18 Jun

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The past few months have been busy in the Music Department, with Live Music Now! returning to do some workshops and performances for our students. We have had Kathryn Williams and Elinor Nicholson delivering workshops to our young people over the last half term. They have worked with our young people on musical expression and composition – Elinor’s harp was a big hit with everyone, and Miss Ward’s class were enthralled with Kathryn’s flute..

On 24th May our young people at the Learning Centre and New Bridge School were entertained by the fantastic Borealis Saxophone Quartet who performed a wide variety of musical works for Saxophone. You could hear the excitement from our young people as they looked at, listened to, and touched the instruments. Borealis were recently featured on BBC Radio 3 on the BBC Introducing Artist Series and they certainly proved extremely popular with our young people, as you will understand when you see part of their wonderful performance which we’re delighted to be able to share with you..

Borealis said afterwards,

We really enjoyed visiting New Bridge School as part of the ‘Live Music Now!’ scheme on Wednesday. We played lots of different music and the students were fantastic at joining in with conducting the quartet and clapping along with different rhythms for one of our pieces. It was wonderful to hear some great singing from everyone at the end when we played ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen!

Currently, we are happy to have a familiar face rejoin us! Delia Stevens (Percussion) returns to us this year, bringing with her this time Ben Sayah (Guitar). Our young people have already recognised Delia in the corridors, hoping they will get to work with her. Delia and Ben are working on some ‘Junk Yard Samba’ and ‘Ukulele Blues’ with students from Hollinwood Academy. We are excited to announce that Kabantu (formerly Project Jam Sandwich) will be returning to on July 18th to perform two exciting concerts for our young people. You can see Kabantu’s upcoming performances and other projects at www.Kabantu.com – definitely worth a look!