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Pupils take a lesson in reading the news from BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

1st Nov 2017 11:59
Pupils take a lesson in reading the news from BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Paulette Edwards visited thirty Year 5 pupils at Beck Primary School on Wednesday 11 October 2017 to give the students a fascinating lesson in how to present the news before being filmed for use in the world premiere of a new classical music concert for young children.

The pupils were given tips on how to deliver news stories and how to respond to different types of news and all got to practise reading news stories and presenting the news to each other.

Following their workshop, pupils were filmed reading the news, with live coaching by BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Paulette Edwards, a former school teacher herself. The film clips were specifically being gathered for inclusion in a new classical music concert for schools and families, commissioned by Sheffield music promoter Music in the Round.

The new concert, called Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space, launches with the WORLD PREMIERE on Monday 6 November, at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. It depicts a music loving dog and cat, Stan and Mabel, who are joined by a whole carnival of animals in their escape from the School for Wild and Dangerous Animals, in search of a safe place to call their home.

It has been devised collaboratively by children’s author and illustrator Jason Chapman and Music in the Round’s Children’s Composer-in-Residence Paul Rissmann as a follow-up to their original commission Stan and Mabel (first performed in 2013). It will be performed by musicians from Sheffield’s resident chamber group Ensemble 360 together with narration by Polly Ives. The concert includes a slideshow of illustrations from the story, together with film clips of the children from Beck Primary School reading the news.

Around 2200 children will attend the schools concerts on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 November, before Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space goes on to tour the UK in 2018, including planned family concerts in Sheffield in May and the autumn.

Paulette Edwards said: 

“I love working with children because they always bring fresh enthusiasm and energy to things. I love it when they get a chance to play and do something different. They are really aware of things about journalism – they’re very sharp! When new people come into school it can give them a fresh perspective on life. They’re going to be on the big screen in the theatre. I bet they’ll be chatting about this for days!”

Fraser Wilson, Learning and Participation Manager for Music in the Round said:

“It’s always a joy for us to come and meet children, and no more so than here at Beck, where children and staff are always up for a musical adventure and they do it brilliantly! We all had a great afternoon becoming journalists. It’s even more of a bonus that we get to put the children where they should be: right in the heart of these concerts that are specially designed just for them.”

In the meantime, families can see Music in the Round’s original Stan and Mabel concert – first commissioned in 2013, in the Crucible Studio Theatre on Saturday 18 November 2017. Concerts take place at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm and are recommended for families with children aged 3- 8. The interactive concerts feature classical music performed by the world-class musicians from Ensemble 360, narration by Polly Ives, with projections of images from the book and plenty of audience participation. Tickets cost £9 / £6 and are available from or by calling Sheffield Theatres’ box office on 0114 249 6000.


For all press requests and information, please contact Jenny Davies on / 0114 281 4660. General information about the autumn season concerts can be found at

Notes to Editors

Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space is supported by the Sheffield Town Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, The Andrew McEwan Fund, Sheffield Bluecoat and Mount Pleasant Educational Foundation, plus individual donors. 

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