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Music

Music department news and information

Orchestra Day

IMG 1373 250pxOn 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.

 

Open Mic Night

IMG 1292 250pxTuesday 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!

Looping the Loop Workshops - November 2017

IMG 0709 250pxA 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;

http://www.loopingtheloopfestival.org.uk/semele-mash-up.html 

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:

 

Zimmer Vs Williams Concert Trip

IMG 0505On Friday 6 October 2017, eighteen musical students made their way to The Royal Festival Hall, SouthBank Centre, London to watch a fantastic performance with The London Concert Orchestra playing all the very best film scores from two of the best composers of the 20th century. 

IMG 0502We heard music from Hans Zimmer, highlights including Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception and Gladiator and music from John Williams such as Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Superman and E.T.
The group had seats in the choir stalls, with excellent views of the orchestra from above, which meant we could see all of the conductor's direction first hand.

Unexpectedly, the conductor had themed outfits for each piece and added a lot of comedy to such a fantastic night.

Wicked Trip

wicked musical 250pxOn Wednesday 27 September, thirty lucky students travelled to London to take part in a musical workshop at Pineapple Studios and watch the Matinee performance of Wicked the musical.

We were incredibly lucky to have the assistant director of music (of the show), who took the students on a musical journey of how to sing short excerpts from ‘One Short Day’ and ‘What Is This Feeling’. The students learnt how to project their voice and how to add stage presence to their performance to create a convincing performance!

The matinee performance was excellent and it is likely we will be repeating the trip next year.

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