Magna Cantata is a brand new children’s musical showing at Salisbury Cathedral between the 7th – 10th July. It has been devised to tell the story of Magna Carta, making it accessible for children and adults alike. The music will be engaging and lively, enjoyable and fun to learn, and the script will help embed the story of Magna Carta.
The performance has been designed for a chorus of around 200 young singers over four nights with different local schools participating each night. Children will contribute their thoughts about a modern day Charter of rights as part of the performance.
The performance is on a large scale: it is semi-staged with direction from professional musical and artistic directors, including quality staging, projection, and sound provision. In addition, there are workshops in schools about how to create costumes, thereby explaining the costumes of the time. Participating schools will receive continuous professional development (CPD) for their teachers, to help develop capacity in music teaching. Older students will be soloists, band members, and mentors to younger children to help develop their confidence.
Involving school children in such a high profile project and venue will give the Magna Cantata great prominence and ensure the support and involvement of the children’s families. It is estimated at 1600 family members will attend the Salisbury Cathedral performances alone. For many, it will be their first experience of such an event, and the audience will gain in their knowledge and understanding of Magna Carta. The work will then be available to schools more widely as a free resource to perform their own school-based version.
796 years ago tomorrow a reluctant, but resigned, and most definitely scheming King John was brought to Runnymede to put his seal to the Great Charter of Liberty – Magna Carta. John might have acceded to the Barons’ demands...Read on...
- Magna Carta's American Adventure
- 800th anniversary of Bristol...
- Bristol 800 concert and...
- Emancipation and Magna Carta
- Terrorism and Tolerance -...
- Magna Carta
- Magna Carta Benches mark...
- ABA Magna Carta Memorial...
If you would like to keep informed about the work of the Magna Carta Trust and our partners, please sign up to the newsletter below.
Become a Supporter
There are a number of significant supporter opportunities. Register your interest early to ensure the widest range of options.
Find out more