Over 30 primary school children caused a scene outside the birthplace of William Shakespeare on Saturday (11th March) as they broke into dance for a special Flash Mob ahead of Shakespeare Week.
The Flash Mob saw students from PQA Stratford-upon-Avon (Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts) perform a routine to Shakespeare Rocks! – the official theme song for this year’s Shakespeare Week celebrations.
Shakespeare Rocks! was composed by music education specialist, Steve Titford in collaboration with Musicline School Musicals especially for this year’s music theme and will be part of the Big Shakespeare Assembly celebrations in schools nationwide. It portrays the flamboyant nature of Shakespeare through a thumping pastiche of McBusted-flavoured stadium rock. The song and accompanying materials can be accessed for free via the Shakespeare Week website.
Steve has been a music education specialist for over 15 years. Before becoming a full-time writer/producer, he taught music in schools and youth groups in Essex, mentoring thousands of young people onstage and in the studio. In addition to his writing work, he frequently visits schools around the world - sharing his enthusiasm for performing arts with pupils of various ages.
When Shakespeare Rocks! became a steady hit with primary schools globally, it subsequently attracted the attention of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
“I was so excited to hear from my publisher, Musicline, of possibly being involved with this year’s Shakespeare Week”, said the 37-year-old composer. “When I was originally offered the assignment of writing a children’s comedy musical about William Shakespeare, I saw it as a great opportunity to rediscover an exciting cultural icon - getting to know him in an immensely fun way through the eyes and ears of young people.”
Debbie Hotten, Principal of PQA Stratford-upon-Avon, said, “We’re thrilled to take part in this exciting project for Shakespeare Week. The students had great fun working with the song and it enabled them to choreograph a brilliant routine mixing traditional Tudor dance styles with contemporary moves.”
Shakespeare Week is organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as a way to share and celebrate the playwright’s work, life and times with every primary school child in the country. Now in its fourth year the initiative provides teachers, home educators and families with free resources to teach and enjoy Shakespeare across all subjects. It’s not too late to take part in Shakespeare Week 2017 - register at www.shakespeareweek.org.uk to access over 150 resources and ideas to celebrate Shakespeare’s creative genius.