Young musicians from Ilford to perform at the Barbican Centre

Young musicians from Ilford to perform at Barbican

Issac Newton pupil practising for his big show

Young musicians from Ilford to perform at Barbican

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Next Monday, Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford will take part in a concert being held at the Barbican Centre in London to showcase young musical talent.

750 pupils from 24 different academies will be performing a mixture of classical, popular and world music pieces in Europe’s largest performing arts centre, the Barbican.

Some of the children have been practising their pieces for as long as a year and have never been to Central London before.

Bryan Welton, Director of Music at ARK Academies, said: “We believe every child can be a musician, and through music pupils become curious for all the world has to offer and will succeed not just academically, but develop emotional resilience too.”

Ayodeji Ijishakin, a Year 10 student from Walworth academy, said: “When I was younger, I just started feeling and hearing music. “Some of the people who inspire me are John Coltrane and Miles Davis.

“Music is a bit like food, but a different sort of nourishment.”

Schuyler Audley-Williams, a Year 4 pupil said: “I’m performing in a samba band. I also sing a school choir. When I get to university I want to be a surgeon, but I also want to be a singer at the same time.”

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