Tutors from Wolverhampton Music Service have come together from afar for a special performance designed to put a smile on the faces of pupils during the coronavirus emergency.

Staff members joined forces to perform the Stevie Wonder classic Sir Duke from their own homes, and have created a music video. 

The song was chosen because of the message contained within its first verse: Music is a world within itself, With a language we all understand, With an equal opportunity, For all to sing, dance and clap their hands.

Ciaran O'Donnell, Head of Wolverhampton Music Service, said: "Our staff miss their children and the schools they work with, and it was their idea to create a video for children at home. 

"It also coincided with our intention to support children through a series of online tutorials which we will be sharing with them while schools are closed to the majority of pupils.

"The words in the first verse of this song have a great message to everyone and really chime with us. It took a week to put together and we hope it will remind our children that we are here for them and we will be there for them after this is over.

"Many of our staff have also volunteered for redeployment and so are supporting other frontline services over the coming weeks, in addition to creating the online tutorials. These will be published every Monday after Easter and cater for all instruments and levels."

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "We've always known how talented members of Wolverhampton Music Service are, and this fantastic rendition of Sir Duke will really put a smile on people's faces at a time when we all need a little bit of positivity."

Wolverhampton Music Service provides quality teaching for children and young people across the city, including the chance to perform with Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra and Wolverhampton Youth Wind Orchestra. To find out more, please visit Wolverhampton Music Service.   

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at NHS - Advice for everyone.