Over 1.5 million primary school children participated in Shakespeare Week 2017! Our theme for the year was music and alongside the many exciting activities taking place all over the country the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust ran a composition competition, in conjunction with the Birmingham Conservatoire, inviting young people to compose a short piece of Shakespeare inspired music.
On Wednesday 21st June the children from our four winning schools performed their compositions at the wonderful Warwick School Concert Hall accompanied by musicians from The LEAP Ensemble from Birmingham Conservatoire. Alongside these original pieces of music were a variety of performances by young people inspired by Shakespeare including songs, videos, theatre, and testimonials from schools participating in Shakespeare Week. There was also a presentation from a school who has taken part in the ongoing Museums & Schools Project Sharing Shakespeare's Story . A magical afternoon of children celebrating Shakespeare was enjoyed by guest of honour Julian Lloyd Webber as well as fellow students, friends, family and supporters. The afternoon culminated in a rousing rendition of Shakespeare Rocks by all participating children. To see more images from the event visit our picture gallery and to browse the online exhibition relating to the Museums & Schools project visit this link.