The photos in the previous post are of Stackpole Primary School…..my local school. It is a small school, and one of three small local schools under threat of closure and being forced together in one big new school. These schools have been going in their villages for generations. I was introduced to the school by their music teacher, whose children went to the school, and now her grand-children go there. These schools are the very heart of their communities, and are being sacrificed in the new Austerity of cuts to public services.
Stackpole School has attempted to improve their school grounds ,in an attempt to persuade the local authority to make the new school at Stackpole. Funding for a Musical Sculpture with carvings of the children’s drawings was provided by the Ernest Cook Trust ( encouraging outdoor learning ). Parents helped install the oak posts and frame. The drawings were done with all the children in the school, to the sound of the Hang instrument being played, and then selected by Art of Oak.
Art of Oak will be running an after-hours music club at the school, beginning in autumn,2015 . The instruments are xylobars and medium gong in oak frame ,and chimes and larch marimba hung between the sculptural posts. The music club will focus on improvised music making and supporting the children compose with the instruments.