Music helps to educate Birmingham’s children on road safety thanks to innovative project
Recent road safety figures* suggest that almost 200 children were injured or killed on our regional roads each year and, whilst this figure is in decline, it illustrates the need to continue educating young people about safe road use. A project created by DBS Law and brought to life as a concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2013 did just this and, thanks to its unprecedented success – is back by popular demand.
Clock on to Safety the innovative concert from DBS Law and the CBSO got off to a tremendous start in 2013 when it first welcomed in excess of 2000 Key Stage two pupils to see a brand new concept in road safety education. It was an extension to a project which DBS Law were already working on in schools but it was felt that there was a need to reenergize the idea to appeal to a larger audience. This resulted in a quirky concert at CBSO Centre featuring catchy tunes in order to demonstrate safe road use in a fun and memorable way. In February, thousands of children will once again have the chance to interact with some of the world’s top musicians armed with bells and horns and donning high visibility jackets, taking to the stage (via a Zebra Crossing and a road) for a performance featuring original songs and music.
Birmingham Clock on to Safety concerts take place at CBSO Centre on Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 February for KS2 pupils only. Schools Places are limited and can be booked through Paul Dasilva from City Council Smarter Choices team – 0121 675 6516 / Paul.Dasilva@birmingham.gov.uk.
DBS law CEO Rob Bhol said: “We are really proud of what we’ve achieved so far. It’s great news that road casualties involving children are down which is almost certainly down to the Council’s Smarter Choices team that overseas road safety education in the city and organisations like DBS Law and the CBSO who are getting safer road use messages out there – these are most certainly bearing fruit. Ultimately, through this partnership, we want every child to see this concert with the aim of reducing injuries and fatalities on our roads to the only tolerable level, zero!”
Stephen Maddock, Chief Executive of the CBSO said: “This project has been an unprecedented success thanks to the vision and support of DBS Law and the creative input from members of the CBSO. As a charity, the support from business and individuals is paramount to the work that we do. DBS Law, through their very individual support has really made a difference, and we have certainly had a lot of fun along the way.
“What’s more, the projects creator, violinist Catherine Arlidge, recently won national acclaim for her work in creating concerts and musical experiences for young people as the 2013 recipient of the Salomon Award. It shows that whilst these concerts support key learning and safety they are also created to the highest of standards.”
Clock on to Safety concerts take place at CBSO Centre on Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 February for KS3 pupils only. Schools Places are limited and can be booked through Paul Dasilva from Birmingham City Council Smarter Choices team – 0121 675 6516 / Paul.Dasilva@birmingham.gov.uk.
*figures released by Birmingham City Council Smarter Choices Team that show, since 2000, when there were 502 child pedestrian casualties in road traffic collisions, the figures have been coming down every year (but one), and in 2012 there were only 191 child pedestrian casualties (2013 figures will be available in March).