Gift of note for primary pupils

Tom Moffat, Dorothea Emms, Richard Emms (seated) and Yvonne Ridley from Stour Singers with budding pianists from Shipston-on-Stour Primary School.
Tom Moffat, Dorothea Emms, Richard Emms (seated) and Yvonne Ridley from Stour Singers with budding pianists from Shipston-on-Stour Primary School.

Stour Singers, Shipston’s large, friendly choral society founded and directed by Richard Emms, is celebrating 40 years of singing this year.

The choir is open to all who love to sing, and to support music-making for children and young people, decided to commemorate the 40 years in a tangible way.

Rehearsing each week in Shipston Primary School, the singers realised that the existing piano had seen better days, and, in discussion with the school decided to purchase a new Yamaha Clavinova piano for current and future generations of children to enjoy.

Members of the Stour Singers were invited to an assembly, where Richard spoke to the children and then fitted a plaque to the piano which reads ‘A gift from Stour Singers on their 40th Anniversary.’ He then gave the new piano its first play.

Head of federation Christian Hilton said: “The Stour Singers have a long association with the school and it is a wonderful gesture to provide us with a new piano for our benefit as well as theirs.

Children are queuing up to play our new instrument in achievement assemblies on Friday mornings. This special connection between Stour Singers and our school will continue later in the year with a joint Big Carol Sing in December.”