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Durlston Court School awarded gold music award for music efforts during lockdown



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A BARTON school has won a gold award for its efforts during the pandemic to connect the community through music.

Durlston Court School was recognised by Together With Music, which works to support the most vulnerable across the UK through intergenerational music activity.

The school's director of music, Caroline Moss, who joined the school in January 2021, was forced to alter her plans for lessons and events after the country went in to a second lockdown – the day after she took on her role.

Durlston pupils with director of music Caroline Moss and music teacher James Rawlinson
Durlston pupils with director of music Caroline Moss and music teacher James Rawlinson

Determined to maintain involvement and enthusiasm, she organised music lessons via internet teaching and a family choir was formed with children, parents and grandparents all getting involved, singing together online.

The school partnered with Together With Music, and children and staff recorded video of themselves playing their instruments and singing which was then shared with residents of local care home, Kingfishers.

Mrs Moss said: “Watching the residents of Kingfishers Care Home singing along to music created, filmed and shared by the school was a timely reminder of the crucial role the subject can play in the wellbeing of everyone, regardless of age.”

As restrictions eased and children returned to school, they continued to take part in concerts, even though their audience initially remain virtual.

Durlston pupils performed outdoors, visiting local cafes and high streets to raise money for charity as well as at outdoor concerts for parents.

With the recent accolade being awarded, the school now holds bronze, silver and gold awards from the organisation.



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