Project: The Tempest

500 children from MADCOS staged a unique musical production of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ on July 1st. Performed in front of an audience of 2000 at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral it marked the 450th anniversary of the birth of the bard.

The project was a year in the making. In collaboration with the Sefton Music Hub, Maghull High School provided the actors and 13 Primary schools, the Chorus. Choral animateur Shirley Cant, commissioned with a grant from the Arts Council, trained classes from each Primary school since September 201

As well as the Archdiocese of Liverpool, the performance was supported by Liverpool University who provided facilities and entertainment for the children after the rehearsals and before the performance on the day.

Chris Lennie, Director of Sefton’s Music Hub, said, “A performance on this scale creates lasting memories that will inspire the children for the rest of their lives. And for the schools, knowing that their children can put on a performance of the highest quality like this will raise the bar for their future enterprises.”

He went on: “We have never worked with so many children on the same piece, nor had the opportunity to perform it in such a magnificent setting. It would never have been possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of a whole range of partners … this truly is Merseyside in action”.

A selection of photos from the event can be seen below. More are available to view at:

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You can also watch a video of the performance in 4 parts:

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