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'Queen Elizabeth visits Southwark' theme for Borough Music School

The Borough Music School is embarking on a performing arts project inspired by a portrait of Elizabeth I with Bermondsey Abbey in the background, thanks to a grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation.

The project will marking the tenth anniversary of the Borough Music School.

In co-operation with Southwark Playhouse and year 4 of Cathedral School, the music school has chosen a Tudor theme for a production including music, dialogue, costume and lighting so that the children can experience every aspect of a dramatic production.

The painting which inspired the production is now in Hatfield House.

The script and music will be written during summer, and rehearsed by school and music school pupils in the Autumn term for performance shortly after Christmas.

The Clore Duffield Foundation has provided a grant of 6,500 for the production as part of its small grants programme for performing arts education.

The Borough Music School, founded in 1995, offers individual and group instrumental teaching to children of mainly primary age at subsidised cost, targetting families whose children would benefit but whose parents cannot afford private fees. It currently offers individual lessons in keyboard, violin, flute, clarinet, guitar and trumpet, and group lessons in recorder and percussion. There are currently 83 children at the school (with a waiting list).

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