Young people invited to BBC Teach Bring the Noise at the National Memorial Arboretum

Published on: Tue, 03/03/2020 - 14:13

Bring the Noise

The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, in collaboration with the BBC Teach Bring the Noise campaign, has launched a series of special music workshops for young people. Children aged from 5 to 10 years old are invited to participate in a morning of musical activities under the guidance of trained facilitators who will introduce them to basic practical and theory techniques and help them learn and rehearse two bespoke songs from the BBC Teach Bring the Noise campaign.

The Arboretum’s commemorations for both VE and VJ Day will reflect on the scale of the service and sacrifice made by the men and women of the Second World War generation, and the impact that leaving, missing and returning home had on those who served and their loved ones. At the conclusion of each workshop, participants will perform their songs to visitors at the Arboretum, including Take You Home, which will be used by our young performers to reflect on the theme of coming home.   

The BBC Teach Bring the Noise initiative was conceived to provide opportunities for all children to access and enjoy music and performance, encouraging them to discover the joys of music-making. All children who participate in the workshops will be invited to form the inaugural National Memorial Arboretum Children’s Choir which will be performing on 8 May 2020 at the Arboretum’s VE Day commemoration events alongside the Lichfield Sinfonia orchestra.

The workshops will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum from 10am to 12.30pm on Tuesday 7 April, Thursday 9 April, Wednesday 15 April and Thursday 16 April 2020. There is no charge for participation and children do not need any previous musical or singing ability, just a desire to get involved and enjoy the experience.

To secure a place at one of the workshops call 01283 245 100 or visit to make a reservation.

Joanne Dodds, Family activities and learning officer at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to embrace music and the important role it plays in celebrations. These fun and interactive workshops will allow them to develop skills and equip them with an understanding of the fundamentals of music. We can’t wait to hear the National Memorial Arboretum Children’s Choir make their debut performance at our VE Day commemorations on 8 May.”

Helen Foulkes, Head of BBC Education, said: “BBC Teach Bring the Noise is delighted to collaborate with the National Memorial Arboretum in marking VE Day on 8 May.  Through the series of planned workshops using two of our bespoke campaign songs, we are supporting children from the ages of 4-7 as they learn new music skills, and experience the fun that music-making can bring.

“Transforming lives through education has always been the mission of BBC Education and what better way to highlight the benefits of music education than with a powerful performance at the Arboretum, led by children.”