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School pupils across the region celebrate Indian seasons through song

PUBLISHED: 09:12 15 February 2018

Children from nine schools performing at one of the CASMA South Asian Fusion performances. Photo: Becky Demmen

Children from nine schools performing at one of the CASMA South Asian Fusion performances. Photo: Becky Demmen

Becky Demmen

Hundreds of pupils from 27 primary schools came together to perform Bengali music with a Norfolk twist.

Choreographer and dancer, Arunima Kumar, performing at the CASMA South Asian Fusion performance on Monday, February 5. Photo: Becky DemmenChoreographer and dancer, Arunima Kumar, performing at the CASMA South Asian Fusion performance on Monday, February 5. Photo: Becky Demmen

The performances were held at OPEN in Norwich last week as part of the Central Area School’s Music Association (CASMA).

For the 30th anniversary of CASMA performances, mass choirs made up of primary school pupils have collaborated in an exciting world premiere of musical work representing the six South Asian seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Monsoon and Harvest.

The music was specially commissioned by Norfolk Music Hub to celebrate the fusion of Western and South Asian culture in our local community and was arranged by Oliver Weeks, a British composer, guitarist, pianist and arranger.

Alison Corfield, Norfolk Music Hub lead, said: “We have had an absolutely phenomenal three nights showcasing the achievements of our county’s pupils and offering them the opportunity to become fully immersed in the South Asian genre.

Children performing at one of the CASMA South Asian Fusion performances. Photo: Becky DemmenChildren performing at one of the CASMA South Asian Fusion performances. Photo: Becky Demmen

“The support from schools and parents for this project has been overwhelming and the results utterly mesmerising.”

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