Music Makers Meet
On Saturday 22nd April, the future GCSE Music students in year 9 and the current year 10 and 11 GCSE Music students gathered bright and early in Brooklands ready to embark on a full day of music-making. The event was led by Henry Priestman and his fellow band member, Les Glover, who began by giving a presentation to the students about their early musical influences growing up in Liverpool during the '50s and '60s, their musical backgrounds and their careers. The students were taken on a mystery tour of popular music culture through the decades from the revolutionary hits of Yesterday, also taking inspiration from more recent artists such as Take That and current chart topper, Ed Sheeran.
Their task was to compose a song, with the inclusion of original lyrics and to perform and record their pieces within four hours of being set the brief. Initially the students, understandably, were a little apprehensive at the mammoth task that faced them, but rose to the challenge with a great sense of determination and camaraderie; traits none too rare of our GCSE Music students here at QEGS. All groups carefully managed their time to ensure they worked to their allotted rehearsal schedules and benefitted from one-to-one tutorials with Henry and Les as they continued to develop and perfect their performances over the course of the day.
Up first to perform (which, in itself, is certainly no mean feat!) were the year 9 students, who will begin their GCSE Music studies this September; they included Dylan Ashurst (drums), Abdurrehman Babar (synth), Zakariyah Bux (Bass), along with Year 11 student, Christian Peel (piano). As a group of first study keyboard players, they demonstrated their versatility as instrumentalists and an ability to adapt within the group to pull off a slick performance; an extremely promising sight for the future of the music department!
Kyle Robinson (bass guitar), William Gedling (vocals and acoustic guitar), Harry Motupali (drums), and Jarvis Davies (electric guitar), all current year 10 students who dubbed themselves ‘The Accidentals’, delivered a confident performance of their song ‘Rail Line’; Jarvis’ impressive improvisatory skills during the instrumental led to an exciting climax as we reached the final chorus.
Next to the stage were none other than the all-girl-group ‘The Pink Unicorns’ who gave a fabulous performance, brimming with musicality. The band members were made up of current year 10 and 11 GCSE Music students and consisted of Bethany Heyworth (vocals and xylophone), Joanna Sleigh (violin and vocals), Ruth Brown (oboe), and Harriet Woods (piano).