Bow School

Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils treated to a musical feast out of this world!

Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils treated to a musical feast out of this world!

14 year 7, 8 and 9 musicians attended the annual Key Stage 3 Bright Sparks concert at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre today. This was a reward trip and these musicians were selected from a larger pool for the commitment and dedication they have shown to their instrumental lessons so far this year.

The programme included a range of works that gave the pupils insight into lots of different compositional techniques and the various families of the orchestra.

We were played a Romeo and Juliet Suite by Prokofiev (the music used on the Apprentice), an Overture by Shostakovitch, and a brand new fusion piece called 'Young Person's Guide to Indian Classical Music' by Jonathan Myers. This piece fused Indian Sitar playing and techniques of Indian Classical Music with Western Orchestral performance.

Pupils then took part in an interactive performance of a work called Loops, Riffs and Ostinati by one of the animators of the concert.

The orchestra finished with a spine-tingling rendition of the Star Wars main title which had the pupils transfixed, needless to say this was their favourite performance of the concert!

Pupils left with a revitalised respect for classical musicians and the power of collaborative ensemble performance.