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Outreach for Schools

Victorian Concert Party

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The Bold Balladiers' education project serves the whole of the United Kingdom. The group is particularly keen to include children with special needs.

The Victorian music project for state and private schools, levels KS2/3 are in three parts.
  • A pre-presentation session acquaints the pupils with the music they are to perform, together with some instruction on the rudiments of singing.
  • The performance session, involving the pupils in singing the choruses with our professional musicians.
  • Follow-up work involving discussion, writing and further singing of the music.



                Julian's School at the Beaufort Centre, Newport, Gwent
Newport, Gwent October 2001

  1. To familarise pupils with popular culture through the songs and music of the period
  2. To give them a participatory role in the combined event
  3. To revive the enjoyable but dying art of home music-making


  • Some preliminary preparation at school of pieces provided
  • Participation in and listening to songs in a one hour presentation in a local venue
  • Vocal instruction at this event
  • A demonstration of an instrument and how it works
  • Involvement for some children with the evening concert (if applicable)

The children will have gained
  1. An understanding of Victorian/1940's attitudes towards love, death, poverty, loyalty, war, travel, other nations &c. KS2 6c
  2. First hand knowledge of a selection of period songs KS2 3a, 5a
  3. Vocal skills leading to enhanced self-expression KS2 5c
  4. Listening to and identifying sounds and moods KS2 6a, 6b


  1. Class discussion
  2. A multiple choice quiz with prizes
  3. Written work in pictures and stories
  4. Continued use of songs
  5. Guidance with further repertoire


"It made a huge contribution to our school and also gave me very great artistic pleasure myself."
North Westminster Community School, London November 1997

"A very enthusiastic performance by the trio which enthralled the audience of Year 5 (plus teachers)."
Whiteheath Junior School, Ruislip June 1999

"Really enjoyed the obvious talent of the performers. They put the Victorian Age into context for the children and brought it to life."
Bishop Winnington Junior School, Ruislip October 1999

"Well presented, where the children not only heard and joined in songs of the time, but saw the costumes and heard the instruments of the time also - fascinated by the reed organ!"
Gwauncelyn Junior School, Tonteg, Pontypridd January 2000

"Excellent. We particularly appreciated the pre-performance visit to go over the songs with the children."
Pen y Fro Primary School, Dunvant May 2001

"Excellent musicians. Excellent content which proved to be cross-curricular."
Davidson's Mains Primary School, Edinburgh September 2001

"A good mix of history and music"
The Perse School for Girls Junior School, Cambridge November 2002

"All the pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the show and were inspired by you all."
Strathmore School, Petersham, Richmond, Surrey April 2003

"The children thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from your visit and were still singing the songs when we were on a bus to Aberdeen for a class outing a couple of weeks ago!"
South Park School, Fraserburgh, Scotland September 2003

"Pleasant, enthusiastic group of excellent musicians who involved the children in all aspects of their presentation."
Hylton Red Primary School, Sunderland June 2004

"All superb."
Kingsford Primary School, Aberdeen March 2005


"Thoroughly enjoyed by all staff, and also very thought provoking and very moving emotionally"
Treloweth Primary INSET DAY, Redruth, Cornwall
February 2005 

"My staff reported that it was excellent and really engaged the children"
Treverbyn Primary School, St Austell, Cornwall
February 2005

"I thought the sirens were really loud. If the sirens were that loud how loud would the bombs be?"
Pupil's letter from Trevisker Primary School, Cornwall
February 2005

"Year 5 would like your Victorian Production- everyone thoroughly enjoyed the WW2 one - thank you." Ilchester Primary School, Somerset February 2005

"Children were included at all stages through singing, clapping, listening, focused question and answer sessions, flag-waving and through using the artefacts. The delivery was lively and informative and engaged the children throughout." Music Adviser for Cornwall February 2005

"A wonderful show. It was enjoyed by pupils and adults alike." Ernesettle Junior School, Plymouth May 2005

"Good mix of poetry and song. Very clear presentation, excellent standard of performance." Balfron Primary School, Glasgow March 2006

"I got some very positive feedback from both teachers and students on the afternoon of your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back some time in the future." Red House Academy, Sunderland, May 2011
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Schools participating

