Children from Community Arts North West’s (CAN) Kámoši Roma-heritage Music-making programme 2017-18 celebrated their artistic achievements at the end of the Autumn term 2017, with an exciting performance inspired by Tim Burton’s Nightmare before Christmas. To make the day really special it even snowed!
Devised with the help of Music Leader Jess Stannage and Drama Worker Jana Kennedy, Christmas battles with Halloween to take control of the festive season.
Aptly named ‘The Big Battle for December’, twenty-five children aged five to eleven years-old performed new songs and musical compositions, dance sequences, drama scenes and comedy to an appreciative audience of family, friends, volunteers, partner organisations, and local people at Sacred Heart Church Hall in Leigh (Wigan Borough).
The group displayed great talent, creativity, innovation and humour. One parent commented, “I thought the performance was fantastic, so much commitment and hard work goes in from the young people and the staff. I can’t wait to see the next performance on a bigger stage”.
The children meet every Saturday morning, and explore new songs, music styles and performance techniques in these popular workshops, which are often the highlight of the children’s week.
Funded by Youth Music and Children In Need, this programme brings together children from Roma-heritage, other culturally diverse backgrounds and locally-based children, all living in the Wigan Borough of Leigh.