Students are collaborating with orchestra Sinfonia Viva to write their own piece of music which they will perform at Derby Theatre.

Musicians from Sinfonia Viva are running workshops with more than 20 students from Years 8, 9 and 10 who have been specially selected to be part of the innovative project.

Students are working with the musicians to write a piece of music based on their favourite Roald Dahl book to celebrate the author’s centenary year in 2016.

As well as Saint Benedict CVA, Sinfonia Viva is working with three other schools in the city and will create one piece for all schools to perform together at the concert on January 26th.

Jo Rowlands, Head of Music at Saint Benedict CVA, said this was a fantastic opportunity for the students involved.

She said: “We are hoping a project like this will be a real boost to their confidence, to write their own music and perform it with a live orchestra is an amazing opportunity that they wouldn’t have had before.

“We really want to inspire our next generation of musicians and hope that this will make them feel excited about music.”

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