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Magna Carta Education Day

29 April 2015 09:20

The premiere of our new piece Invictus – a Cantata for Liberty will be at the Brighton Dome on June 11th to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. In preparation for this, 150 Year 7 and 8 students from 5 local schools and members of Brighton Festival Youth Choir took part in a day of drama, music and law workshops, relating to the Magna Carta, led by professionals from Chichester Festival Theatre, barrister Tom Godfrey and BFYC’s Music Director, Esther Jones.

We were delighted to be allowed to listen in on the day and watch fantastic workshops on Liberty, Freedom and Justice. In one workshop volunteers dressed up in courtroom wigs and gowns to act out a ‘mock trial’ based on Jack and the Beanstalk.

There was something very moving about seeing young people getting so involved in the subject matter and it we felt very priviledged to hear their young voices singing our music.

Just got to face up to our own essay crisis now: to finish composing the rest of the piece!