Once again it has been a busy first half of the year for Morpeth Music Department, with numerous performances, visitors and trips. Highlights so far began in September with the start of our brand new Ukulele Club run by Mr Keil. As well as playing Ukulele as its main focus the club has a strong emphasis on the importance of community being open to both staff and students of all abilities. They are looking to perform their first concert very soon!!
Then in October we took on the mammoth task of getting the whole of year 7 to a showing of the BBCs Ten Pieces at the Hackney Picture House. Ten Pieces is an exciting initiative for primary and secondary schools that aims to open up the world of classical music to a generation of children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to ten pieces of music. Nearly two years ago Morpeth PULSE Drummers were involved in the making of the first Ten Pieces Film, where they performed in a disused aircraft hanger on the outskirts of Cardiff.
Towards the end of October members of our big band Urban Playground, along with our friends from the International School of the Hague in the Netherlands joined forces to perform a “Flash Mob” performance in front of music leaders and teachers from across the world at the Brewery in the City for the Music Learning Revolution. This was the first of an annual professional development event run by Musical Futures for secondary music teachers, primary teachers (specialist and non-specialist), school and sector leaders.
Onto November and GCSE and BTEC Music students travelled to the Royal Albert Hall for a night of Hollywood Classics. After a two hour journey across London students were treated to music from the 100-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where they experienced the drama, romance, glamour and heart-pounding action in film scores from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Still in November and the music department were visited by multi million selling Rock Guitarist Ace, from Skunk Anansie. Ace gave a talk to Guitar Students on how he started as a self taught musician and through hard work and determination became part of an international selling band touring the world and playing on some of the biggest stages. Head of Music Mr Romhany said ”with vision and hard work students can achieve their ambitions and goals”.
Staying in November Urban Playground were once again asked to open the “Write Idea Festival” held at the Ideas Store in Whitechapel. This is a festival that celebrates story telling and is an integral part of the of the Idea Store, the innovative library, learning and information service created by Tower Hamlets Council. This year Head of Music Mr Romhany and Urban Playground were asked to compose a piece of music for the festival. They came up with “Whitechapel Road”. Some say the melody was so catchy that they were sure they had heard it before.
December has only just started and the music department is preparing for a Gospel workshop on 4th December held at the Institute of Education and led by one of the UK's most respected Gospel tutors Karen Gibson. Then the choir perofrmed at Sainsbury's Whitechapel on the 17th December where they entertainied shoppers between 2.00pm and 2.30pm with festive tunes. To wrap it all up the end of term assembly saw performances from the broad range of students who study music at Morpeth. We had performances from Urban Playground and Staff Band, Junior Jazz Band, Choir, PULSE, BTEC Performance Students, Ukulele Club