Music for Life - Royal Northern College of Music

Music for Life - Royal Northern College of Music

(Posted on 18/02/17)

Music for Life - Royal Northern College of Music

On Saturday 18th February 2017, a group of students, including myself, attended an event organised by Music for Life at the Royal Northern College of Music. We met at school at 08:45 and travelled to Manchester by coach.

At the Royal Northern College of Music, we met with students from three other High schools: Bishop Heber, Tarporley and Neston. Among us there were vocalists and instrumentalists including saxophone, flute, violin, trumpet (and more) players.

I went to the vocalist workshop. We were led by a lady called Rosie and there was a band consisting of drums, bass, electric guitar and piano. We were spilt into three groups - group one sang low, group two sang the tune and group three sang high. I was in group three. Each song was arranged so we would harmonise when we sang together. The songs we sang were "Human" by Rag 'n' Bone Man, "Run" by Snow Patrol/ Leona Lewis and "Hold Back the River" by James Bay. Rosie was very enthusiastic and encouraged us to enjoy the music, listen to each other and how we sounded as a group.

The day culminated in a performance at 16:30. The Junior MFL orchestra were first to perform playing "Rondeau" - Purcell, "Ruby" - Kaiser Chiefs, "Five Jive" - AT, "Over the Rainbow" - Arlen and Harburg (from The Wizard of Oz) and "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" - Kylie. Next, Morgan Tomlins (Bishop Heber) sang "Somewhere" from West Side Story. Then, it was our turn to perform. We stood in front of the band and sang our songs. I thought they all went well, but "Hold Back the River" was the most enjoyable to sing, with the audience clapping along.

When we took our seats again, Jessie Griffiths (from our Year 10BA1) played Bach's Flute Sonata in G minor. Finally, it was the turn of the band. They played "Cold Duck Time" and "Simple Song". Angus Vardy-White (Tarporley) then played a song on the piano, which he couldn't pronounce the name of and no one else seemed to know. The band finished the performance by playing another two pieces, "Soul Bossa Nova" and "Kimo Samba".

The performance finished at 18:00. Music for Life had promised the day would be amazing, inspirational and memorable. I think it definitely was!

By Emily Stretch Year 8L1 (Hot Scholar for Music)

 


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