ExTraffordganza 2021

More than 13,000 primary school children from all over Trafford have made history by taking part in one of Trafford’s biggest digital live music events.

This summer’s ExTraffordganza took place on Tuesday 6 July and captured children’s imaginations over three separate digital performances. It was organised by Trafford Music Service, a Trafford Council-run organisation which is dedicated to providing high quality music-making opportunities for all children and young people in the borough.

ExTraffordganza’s are one of Trafford Music Service’s key flagship events where primary children learn musical instruments and pieces of music throughout the term to perform alongside their trailblazing teachers and musicians from the service.

Usually, ExTraffordganzas have taken place in the region’s best performance venues, giving children real life experience of performing – but because of Covid, ExTraffordganza has been taken online, streamed live into classrooms with the service’s teachers and musicians performing from The Claremont Centre in Sale town centre.

Children have learnt well known music such as Happy by Pharrell Williams, We are the Champions by Queen and even learnt British Sign Language to Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and the Wailers, with signing from Paul Whittaker OBE.

These were complemented by pieces from movies, Cinema Paradiso and The Commitments showing the versatility of classic musical instruments.

At the end all 13,000 children came together to sing ‘Together’ which helps young people realise that they are not alone, which has become a poignant anthem for Trafford Music Service to teach during Lockdown.

Chris Alecock, music lead at Brooklands Primary School said:

“Over 500 of our pupils from Reception to Year 6 took part in this year’s ExTraffordSUMMERganza. During the pandemic we have found that our children had faced some many challenges and disappointments, but coming together to have fun through music and has really put smiles on our pupil’s faces.”

Ruth O’Keefe, head of Trafford Music Service said:

“For many reasons, in so many ways, Covid has really changed our music teaching and performance.

We’re so pleased that this healthy dose of ExTraffordganza has made up for some of the challenges our young people have faced over the last 16 months.”

Cllr Karina Carter, Trafford Council’s lead for schools, said:

“After a tremendously trying time for all children, it’s just so heart-warming to see so many enjoy the ExTraffordganza.

Hats off to all the teachers and the organisers for all their great work – and to the children themselves for the amazing music they have produced.”

Watch the rehearsal in action on the Trafford Music Service YouTube channel. 

Posted on Thursday 22nd July 2021