Whistlestop tour of schools

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THE Feddan Manx whistle course was completed in five more schools at the end of last year.

Children at Arbory, Jurby, Foxdale, Manor Park and Braddan primary schools have been learning to play the tin whistle through the medium of Manx music.

In just six weekly lessons, whole classes were taught how to play the folk instrument by Dr Chloë Woolley through a course called Feddan (Manx Gaelic for whistle).

It is the third year that the course has been rolled out in schools via the music service’s Primary Music Initiative.

And it has proved a popular way for children to try out an instrument for the first time, while learning about local culture and the Manx language.

The Feddan course was designed by Chloë, who is Manx music specialist for the Manx Heritage Foundation.

Year 5 and 6 pupils at Foxdale Primary School enjoyed the experience so much that they have made a recording of themselves playing and singing the Manx song Bee dty Host to send to a school in Pakistan they are linked with.

To find out more about the Feddan course visit www.manxmusic.com

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