Henley Youth Festival Carnival Continues in Schools

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The HYF Carnival continued all last week in schools with children enjoying dance, drama, singing and drumming workshops.  For the first time beatbox performer, Randolph Matthews came to do some singing workshops and children from these workshops showcased what they had learnt on the Kenton Theatre stage at the HYF Sing event on Friday evening.

For the younger children Blunderbus theatre group ran interactive workshops based on the Carnival theme and the Solid Steel ran a number of steel drum workshops for Year 4.

An annual favourite, The Young Shakespeare Company came back again to perform The Tempest and a touch of sport was included with children having a go at squash.

Anne Colvin-Jarvis, HYF schools coordinator said, “Last week has seen an assortment of experiences for the children, including exploring the night sky in the Explorer Dome, playing steel drums and using their voices to produce amazing sounds and songs. There have been feathers flying as Gillotts’ dancers joined with primary-school pupils to rehearse for HYF Dance at The Kenton Theatre.”

“Children have stepped back in time to re-enact the first Olympics. Others have developed their hand-eye coordination through squash. Randolph Matthews, has had children (and myself) in fits of laughter while the classics of Shakespeare were made accessible for a young audience. It will be sad when it all comes to an end.”