Let the Music play!
Students and staff at The Radclyffe School joined in with the BBC Music Day on Thursday (15th June), a UK-wide celebration of music.
The theme of the day is ‘The Power of Music’, and across the school, music influenced everything happening at the school. Lessons in all subjects included exercises and activities for students to think about this theme and how music can impact other subjects.
At break and lunchtime, talented student musicians performed in public areas – solos and duets from vocalists, wind instruments and percussion. Throughout the school, staff have shared their musical heroes, from Take That and Andrew Lloyd Webber to Blink 182 and Radiohead. Students created their own playlist of their favourite songs, which was heard around school on the day.
Thirty students got their hands on tradition African instruments for a drumming workshop led by Bangdrum Arts. Through the day they prepared a piece that they performed at an evening concert.
The finale to the school’s day of celebration, a free concert took place in the school hall. Five of the school’s top musicians competed for the first title of Young Musician of the Year. The contestants were pianist Sam O’Neill, guitar player Heather Wlach, Flautist Olivia Crozier, Clarinet player Hadia Arain and singer Josie Melling.
[Update] Congratulations to our first ever winner – Olivia Crozier.
The second act featured the school’s Wind Band and Chamber Choir. Pupils from St Matthew’s primary school also performed two songs. The event raised money for two charity partners – the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, and Music and the Deaf; a charity that enriches the lives of deaf people through musical activity.
Head of Music Daniel Corrigan said, “On BBC Music Day we’re taking the opportunity for everyone to learn more about music, share their own favourites and discover other people’s, to enjoy performing and celebrate the importance of music in our lives.”