Schools' music festival 'more like Glastonbury than Barnet'

By Clare Casey in Local People

HUNDREDS of Barnet children took to the stage on Monday evening for one of the highlights of a two week-long music festival.

Seven primary schools from across the borough performed to a packed out audience of parents, friends and music lovers at the Artsdepot, in North Finchley.

Former director of education for Barnet, Martin Baker, said the mix of music was more like Glastonbury than Barnet.

Speaking on Monday evening he said: "We’ve heard Rag n Bone Man played on the steel drums, Orpheus and Eurydice opera, and everything in between.

"Talk about eclectic! Every year I say it’s been an incredible evening of performance and this year is no exception. Well done to our truly spectacular children who’ve worked so hard to put on this amazing performance."

Barnet Schools’ Music Festival 2017 began on June 12 and will finish on Thursday (June 22).

The festival, now in its 17th year, runs for eight days at the Artsdepot and features children from primary and secondary schools from across the borough.

Monday night was described by organisers as the ’heart of the festival’, with children joining forces to perform as a massed choir singing a wide range of songs, and performing a 20 minute version of Orpheus and Eurydice with the Camden-based, English Pocket Opera Company.

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