News and Events at Sheffield Springs Academy


Sianne Wilson / Categories: News, Broadcast


On Sunday 22nd September, over 150 students from across the country visited Sheffield Springs Academy to participate in an immersive day of workshops led by the National Youth Orchestra (NYO).

The NYO Inspire Day gave the visiting students the opportunity to experience the full orchestral experience.  During the interactive workshops and rehearsals, the students experienced the joy of orchestral music-making by playing together in ensembles.  They then showcased what they had learnt in a performance for family and friends.

The day was part of a series of events organised by the NYO which seek to inspire young people across the country to develop their musical talents, and to further inspire the next generation to engage with the arts at all levels.  Music students from Sheffield Springs hosted the day, working as ‘Young Promoters’ at the event.  This gave them an authentic experience of arts management, working alongside elite musicians and the NYO team to ensure the event was a success.

Claire Durham, Head of Music at Sheffield Springs Academy, said:

“It has been wonderful to see how much the students have benefitted from the day.  Working alongside a live orchestra in our school has been really inspiring and the students now understand a lot more about opportunities both for musicians and the team who bring arts events to life.  I was incredibly proud of how each and every student applied themselves and made sure they got the most out of this opportunity.  It was also wonderful to see so many of our students and their families at the performance at the end of the day.

“Opportunities like this are part of our academy’s commitment to deliver an Education with Character.  As an academy we constantly strive to develop our students’ talents and inspire them to try new things.  The NYO Inspire Day is a perfect example of this and we look forward to opening up many more similar opportunities for our students.”

Catherine Barker, Head of Performing Arts at United Learning, said:

“This visit from NYO Inspire has given our students a fantastic experience.  The Sheffield Springs students, who are all promising musicians, helped the whole day to run seamlessly, and it was wonderful to see them host the breath-taking showcase at the end of the day.”

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