One of the high points of the summer term – an evening of music, drama and art held in Emmanuel United Reformed Church involving Infants, Juniors and Seniors, as well as staff and parents. There was a wide range of solos and group performances, as well as a preview of the Year 5 & 6 production of Macbeth and appearances from Minstrels and Sancton Wood Singers.
We were delighted to welcome a new digital drum kit into school to cater for the growing number of students taking drum lessons. Here’s Finn giving a demo:
The term began with an inspiring electric guitar demo from our new visiting instrumental teacher, Neil Cowlan:
Year 7 were working on call and response melodies over a repeating chord pattern. Here are some of their renditions of ‘Mr Bean’s Tune’:
Year 8 looked at theme & variation and they came up with some lovely alternative takes on well known melodies such as Happy birthday and Twinkle, twinkle little star.
Juniors were treated to a singing workshop led by Lyn Alcantara who is Director of Music at Wolfson College and sings regularly with the BBC Singers. Here’s a taste of what they got up to:
Music inspired by a story provided the focus for the next year 8 composing assignment. After listening to part of Berlioz’s Fantastic Symphony which the composer subtitled ‘Episode in the Life of an Artist’, they read the chilling account of how the monster comes to life in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. This was the inspiration for their music which you can see performed below:
The focus for Year 8 during the Lent term is programme music – music inspired by art, literature, nature, history or biographical events. After listening to storm music by Beethoven, Rossini and Britten for some inspiration they had a go at their own storm compositions.
Following their gamelan workshop Year 7 investigated pentatonic melodies by listening to a range of music, including Pink Floyd and Sakamoto. They then composed their own melodies based on a pentatonic scale:
At the start of the Lent term Year 7 went to the University Music Faculty for a gamelan workshop and learned to play some traditional Indonesian music. Here’s what they got up to:
Year 7 have been looking at repeating patterns (ostinato) during the Michaelmas term. They composed their own machine music by layering up short, repeated melodic patterns and inventing their own chord, inspired by Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
Mr Settle commissioned year 9 to compose some music for ‘The Pod’.