Globe Musicians take to the stage

Thursday 21 April 2016

The Ark Globe music department is building from strength to strength with more students taking advantage of the varied opportunities we offer each year. Recently our musicians have been displaying their talents as solo and ensemble musicians which you can read about below. 

SPARK and Fusion residential weekend 

The Ark Schools SPARK choir and Fusion Ensemble give intensive training to the most committed and enthusiastic singers and instrumentalists from schools across the network. Every year each school nominates students to join these groups and as the Music department grows at Ark Globe, so does the number of members we have in both ensembles which is now up to 15 students. Throughout the year the students and teachers give up their Saturdays to rehearse towards a gala musical concert at the Barbican, one of London's largest and most reputable concert halls. To help everyone prepare for this performance students and staff spend a weekend away together, this year at Wellington College, with the sole purpose of making music, building relationships and developing as an ensemble. This year they spent two days working hard on some fantastic pieces of music which we are looking forward to hearing at the Barbican in the Summer.

Sean Whitehead, Learning Director for Performance said: 'It is my third year at Ark Globe and this will be my fourth music gala. All I can say is that it is going to be the best one yet! Our young music makers are more experienced, professional and dedicated as each year passes and that manifests itself as high quality performances that would feel at home alongside the best youth orchestras in the country. This year Ark Globe students are also performing a special gala performance for the first time in three years which involves Ark Globe's own orchestra and choir which we are incredibly excited about'.

The Gala will be held on Tuesday 12 July and ticket information will be available nearer the time so please keep an eye out. 

First ever Ark Globe music recitals 

At the end of last term, all students learning an instrument at Ark Globe took part in the first ever Ark Globe music recitals which were very well received. It was the first opportunity that most of these students have had to perform in front of others in a professional environment. They all rose to the challenge, producing fantastic performances but also and just as crucially being a member of an actively supportive, formal crowd.

Sing into Spring 

On Wednesday 10 February, 25 secondary students travelled to Stratford Town Hall to take part in the Ark Schools annual singing celebration event ‘Sing into Spring’. The students had been learning and rehearsing the repertoire for months in preparation for the day. The Ark Globe students were joined by students from nine other Ark secondary schools who had also been working on the same repertoire and started the day with a series of warmups. Read below what Ruth Masterson, Music Teacher has to say about the day: 'The first half of the morning was spent rehearsing the songs in sections in different rooms of the venue, coming together after break for the first run through as a massed choir. The atmosphere was electric as we heard how all the voices sounded together accompanied by the Ark Schools staff band. Bryan Welton, Director of Music, Ark Schools, lead the rehearsal which took us up to lunch time. Everyone had worked hard and were ready for a short break and some food to recharge! After lunch we split off into small school groups and had the opportunity to work with some of the Ark Schools Music staff on a seperate creative project that we would later perform to the other schools. We worked on an acapella version of a popular KESHA song. We only had our voices to create all the different sounds – it was really interesting to experiment with our voices in that way and I think that we managed to pull it off for the final performance. In the last session of the day everyone came together again to perform the massed choir songs and it sounded amazing. The day was really great fun and it was a great experience to hear 100’s of voices singing in harmony.  We can’t wait until next year!'

Primary Sing into Spring 

On 22 March, it was the primary pupils' turn to shine on stage. The whole school from nursery to year 6 joined together to showcase their singing talents in a variety of songs from the hit musical Matilda to the Disney movie the 'Jungle Book'. All the pupils sang beautifully and it was a great way to end the term and prepare us for spring.

Primary music camp 

The school was full of music for the first three days of the Easter holidays as children from our primary school and others in the local area joined together for a three day musical extravaganza. Over the three days the students had the opportunity to sing, compose, learn the ukelele and the African drums as well to make new friends and have fun. The three days ended with a fantastic concert for parents and friends in the Pentagon. 

End of year performance 'Grease' 

This year our end of year production will be of the famous musical 'Grease'. Rehearsals have already started for the performance and we are looking forward to performing to a full Pentagon Hall. The performance will take place on Thursday 14 July at 5:00pm. Keep your eye out for tickets.