The performance featured most of the orchestra’s instruments and they played a variety of music ranging from Billie Eilish and George Ezra, to English and Scottish folk to Ghostbusters!
Children from across the district attended and were encouraged to clap, dab and sing along throughout the lively and energetic performance.
Nick Hughes, Head of Performing Arts at Robert Smyth Academy (RSA), which hosted the event, said: “It was such an amazing opportunity given to us by Leicestershire Music that we couldn’t just don’t refuse it.
“The LEAP set is renowned for delivering high quality and engaging performances, I just knew the city kids would love it.
“The children were so enthused, during a performance of George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’, their singing drowned out the ensemble, which had microphones! Our hope is that the performance sowed the seed of the children’s musical pursuit visualizing themselves on that stage. We have a rich heritage of musical learning in this city, and we must continue to nurture it or it will disappear.”
The ensemble includes 25 music students from the Conservatory led by composer Jeremy Clay. The ensemble gave two performances: one to grade 7 and some grade 8 students, and another to local elementary school students. Some musicians from the year 11 and 12 RSA also had the opportunity to play with the ensemble as part of the performances. The visit was funded by Leicestershire Music who helped coordinate the event.