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Music is so important to schools.

Music is so important to schools.

When the children at Barlby primary in west London got up to perform at the Royal Albert Hall last month it was, according to their headteacher, an overwhelming and aspirational event.

The school, which is part of the local community around Grenfell Tower, is among the most diverse and disadvantaged in the country, with more than 25 languages spoken and high levels of pupil premium entitlement.

Its pupils are still talking about the opportunity they had to perform a specially written composition commissioned by three London councils, the historic venue and the Royal College of Music.

Even though their school is in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea many of the children may not even have known the venue existed, says Anthony Mannix, their headteacher. “They all came back and asked if they could sing in school assembly. It was such a prestigious venue; a huge undertaking and they were in awe of the live instruments. They are still talking about it.”

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