This term, over 60 primary and secondary schools across United Learning are taking part in a special music and performing arts project to raise awareness about climate change.
Delivered in partnership with The Voices Foundation and Beat Goes On, Green Love is an ambitious project designed to develop our young people’s musical talents and encourage them to think more about the environment and how, together, we can protect it.
As part of the artistic initiative, pupils across the country are in the process of learning six original songs composed by celebrated musicians Alexander L’Estrange and Joanna Forbes L’Estrange. To add another layer to their performance, pupils are also learning body percussion rhythms to accompany the pieces.
All six songs focus on climate change as a central theme and are set to catchy rhythms, perfect for pupils to stomp, click and clap to. They are:
- ‘It’s Up to Us’ which focuses on the responsibility we all have to help care for our environment;
- ‘Global Warning’ which explores the impact of rising temperatures on the planet;
- ‘In Danger’ which is about the plight of animals across the world and the danger of extinction;
- ‘Universal Truth’ which emphasises the importance of taking action now to save our planet;
- ‘Lament of the Plastic Bottle’ which explores the need to recycle and reduce waste;
- ‘Spread the Green Love’ which details how each individual action can have a positive ripple effect across society.
Throughout May, participating schools will join together to take part in a series of virtual singing and body-percussion assemblies, delivered by Stuart Overington from The Voices Foundation and Ollie Tunmer from Beat Goes On. During these sessions, pupils will get the chance to rehearse the project’s songs and body percussion movements alongside their peers from across the Group.
In the weeks that follow, each school will be supported by an expert sound engineer to professionally record the pupils’ performances. Recorded performances from across the Group will then be combined to create an exciting Green Love film, which is set to premiere during a virtual event in the 2021 Autumn Term.
Giving pupils access to Group-wide opportunities like this, where they can develop their creativity, confidence and compassion, is a key part of our commitment to deliver an Education with Character. Green Love is the latest music and performing arts project delivered by United Learning, following in the footsteps of 2017’s Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy and 2019’s Carmen!.
Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts at United Learning, said:
“It is fantastic to see so many of our schools engaging with Green Love and already immersing themselves in rehearsals. It was important to us that we continued to deliver this year’s music and performing arts project, even if it meant doing so virtually. Not only is Green Love giving our young people the chance to develop new skills and unleash their creativity, but it is also enabling them to lend their voices to issues of global importance. I am very much looking forward to working with our schools over the coming months as they hone their performances ready for their final recording.”