On Friday 16 March 2018 we held our annual Music Cup competition between all the houses here at Dane Court.
This year we welcomed guest judges Mark Smith from Kent Music and Zoe Carassik-Lord from Pie Factory Music in Ramsgate.
All year sevens performed a whole class song as part of the competition and each house needed to organise a performance for the following categories; KS3 Solo performance, KS4 solo performance, KS5 solo performance, Folk solo performance and group performance (mix of ages).
Congratulations to Gabriel Price-Butt (8B) who won the KS3 solo performance round, with a knock-out drum kit solo of ‘Mary’ by The Macabees.
Chloe Sanyu (6N2) won the Folk performance round with ‘’Tis The Last Rose of Summer’ by Renee Fleming. Chloe will automatically win a trophy at Prize Giving and have the opportunity to perform this piece at Broadstairs Folk Week in the SummerIn KS4, Jack Wilkinson won the round with his performance of ‘River Flows in You’ by Yiruma on Guitar, which demands real expression throughout.
Maria Munnich (6B1) won the KS5 round with her vocal performance of ‘Popular’ by S. Schwartz from the Musical Wicked.
The group performance first place went to Brothers’ Joseph and Michael Chesters (6D1 and 7D) with their captivating rendition of Hungarian Dance No.5 in F# Minor by J. Brahms.
Overall, Neuchatel took first place, Barcelona second, Sorrento third, Helsinki fourth, Delphi fifth and Tallin sixth.
Thank you to all our performers, the judges were blown away with the standard of performances and have already asked if they can come back next year to judge.
Liliana Clark (8H) performed as part of the folk solo performance round and although she did not come first, the judges were so astounded by her performance of ‘Little Lion Man’ by Mumford and Sons, they gave her the honorary prize of ‘Performer of The Day’. Liliana has been offered a free studio recording session at Pie Factory music as part of her prize.
Musicians from year 7-12 enjoyed another fantastic workshop on 6 March 2018 exploring the nature of Jazz and all its intricacies.
Students will be building up their jazz repertoire at these workshops in preparation for a schools performance at St George’s church, Deal on Monday 9 July 2018 as part of the Deal Festival.
On 23 March 2018, we welcomed 120 musicians from neighbouring Primary Schools to perform as part of an Orchestra here at Dane Court. Our bigger vision in music here at Dane Court is to see the growth of community music and bringing musicians together from different schools to play as one.
As part of this free experience, students experienced a workshop exploring composition and playing as an ensemble as well as learning some classical pieces which were performed on the day.
34 Dane Court students worked as mentors during the day, helping younger students with their day at secondary school as well as supporting them with their performing and playing.
During the Orchestra Day, all students got to perform their own composition as well as three classical pieces of music, including adaptations from The New World Symphony by Dvorak and Waltz of The Flowers by Tchaikovsky.
Learning to perform as part of an ensemble is a fantastic skill and really important to build from the beginner years of learning an instrument.
Dane Court Music Department are working with Kent Music to explore bringing more schools together for other ensembles in the near future, watch this space!
Following the success of the day, in May 2018 a new ensemble will be offered to students of Thanet aged 8-13 here at Dane Court on a Wednesday night, 4:00pm-6:00pm.
More details can be found here: https://www.kent-music.com/groups/music-explorers/
Thank you to all the schools who took part and we really are looking to seeing you again.
Tuesday 6 March 2018 Dane Court Grammar School held its first Open Mic Evening. I was overwhelmed by the number of students who wanted to perform, with over 23 acts signing up!
The night was open to any group or performer who wanted to perform in an informal setting. Rohan Terenghi (6N2) did a fantastic job of hosting the evening. We had a range of students performing from year 7, right up to year 13!
Key Stage 5 saw Amelia Bell (6S7) kick off the evening with her beautiful rendition of ‘This Years Love’ by David Gray on voice and piano as well as Lily-Ann Naylor (6H2) with her own vocal version of ‘When We Were Young’ by Adele. Other performances included a mashup of ‘La Vie En Rose’ by Maria Munnich (6B1) on vocals and ukulele and ‘The Man I love’ performed by Joseph Chesters on piano. Johanna Steinvorth (6S2) and Issac Kundukulam (6H2) performed ‘Lost Boy’ by Ruth B on piano and voice.
In year 7 we had performances from Eleanor Golding (7H) who performed ‘Igorni’ by Ludovico Einaudi on Piano, Charlie Luxmore (7S) performed ‘A Million Dreams’ from the musical The Greatest Showman and Angelina Saad (7N) who sang a beautiful acapella piece in Russian. Rebecca Wells performed ‘Hallelujah’ by Alexandra Burke and Tom Couzens and Lexie Vincent (7B) performed a duet on Guitar and Voice of ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele.
In year 8 we had a performance from Liliana Clark (8H) performing ‘Time After Time’ by Cyndi Lauper on Guitar and Voice.
Year 9 showed a real array of talent from Abigail Heyfron (9H) performing ‘How are Things in Glocca Morra?’ by B. Lane with piano accompaniment as well as a group performance of ‘Titanium’ by Sia from class band in 9S. Shayen Kerai performed on Piano and Voice with a Sam Smith chart topper ‘I’m Not The Only One’.
Chloe Strutt (9B) closed the show with a haunting performance of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ by Elvis Presley.
Thank you to all the performers and support for this event, I am hoping to host another Open Mic early next year and look forward to perhaps adding in some staff performances!
A group of year 7-9 students joined forces with students from King Ethelbert Secondary School as part of Looping the Loop Festival. Students spent two workshop days exploring the Opera Semele by Handel through vocal and physical theatre practice, creative work around the themes and performances from two Opera singers.
As part of the two days, students worked together to compose their own scene, with music and movement which will be performed on Wednesday 15 November 2017, St Lawrence College, Ramsgate (6:00pm-8:30pm). If you would like to come along and support our performers, please reserve FREE tickets using the link below;
Here is a clip from our workshop rehearsals, where our students composed their own lyrics for a scene in the Opera, featuring soloist one of our year 7 soloists: