, for The Festival of Light, produced by Town Hall Symphony Hall in partnership with Sampad.
This fantastic celebratory event hosted by Raza Hussain (aka Wuzzamill) saw a Lantern Parade, with pupils adding their glittering hand-made creations to the stage complete with LED candles to light up the stage, and the premiere of a specially commissioned Anthem of Light song.
‘The Festival of Light’ performance saw 60 Nelson Primary pupils transformed into Bollywood Dancers, led by Hina Chavda and 60 Oasis Woodview Academy pupils learning a Bharatanatyam routine, led by Magdalen Gorringe.
In the lead up to the event Beatfreaks poet extraordinaire Amerah Saleh hosted inspirational workshops, which saw pupils from Nelson Primary, St Clement’s C of E and Regent’s Park Community Primary take to the stage and perform their poems, all inspired by the theme of light.
Sanyogita Kumari, who wrote the music and the lyrics for the song, and Magdalen Gorringe created accompanying Mudra hand movements for the choir which amassed more than 150 pupils. Each school learnt the chorus with a different school performing their own verse – all with just one complete rehearsal the morning of the performance!
“It has been such a pleasure working on this project” said Sanyogita Kumari, “and it has been a delight to see the enthusiasm and happiness on children’s faces when they went on to sing this specially created anthem.”
“We are thankful to all the pupils who worked so hard throughout the project to create such an amazing performance, as well as all the teachers at the schools who helped to enable these fantastic learning experiences!” said THSH’s Project Manager, Becky Woodcock.
THSH’s Festival of Light was produced as a result of generous donations from friends and supporters, who were keen to recognise the retirement of THSH’s former Chief Executive, Andrew Jowett, with a celebratory singing project for the young people in Ladywood.
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All photos credit of Kate Green