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Singing History 'Listening Lions' Day with Michael Rosen

last modified Mar 26, 2015 04:37 PM
The launch of the Creating My Cambridge: Singing History project at the Fitzwilliam Museum, with Michael Rosen leading workshops for local primary school children.

On the 5th December we launched the Creating My Cambridge: Singing History project alongside Historyworks, with an inspiring day of music, poetry, body percussion and rap, at the Fitzwilliam Museum. The project aims to inspire Primary School children to explore local History through historical sources and learning songs and using these as a stimulus for their own lyrics, body percussion, poetry and rap.


During the morning Michael Rosen performed some of his favourite poems and his Listening Lions poem, about the lions on the Fitzwilliam Museum steps. He then led the children in a workshop exploring rhythm and lyrics in poetry and song, with plenty of fun and laughter! With input from the children, local rap artist Inja also got involved and worked with their ideas about the lions, turning them into a freestyle rap. The children loved seeing their ideas worked into a rap on the spot right in front of them!


The participants in the morning workshop were from a number of local schools; Milton Road Primary, St. Philip’s Primary School and Milton Primary School, as well as choristers from King’s College School.  The morning involved each school group performing one of the Singing History pieces for the other children to enjoy.


Following this the children all then had the opportunity to learn some body percussion actions with CaMEO leaders Tizzy and Mario and then learnt a body percussion ostinato to accompany the Fitz Trip Trap Round. The morning finished with the composer; Kirsty Martin leading the children in an enthusiastic rendition of her Fitz Trip Trap Round outside on the Fitzwilliam Museum steps, with animated lions roars!


Following this the Singing History team, led by Helen Weinstein, went to visit the Spinney Primary School in Cherry Hinton, where Michael performed some more of his poems and Kirsty helped children develop their own ideas for compositions about ‘My Cambridge’.


For more information on the project visit:

To get involved with the project email Helen at:

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