Showcasing Musical Talents
The Senior Girls and Sixth Form Musical Showcase was held on Thursday 23 June. Pupils swept their audience away with an array of talent from across the years.
Hester Goodsell, Director of Music commented;
“Our first ever Showcase Concert gave an insight into the musical and artistic activities that occur in Claires Court Senior Girls and Sixth Form, both in class lessons and as part of the extensive extra-curricular programme. All girls in Years 7-9 contributed, as well as music and music technology pupils from Years 10-12. Work shown was the outcome of independent and collaborative research throughout the year with the onus being on the pupil taking responsibility for the task and experimenting with it in their own creative ways. Year 8 Arts Award and Year 10 art work was also on show as part of the collaborative event.
Year 7 opened proceedings with their original musicals, written over seven weeks. Each class chose a topic, wrote a script, composed songs and rehearsed as a class, putting on two fantastic musicals, called 'Battle of the Bands' and 'The Mystery.' Year 8 have been experimenting with music technology, learning how to record and edit their own voices and create samples. On show were several compositions using these samples plus MIDI sounds to create songs and rhythm pieces. They also performed covers of pop songs, either by recording their own backing tracks or by performing live.
Year 9 presented their winning films from their joint music and ICT project. KS4-5 showcased their technology skills, for example Ed Axtell performed two live tracks from his music technology portfolio whilst being accompanied by eight additional tracks of himself that he had recorded earlier. The finale of the event was the Ensemble, Rock School and all the performers playing 'Radioactive' by Imagine Dragons.
James Wilding, Principal spoke about the evening;
“Knock me down with a feather; this was the most original showcase evening I have ever attended. Was it Music? Of course. Was it Drama? Certainly quite a lot of that on show. Music tech - most obviously, but seeing a 12 way set of mixer channels moving across the screen whilst Ed Axtell sang live with his 12 other selves was genius. And so very much more.”