London venues showcase our students' talents
Our Music department ended their very busy Spring term on a high note with fantastic performances from our students in high profile London venues.
On stage at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Our Year 10 GCSE Music students experienced what it feels like to perform your own music live on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall this term. The performance was part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Horizons Project and Ark Globe was one of only four schools across Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Greenwich that worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) workshop leaders and LPO musicians to create their own group compositions based on the famous orchestral work by Rachmaninov, Symphony No.1.
Our students worked with the LPO musicians over a number of sessions to support their study of formal composition. The project gave them experience of their first ‘jamming’ session alongside professional musicians encouraging them to be experimental and create their own sound. They then used these new skills to help them compose their own piece based on the orchestral work by Rachmaninov, ready for the Festival Hall performance.
Mr Whitehead, Head of Music said: “Our students showed real professionalism by using every minute beforehand to practice and prepare for their performance.”
The students were also taken to listen to the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform live.
It was ‘All About the Band’ at the Cultural Space, Canada Water
For the last nine weeks our talented ‘All About the Band’ students have been taking part in a programme of rehearsals and music making at the London Centre of Contemporary Music. After auditioning to take part the project brought our students together with other children from schools from across Southwark to meet, have fun and play in bands together. The superb live performance in March at the Culture Space in Canada Water Library celebrated the talents of Southwark’s young musicians and what they had achieved together.
Ms Masterson, Music teacher said: “They were absolutely brilliant demonstrating musicianship and professionalism throughout the programme. Our students are already looking forward to taking part next year.”
Bringing the showcase back to Ark Globe
Our Pentagon performance space was full of proud parents, friends and staff on 24 March as they watched a wealth of talented students at our Performance Faculty’s Spring Showcase. From a beautiful string ensemble playing Pachelbel’s 'Canon', a rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’, a closed harmony vocal group performing Christina Aguilera’s ‘Candy Man’ to outstanding contemporary dance and an incredible acrobatic performance – our children from our primary school through to Year 11 dazzled the audience. The evening was finished with a fantastic performance from the primary and secondary school choir and even gave a sneak preview of this year’s school production ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ taking place in July; (keep your eyes peeled for more information on this unmissable production.) Each and every performance demonstrated the students’ enthusiasm and commitment not only to their performance but also to each other and their teachers.
Ms Masterson, Music teacher said: “I was really pleased to present such a high quality of acts and to see the students hard work pay off. Well done to everyone involved.”
Mr Jones, Principal said: ‘The quality of these performances over the last three years has increased exponentially. The level of professionalism of the staff and students constantly amazes me and I am so proud of how our whole community from primary through to sixth form come together for moments of celebration’.