Oldham students take part in Andrew Lloyd Webber programme

Reporter: Jon Chubb
Date published: 18 November 2020

Hundreds of students in Oldham, from two schools, have received their own instrument for free in order to take part in a new music programme spear headed by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In all 530 year 7 pupils from The Hathershaw College and The Radclyffe School in Oldham will now be able to hone their skills on the violin as part of the Andrew Lloyd Webber programme of music education, they’ll also use MISST’s online curriculum as well as in-class teaching.

At Hathershaw College, the MiSST ALW programme is at the heart of the reinvigoration of their music curriculum. All the students will learn on violins. They have begun by playing some simple pizzicato pieces from the Vamoosh Books and working with their bows.

At the Radclyffe School, MiSST ALW Programme is now embedded within the established tradition of arts education. The children have a clear understanding that they are involved in something special and that MiSST is an amazing programme that can make a real difference to their life both in school and beyond the school gates. Half the students learn violin with a visiting instrumental tutor and half learn trumpet or cornet.

Progression in both schools is good so far, both brass and string players have learned early pieces from Vamoosh and the violinists are just starting to get to grips with their bows!


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