Heritage is songworthy

PUPILS from Belper and Cromford are among 180 young people taking part in an innovative project to bring Derbyshire’s industrial heritage to life through music.

The “Oh That Valley Did Change” project is a collaboration between Derby-based sinfonia ViVA orchestra, Derbyshire-based Mills and Chimneys folk ensemble and poet laureate Matt Black.

Music students from Cromford Primary School and Belper School are helping to write songs for the scheme after visiting Masson and Cromford Mills in the World Heritage Site.

The tunes will be performed by a mass choir of primary school children accompanied by sinfonia ViVA, Mills and Chimneys and musicians from two secondary schools at the Derby Assembly Rooms on Wednesday June 13 at 7pm.

ViVA education manager Keith Stubbs said: “We are particularly pleased to have the pupils from Cromford whose school was first established for the children of mill workers. They have been able to compare their own lives with that of children more than 150 years ago.”

Cromford headteacher, Elizabeth Foster, said: “We jumped at the chance of being involved.”