Songs of the Marsh
Taking 'The Snow Goose' by Paul Gallico as a point of inspiration, four Southend primary schools working with artists from the Royal Opera House in Thurrock, created their own song-cycle entitled 'Songs of the Marsh'. The piece was created through developing song-writing skills with the teachers involved, who in turn helped their pupils become inspired by the story and then write their own songs based on themes that emerged from the book, for example love, war, friendship and loneliness. The outcome of the project was performed on Two-Tree Island at Leigh-on-Sea in the Thames Estuary on the 20th July 2011 to parents, friends and passers-by. This documentary charts the day itself, the build-up, the rehearsal, and moments from the final performance, including interviews with key participants. Primary schools involved: Edwards Hall, Sacred Heart, Westborough and Milton Hall.