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Arts Week 2013

Immediately after October half term we held our annual Arts Week with many different workshops taking place in the performing arts. We had a visiting workshop leaders in dance as well as numerous workshops in drama, dance and music put on by our own performing arts staff and A level students.

Year 12 student Kiran Maher ran a Bollywood Dance workshop for RSA students and A level drama students put on a workshop for students from Ellesmere College. Marie Harmer, Head of Dance, ran workshops in Salsa Dancing and Commercial Dance whilst our performing arts technicians Benjamin Freestone and Catherine Swanwick put on workshops in Samba Drumming, Live Lighting and Sound, and Foley (Sound Effects for Film). The Year 10 and 11 Flute Ensemble, run by peripatetic teacher Kathryn Cartwright, and the Saxophone Ensemble, led by peripatetic teacher Francine Warner, visited Ridgeway Primary School and Meadowdale Primary School where they performed in assemblies and gave demonstrations on their instruments. Our peripatetic percussion teacher Darron McHarg also ran two percussion workshops for invited students from Lubenham Primary School and Market Harborough C of E Primary School. On Thursday night we held our first GCSE concert of this academic year, organised by KS4 music coordinator Nick Hughes, where several year 10 and 11 GCSE music students performed solo and ensemble items in the Max Theatre.

It was a very successful week and it was particularly pleasing that many of those students who don’t study music, drama or dance formally at GCSE or A level also wanted to attend the workshops and events on offer.

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Primary School Percussion Workshop

Visiting Primary Schools took part in a percussion workshop taken by Drum teacher Darron Cleary-McHarg. The students got the chance to play whole drum kits and other percussion instruments such as cowbells and tambourines.

Foley Workshop

Nine students took part in the Foley Workshop which consisted of creating sound effects for a short film scene. The chosen scene was a T-Rex attack on a car in the action film Jurassic Park. The students used everyday items such as plastic bags to fill in the missing sound effects. The group performed the effects whilst watching the scene to sync them perfectly to the scene. The result was an impressive take of diverse sound effects.


Live Lighting and Sound Workshop

Fifteen students came along to the live lighting and sound workshop wanting to know how a concert is produced. The students were split in to two groups depending on their preference of sound or lighting. The students learnt the basics in both lighting and sound, such as how to connect the equipment up correctly and safely. Once each task had been explained, the students went on to complete the set up and produced light and sound at a very high level.


Samba Drumming Workshop

The Samba workshop was run by Performing Arts Technician Ben Freestone. The students played rhythmical games using the percussion instruments and played through a variety of carnival style beats. At the end of the workshop the students got the chance to play their Samba beats in their own parade around the school.

Drama Workshop for Students with Profound Learning Difficulties

The students from the Ellesmere College visited Robert Smyth Academy for a workshop ran by Mrs Rosenbloom.

Bollywood Dance

This workshop allowed students to explore a different genre of dance. The students learnt a whole Bollywood style dance routine which was both challenging and enjoyable.

GCSE Music Concert

This evening concert was an opportunity for the year 10 and 11 students to showcase their talent. There was a wide range of performances from a Cello solo to an electronic ensemble piece.

Year 10 and 11 Flute Group Visit to Primary Schools

Kate Cartwright’s flute ensemble visited The Ridgeway Primary School and Meadowdale Primary School. The ensemble performed a ‘Mary Poppins’ medley which the students thoroughly enjoyed.

Saxophone Ensemble Visit to Primary School

Francine Warner’s saxophone ensemble performed two pieces: ‘The Wallace and Gromit Theme’ and ‘The Muppet Show Theme’ to the children of The Ridgeway Primary School. The students thoroughly enjoyed the performance and even clapped along with the pieces.

Last updated: December 2, 2013