Musical Flash Mobs Perform Across Teesside Schools

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

On a cold and windy Monday, pupils from four Teesside schools each took part in a special 15-minute performance that was arranged and delivered by Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS) in celebration of Make Music Day which took place on 21st June.

Credit: TVMS | Courtesy of St Teresa's Primary School

Throughout the course of one day, TVMS teaching staff - who also comprise the Snappy Band - travelled from town to town to deliver short but memorable musical flash mobs that featured pupils from St Teresa's Primary in Hartlepool, Fairfield Primary in Stockton-on-Tees, St Joseph's Primary in Middlesbrough and Errington Primary in Redcar & Cleveland. Notably, one school from each town in the Teesside region was selected.

Originally the flash mobs were scheduled to take place in each of the town centres, with the school children arriving by bus and performing to spectators however due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions the flash mobs had to be contained to the school playgrounds and fields. Despite this change in plan, the events did not disappoint as pupils and teachers alike got involved with the musical performance and made it a memorable day for everyone involved.

Credit: TVMS

The Snappy Band, led by Susan Robertson (TVMS Manager), played the following joyous tunes at each flash mob event: Stand by Me by Ben E. King, Amarillo by Tony Christie, Count on Me by Bruno Mars and Dancing Queen by ABBA.

Susan Robertson, who came up with the idea of the musical flash mobs, briefly spoke about why she was motivated to go ahead with the performances after the initial plan to stage the performances in the town centres was pulled:

"We're doing four performances for Make Music Day. They were supposed to happen in the four town centres but unfortunately due to regulations and a delay in coming out of lockdown this wasn't possible. We decided that we still wanted to go ahead with the performances because the young people had been rehearsing. It's been a wonderful time, the children have really enjoyed themselves and I'd just like to say a big thank you to the schools for allowing the performances to go ahead."

The final flash mob of the day, at Errington Primary in Redcar & Cleveland, saw a surprise guest arrive. Mayor Cllr. Carole Morgan took time away from her busy schedule to partake in the joyous occasion, remarking that it was "excellent" that the school is embracing musical activity. She also voiced her support for more music education within schools.

Speaking after the event, Mayor Carole Morgan said; "It was great fun! There are just so many benefits to be gained through music, it really should enjoy a much higher profile in the national curriculum."

Credit: TVMS

Indeed, that sentiment was echoed throughout the day from teachers and councillors alike who thanked TVMS for working with their school to deliver the performance in a Covid secure way and to make it an enjoyable event for the children to take part in.

Credit: TVMS | Courtesy of Errington Primary

At 3pm the series of flash mobs concluded, with the Snappy Band packing up for the final time that day and returning to the TVMS Office.

Highlights of TVMS' musical flash mobs can be viewed on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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