CHESHIRE College South & West (CCSW) has partnered with Upton Heath Church of England Primary School in a project to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Students from the CCSW Performing Arts Department began working with pupils from Upton Heath in early March to prepare, plan and execute a full school performance, which will take place in June to mark the Queen’s 70 years of service .
The performance will be inspired by Joseph and the incredible Technicolor Dreamcoat.
CCSW Performing Arts Course Team Leader Paul Moss is overseeing the project and said, “We are really excited about this project. My students and I worked on ideas in the workshop and defined what we will cover in each session.
“Joseph always had a special place for me, because it was my first time performing.
“When Ms. Lewis of Upton Heath approached me about a collaboration, we were both set on doing something musical. As a party song, I thought of Joseph and ‘Any Dream Will Do’ .
“The title of the song suggests aspiration and the lyrics of the song celebrate diversity and culture. What better way to explore and celebrate this through a song that will be linked to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Commonwealth?
“The workshops will allow my students to work with different age groups and create a full-scale finale for a show that explores decades through song and dance.”
A year of Platinum Jubilee celebrations has been announced by Buckingham Palace, including a four-day UK Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5, a Platinum Party at the Palace and the Grand Luncheon of the jubilee.
Judith Lewis from Upton Heath said: “The Platinum Jubilee is a historic moment for the UK and we are delighted to bring this occasion to life for children through our interactive project with CCSW.
“We kicked off the project at school in early March with all of our kids, and they are thoroughly enjoying the sessions with the CCSW students and Paul as they begin to put together this performance.
“Our thanks go to Paul and the students for their collaboration in this project. We know it will be a wonderful and memorable experience for our students.