Schoolchildren watch first classical primary concert at Barking Theatre

Pupils from five primary schools attended the show

Pupils from five primary schools attended the show - Credit: Archant

A rapt audience of children watched the borough’s first classical primary school concert.

Hit book Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom was specially adapted for the performance at Barking’s Broadway Theatre.

The show featured live music from Ensemble 360, lively storytelling by guest narrator Esther Sheriden, illustrations from the book and plenty of audience participation.

Pupils from St Peters, Ripple, Northbury, John Perry and Gascoigne primaries were all invited to Thursday’s event.

The concerts form part of the borough’s Cultural Education Partnership between the council and Music in the Round, which is one of three Arts Council England pilots in the UK.

The link up aims to encourage better co-ordination of resources to improve the quality of cultural life for young people.