PUPILS from Bishop Wordsworth’s School (BWS) in Salisbury joined forces with other schools and music groups for a special virtual performance.

The other schools and music groups involved were Vyners School, Uxbridge, Bishop Vesey Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield, Bishop Ramsey CE School, Uxbridge, Swakeleys School, Hilllingdon, Ruislip High School, British School of Brussels, Chinnor Silver Brass Band and Fodens Brass Band.

There were also 15 players from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; English National Opera; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Welsh National Opera, the John Wilson Orchestra and even the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway.

Lewis Edney, who is the new director of music at BWS, said: “It was a brilliant project for our pupils to be involved in and that added incentive of performing with professional musicians (albeit virtually) helped to motivate them to do their recordings at home.

"I am delighted that so many from Bishop’s did get involved in this multi-school performance as there have been so few opportunities for the young musicians to perform since last March.

"We have had such a wonderful response from the pupils and parents having seen the result that we are looking at doing our own next half term and will happily be involved in any other cross school projects in the future.

"If there is one positive we can take from the last year, it is that music departments across the world have quickly learnt how to continue making music even if we cannot be in the same room to do it.”