Portrait of Doncaster

Posted on November 11, 2011

Children from Kirk Sandall Junior School in Doncaster worked with a Composer, Camerata Musicians and a Visual Artist to create a new piece of music – Portrait of Doncaster – which was inspired by their daily lives.

Taking inspiration from Camerata’s 2011/12 season theme of Portraits and as part of the Portraits of Place learning project, young people from Kirk Sandall Junior School worked with a composer Andy Smith, Camerata musicians Amina Hussain (flute) and Helen Quayle (trumpet) and Visual artist Katy Hayley, to create a portrait of Doncaster in music, photographic collage and live visual image mixing.

The result was a new piece of music and a photographic collage that reflected their their memories and experiences. This focused on what living in Doncaster means to them.


Manchester Camerata in Doncaster
Manchester Camerata in Doncaster The children created their own lyrics, composed their own music and took their own photographs as well as research. They aimed to find the ‘beautiful in the ordinary’ as they reflected on their own views of Doncaster.

The photographs will stand alongside Portraits from other areas to create a large geographic photographic collage.

The installation will feature as a pre-concert exhibition piece at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester later in the season.

“It highlighted the power that music has and reminded me why I came into teaching – for those rare and special moments of life.”

Joanne Addy, Teacher, Kirk Sandall Jr School

“We are thrilled to have been chosen to work alongside Manchester Camerata during their visit to Doncaster.”

Adrian Bagnall, Head Teacher


Manchester Camerata in Doncaster

The Portrait of Place Learning Project