Society project gets wings

PUBLISHED: 16:55 24 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:06 31 May 2010

Musical director Janet Wheeler in rehearsal with pupils from St Thomas More School, Saffron Walden

Musical director Janet Wheeler in rehearsal with pupils from St Thomas More School, Saffron Walden

A COMMUNITY project carried out by Saffron Walden Choral Society (SWCS) in conjunction with the RSPB has bagged the group a £5000 grant. The choral society, working with the RSPB and eight local primary schools, has organised many events to inspire childr

A COMMUNITY project carried out by Saffron Walden Choral Society (SWCS) in conjunction with the RSPB has bagged the group a £5000 grant.

The choral society, working with the RSPB and eight local primary schools, has organised many events to inspire children to love birds, wildlife, music and art.

The project will culminate in two "Wingbeats" concerts, involving about 280 children.

Judith Hasler, SWCS treasurer, said: "We are very excited to be working with the RSPB and schools on Wingbeats. As the scope of the project grew, it became clear that such a substantial undertaking would require additional financial resources so we are delighted to have received a grant of £5,050 from the National Lottery as part of their community-based Awards for All initiative."

The Wingbeats concerts will feature singing and performing in bird masks, and includes music written to capture the life of the rare albatross, a bird whose plight has been highlighted by the RSPB's "Save the Albatross" campaign.

The performances, in which SWCS will team up with professional musicians as well as children from the area, are taking place in St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden, on Saturday March 17.

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