Lacey Green Primary Academy

Lacey Green Primary Academy is located in Barlow Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire.

The school steelband was formed in 2000 in memory of a pupil, Louis Rashford, who was tragically killed in a road accident. The pans were kindly donated to the school by his parents.

The name of the steelband is Lacey Green Primary Academy Steelband.

There are three steelpan groups and they are all taught by Mr Barnes. Lessons take place weekly for approximately 45 minutes.

The performance group, Lacey Green Primary Academy Senior Steelband has been running since 2002. The band rehearse daily in the run up to performances at concerts and competitions.

In 2008 the steelband performed at the memorial concert for the late Arthur Culpeper.

In 2012 the steelband won the third annual Cheshire East Primary School’s music competition at the Royal Northern College of Music. A part of the winner’s prize was to perform alongside Foden’s band.

The steelband play regularly at community functions. Recent performances have included the launch of the Love Music Trust, the new music hub for Cheshire East alongside jazz singer and BBC Radio 2 Presenter Clare Teal and the Olympic Torch Relay at Tatton Park.

In 2013, the steelband was booked to perform at the first ever Wilmslow Music Festival, which was set to be the biggest extravaganza of the town’s musical talent.

What the pupils say?

"We enjoy performing to the public" 

Head teacher, Mrs Dooley commented:

“I was very proud of the band. We really encourage our children to have a go at music and the members of the Steel Band showed just what a high standard of performance you can achieve. We have had the Wider Opportunities programme in school for the last four years and we were given the opportunity to perform at the launch (Love Music Trust) as winners of the Cheshire East Primary Schools’ Music Competition, 2012”

Information supplied to My Panyard by Lacey Green Primary Academy