Closing Performance for Newham Heritage Month 2021

Star Lane, E16 4NH

Celebrating the end of Newham Heritage Month 2021, we spend some time with Newham Music.

Take a few minutes, sit back and relax as we hear from some of the Star Primary pupils who worked with Cody Docks to create their piece of music inspired by their heritage.  You will hear how the children chose to focus on women working in the docks. We hear from Councillor McLean on this closing day of Newham Heritage Month which has been inspired by Year of the Young Person.

This 7 minute short film closes with Star Primary’s incredible final performance, celebrating the women workers of Cody Docks in WWI and the importance of the River Lea to our community.

More about Newham Music’s Songbook project

Participating schools St Luke’s CEVA Primary, Drew Primary School, Carpenters Primary School, Selywn Primary School took part in Heritage Inspiration Days led by community experts, enriched with information gathered by a local historian.

Each school identified specific topics of interest enabling pupils to learn more about their local area and discuss their roles in the future.

After a year of being stuck at home in lockdown this activity was a way for young people to reconnect with their neighbourhood and the heritage in Newham in a new way, as well as reconnecting with friends and their community. Newham Music Teachers followed up the Heritage Inspiration Days with song writing sessions where pupils created original music inspired by their heritage explorations.

The songs will be compiled alongside accompanying heritage and music learning activities and published as a Newham Heritage Songbook, which will be made available to all schools in Newham.

Thank you to all of the schools who have taken part and well done Star Primary School and a particular thanks to Emma Scarr and all at Newham Music for arranging this brilliant final performance.

Explore the record to see more photos and find out about all the schools’ amazing contributions.

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A short film from Star Primary pupils who worked with Newham Music and Cody Docks to create their piece of music inspired by their heritage.

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1 - 31 May 2021