St Peter's School, York
Corpus Christi Primary School, New Malden, Surrey, Tolworth Junior School, Surbiton, Surrey
Wallbrook Primary School, Coseley, West Midlands
Tillington Manor Junior School, Stafford
North Westminster Community School, Marylebone, London Paddington Green Primary School, London,
St Clement Dane's School, Drury Lane, London
Exeter Junior School, Corby
Avondale Junior School, Corby
Rockingham Primary School, Corby
Rowlett County Primary School, Corby
Studfall Junior School, Corby
Park Junior School, Kettering,
Whiteheath Junior School, Ruislip
Bishop Winnington-Ingram C of E Junior School, Ruislip
St Joseph's School, Greenhill, Swansea
Pen y Fro Primary School, Dunvant, Swansea
Gwauncelyn Junior School, Tonteg, Pontypridd, Glamorgan
Penywaun Junior School, Aberdare, Glamorgan
Ynyshir Junior School, Porth, Glamorgan
Calside Junior School, Calside Road, Dumfries
Flora Stevenson Primary School, Comely Bank, Edinburgh
Davidson's Mains Primary School, Corbiehill Road, Edinburgh
St Julians Junior School, Beaufort Road, Newport, Gwent
Cottesmore St Mary's Primary School, Hove, Sussex
Minet Junior School, Hayes, Middx
Bedfont Junior School, Hounslow, Middx
Vaughan Middle School, West Harrow, Middx
Collis Primary School, Teddington, Middx
Meadlands Primary School, Ham, Surrey
The Perse School for Girls Junior School, Cambridge
Chesterton Primary School, Cirencester, Glos
St Helen's College, Hillingdon, Middx
Strathmore School, Petersham, Richmond-upon-Thames
Grangewood School, Pinner, Middx
Victoria Primary School, Abersychan, Pontypool, Torfaen
Bentworth Primary School, Hammersmith, London
Normand Park Primary School, Fulham, London
Cambridge School, Hammersmith, London
Clarendon School, Hampton, Middlesex
Queensmill & Peterborough Schools, Fulham, London
South Park School, Fraserburgh
Aith Junior High School, Shetland
Happyhansel School, Shetland
Sandness Primary School, Shetland
Skeld Primary School, Shetland
Brae Junior High School, Shetland
Olnafirth Primary School, Shetland
Baltasound High School, Unst, Shetland
Scalloway Junior High School, Shetland
Tingwall Primary School, Shetland
Nesting Primary School, Shetland
Hamnavoe Primary School, Shetland
Hermitage Junior School, Uxbridge, Middx
Pallion Primary School, Sunderland
Havelock Primary School, Sunderland
Blackfell Primary School, Washington
Lambton Primary School, Washington
Oxclose Village Primary School, Washington
Ryhope Junior School, Sunderland
Thorney Close Primary School, Sunderland
South Hylton Primary School, Sunderland
St Michael's Primary School, Houghton-le-Spring
Dame Dorothy Primary School, Sunderland
Grange Park Primary School, Sunderland
Barmston Village Primary School, Washington
Hylton Red House Primary School, Sunderland
Town End Primary School, Sunderland
Colham Manor Primary School, Uxbridge, Middx
Moorcroft Special Needs School, Hillingdon, Middx
Albany Village Primary School, Washington
Springwell Village Primary School, Washington
Seaburn Dene Primary School, Sunderland
Ryhope St Patrick's Primary and Infants School
Hudson Road Primary School, Sunderland
Hylton Castle Primary School, Sunderland
Southwick Primary School, Sunderland
Burnside Primary School, Houghton le Spring
Dubmire Primary School, Sunderland
St Michael's Primary School, Helston, Cornwall
Treverbyn Primary School, Stenalees, Cornwall
Parc Eglos School, Helston, Cornwall
Nancledra School, Penzance, Cornwall
Pelynt School, Looe, Cornwall
Polperro Community Primary School, Cornwall
Looe Primary School, Cornwall
St Winnow C of E Primary School, Lostwithiel, Cornwall
Lerryn C of E Primary, Lostwithiel, Cornwall
Trevisker Primary School, St Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall
Treloweth School, Redruth, Cornwall
Ilchester Primary School, Yeovil, Somerset
Carmunnock Primary, Glasgow
Skene Square Primary, Aberdeen
Kingsford School, Aberdeen
Kingswells School, Aberdeen
Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Plymouth
Ernesettle Junior School, Plymouth
St Joseph's RC Primary School, Putney, London
Charville Primary School, Hayes, Middx
Wenlock Junior School, Luton, Beds
Gylemuir Primary School, Edinburgh
St Aloysius Primary School, Glasgow
Kirkhill Primary School, Inverness
Tornacross Primary School, Inverness
Kinmylies Primary School, Inverness
Teanassie Primary School, Inverness
Muirtown Primary School, Inverness
Beauly Primary School, Inverness
Balfron Primary School
Bankhead Primary School, Glasgow
Bembridge Primary School, Isle of Wight
Sandown Primary School, Isle of Wight
Copthorne Junior School, Sussex
Wessington Primary School, Sunderland
East Rainton Primary School, Sunderland
Broadway Junior School, Sunderland
St Anne's RC Primary School, Sunderland
Bexhill Primary School, Sunderland
Barbara Priestman Special Needs School, Sunderland
St Mary's Primary School, Sunderland
Greenfields Community School, Wideopen, N Tyneside
St Columba's School, Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne
Langley First School, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear
Chirton Primary School, Wilts
Mountford Manor Community Primary School, Swindon
St Jude's Primary School, Fareham
Harrison Primary School, Fareham
Shawfield Primary School, Ash, Surrey
St Bernadette's Primary School, Farnborough, Hants
Clarendon Junior School, Tidworth, Wilts
Villa Real Special Needs School, Consett, Co. Durham
Holystone Primary School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Red House Academy, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear


              at The Beck Theatre, Hayes
Children from seven London Schools at The Beck Theatre, Hayes
June 13th 2002


Bishop Winnington Junior School, Ruislip
Harold Lester and Charlotte Hill explain some technical points to pupils of Bishop Winnington-Ingram Primary School, Ruislip,
January 2001


              Junior School

Pupils at Ynyshir Junior School in period costume, listen to Alice Pratley, violin and Harold Lester, reed organ.
May 2001


Davidson's Mains Primary School, Edinburgh

Samantha Newbold, Buffy North and Michael Goldthorpe at Davidson's Mains Primary School, Edinburgh September 2001


Beaufort Centre, Newport, Gwent

The Bold Balladiers with children from St Julians Junior School at The Beaufort Centre, Newport, Gwent October 2001


Bentworth Primary School, Hammersmith June 2003

Demonstration of reed organ Glasgow

Organ demonstration at Carmunnock Primary, Glasgow
March 2005
Second World War Project Cornwall 2005
WW2 Project Cornwall February 2005

Copthorne Junior School, Crawley, Sussex
Copthorne Junior School, Sussex December 2007

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