Last term, four primary schools across Monmouth worked together to put on a fantastic joint show of 'Dragon Songs', inspired by the enchanting tale of ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ by Andy Shepherd, with music composed by Joanna Lee.

Pupils from Osbaston Church in Wales School
(Des Pugh)

Towards the end of last term, the Blake Theatre in Monmouth was filled with musical magic as students from three local primary schools joined forces with Haberdashers’ Monmouth Prep School for a mesmerising performance of “Dragon Songs”. Inspired by the enchanting tale of ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ by Andy Shepherd, with music composed by Joanna Lee, the performance was a testament to the power of collaboration and shared passion for music amongst the schools.

Mr. J. Walton directing students from four local schools
(Des Pugh)

Under the guidance of Mr. J. Walton, Music Co-ordinator at Monmouth Prep School, choirs from Osbaston Church in Wales School, Kymin View Primary School, Overmonnow Primary School and musicians from Monmouth Comprehensive School and Haberdashers’ Monmouth School, joined Monmouth Prep School and rehearsed together for eight weeks on Friday afternoons.

Richard Davies, deputy head of Overmonnow Primary, shared his admiration for the event, saying, “What a fantastic performance tonight at The Blake Theatre for The Dragon Songs Music Project! A huge diolch to all involved in organising this programme and event.”

One particular highlight of the evening was the performance of ‘Dragon Fruit Dragon,’ a song that really captured the children’s musical imagination.

Solo performers from Monmouth Comprehensive school joined
(Des Pugh)

In addition to the musical rehearsals, the event provided an opportunity for pupils from schools across Monmouthshire to connect, sharing a delicious meal together before the show, celebrating the end to eight weeks of fantastic rehearsals.

Reflecting on the success of the Dragon Songs project, Mr. J. Walton expressed his pride in the students’ achievements, stating, “It was so lovely for all children to be able to connect through the power of performing and singing together. Bringing the four junior schools of the town together in this manner helps us to offer a rich and meaningful cultural opportunity to local children, to foster friendships and break down barriers. We were very grateful to talented senior school students from both Haberdashers’ Monmouth School and Monmouth Comprehensive School who enriched the concert with fantastic solo items, showing our young people what is possible if they dedicate time and energy to their music making’.

The Dragon Songs project not only showcased the musical talents of Monmouth’s young performers but also highlighted the power of collaboration, creativity, and a shared passion for music.