Hitting the high notes with our music department

Tuesday 04 March 2014

Globe Academy has specialist status in mathematics and the performing arts with an emphasis on music. We want our students to have every opportunity to get the most out of these programmes and our ambition is for every pupil to fully participate in our music and arts programmes.

We have a busy enrichment programme beyond our core curriculum. So what’s happening in our Music department to encourage our students to hit the highest notes?

Keep your finger on the pulse with our Podcast

Each Tuesday afternoon students from across the key stages join together in the music department to produce ‘Going Global’ our news and views Academy Podcast.

‘Going Global’ started in September of this academic year and aims to provide pupils with an up to date impression of what's going on around the Academy, from the students themselves. Each week our aspiring reporters and DJs enter the recording  studio, notes at the ready, and compile a short broadcast to inform and entertain their fellow pupils. What to know the latest news? Download their Podcasts




Sensational Songwriting for CBBC ‘The Big Performance’

Could the next Dizzee Rascal, Adele or Bob Dylan be at Globe Academy? A group of our students from years 7-10 are busy writing their own songs and have applied to be part of the BAFTA nominated, nationwide event  ‘The Big Performance’ hosted by BBC. If accepted, the students will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals to learn the art of song writing and have their work presented in a performance showcase aired on television! I hope you will join the music department in supporting the applicants and wishing them luck!

Sing into Spring

Each year the ARK Federation hosts two major performance events. The first of those events, ‘Sing into Spring’ took place at ARK All Saints Academy on Thursday 13 February 2014. Students in our Academy choir joined with 280 students from 12 different ARK academies to showcase the One Voice pieces that the choirs have been working on. They also took part in choral masterclasses delivered by the ARK Artists in residence.

The event is an opportunity for students to celebrate their musical achievements and enjoy being immersed in singing for a day. As Mark De-Lisser one of the ARK Artist in Residence team says: “Music is really about having fun, allowing students to have a good time - I think that’s the best way to learn.” Music to our ears! For a video of the day and to read more visit: ARK Schools



Nurturing young Primary School talent

We’re proud of the great musicians we have at Globe and enjoy working with our local Primary schools to begin their lifelong love of music. Since the beginning of the year Miss Masterson has been working with local primary schools to inspire their pupils through music. The schools we currently work with are; John Donne Primary School, John Ruskin Primary and Globe Primary. Some of the pupils will be taking part in Globe’s Summer concert so stay tuned for more information! 

Voices that SPARK high achievement

Six students from Years 9 and 10 are involved in the federation SPARK choir and take part in Saturday rehearsals each half term. Selected for their ability and potential in singing the SPARK choir consists of students from across all ARK Academies get involved. Our talented six students are privileged to be taking part in an exchange trip to Milan from 11–14 March 2014. They’ll meet with a group of students from the Oliver Twist Foundation in Milan that visited Globe last summer and will take part in various performance and cultural events. Look out for our photos and update when they come back to Globe.

Jamming at Open Mic Night

The Academy’s second Open Mic Night took place on Wednesday 12 February 2014. A showcase for our talented musicians the informal event allows our Year 11 music students to perform their ensemble pieces before they are assessed for examination.







Musical masterclass from Multi-story

On Tuesday 11 February our budding musicians were given a musical masterclass by the Multi-Story Orchestra, a 35-piece string, wind, brass and percussion ensemble. The orchestra played Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 to over 100 enthralled students. Read more about their performance and top tips.

An experience hard to beat

This half term a small group of students who have drum lessons within the Academy have begun to work with our drum teacher on an advanced drum project ‘Drumline’. Taking inspiration from the American college marching bands they meet every Wednesday afternoon to play together. Their first public performance will be at the ‘Cultural Evening’ on 12 March 2014. Prepare to be blown away!

Creative composing with the ‘Soundcastle Project’

Our Year 9 GCSE students will be taking part in a composition and performance project funded by the EU in conjunction with the ‘Soundcastle Project’. This will be taking place next half term on Friday afternoons. Throughout the project students will work with professional composers and musicians to create and record their own work. They will then have the opportunity to showcase their work at a top London venue.