National Star’s OrcheStar to play at Bluewater

National Star Orchestar in a row.

Six learners from our very own OrcheStar will soon be bringing their own unique sound to the Bluewater shopping centre.

Through modern technology, these talented musicians use tablets and bespoke instruments that allow them to play sounds by moving their face or a foot or opening their eyes, as well as modified traditional instruments.

Shoppers will get a chance to try out the high-tech instruments and be part of a new piece of music during the performance on Friday 27 February.

Paul Tarling, Area Coordinator for Creative and Performing Arts at National Star, started OrcheStar a few years ago so his learners could perform together.

‘It sounds twee but it’s been magical. I regularly get blown away by a small progress that’s been made but this is so significant. They’ve got a bond between them and they’ve all grown in confidence. They’re excited about coming to Bluewater and to get people involved with their music.’

As part of the trip, OrcheStar will create a special Bluewater musical piece and will encourage passing shoppers to get involved.

‘There is also a more serious message to our visit. We want people who may know young people with disabilities to come and chat to our team, to find out about the opportunities that are out there,’ said Kathryn Rudd, our National Star Principal.

‘We know that parents can face a battle to access the training and education that is best for their son or daughter. We hope they will come and talk to us about the issues they face and how we can help – and of course, enjoy making music with our students.’

OrcheStar will be at Bluewater in  Greenhithe, Kent, from 2pm – 4pm on Friday 27 February. Why not pay us a visit and treat yourself to some fantastic music?

National Star Orchestar in a row.

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