Senior Girls Musicathon Raises Over £1000 For Brass For Africa
On Friday 6 July at 8am, Senior Girls began 12 hours of music making, raising funds for the charity Brass for Africa. Through music education, teacher training, and instilling life skills, Brass for Africa transforms the lives of disadvantaged youth in Africa.
Over 150 pupils, staff and parents took part in the ‘Musicathon’, with performances ranging from the Senior Girls’ choir singing ‘A Million Dreams’ and ‘Say Something’; a whole school karaoke of Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’; solo vocals of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ by Jessica Dixon and ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ by Kate Jesseman; plus self-composed guitar and vocal performances by former pupil, Ed Axtell; an instrumental ensemble by the girls and staff of ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ and even a rousing performance of The Three Lions ‘Football’s Coming Home’ by Principals, James and Hugh Wilding.
Daniel Gravett, Senior Girls Director of Music, commented:
“The Musicathon was a roaring success and the School atmosphere was electric on Friday. When I originally planned it I had hoped it would galvanise the school community but I had no idea how the girls would respond, they exceeded all expectations and embodied all that we try to instil here at Claires Court. The School came together and engaged in creative music making for a full 12 hours and it was a joy to behold. We are honoured to be supporting Brass for Africa and we hope that our fundraising efforts help to support the charity’s work in transforming the lives of disadvantaged youth in Africa. Thank you to everyone for supporting so generously.”
As well as performances, workshops also formed part of the day, with Year 9 engaging in a STOMP workshop in the morning, using junk instruments such as bin lids and ladders to show how ordinary objects can be brought to life in extraordinary ways. Year 10 enjoyed a SAMBA workshop in the afternoon, experimenting with congos and bongo drums. The day culminated in a sensational concert from 7 to 8pm, which was attended by The Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, pupils, parents, and staff.
Elodie Baucher, Year 8 pupil, said of the day:
“I loved being part of the Musicathon - it was such fun watching people I hadn’t seen perform before. My favourite part of the day was performing in the choir and I also enjoyed singing ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ by Elvis Presley with my friend. I hope there will be another Musicathon next year!”
Jim Trott, Founder and Executive Director of Brass for Africa, added:
"Attending the Musicathon was hugely enjoyable and the whole event was a fantastic success, with so much talent and spirit on show from the students, staff and supporters of Claires Court School. It is also seems very fitting that many young people from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds living difficult lives in Africa will get the life changing and life enhancing opportunities to learn and play music through the funds raised at the Musicathon.”
Look at all of the photos from the day in our gallery.