Rite of Spring trip to the Barbican
17 budding Ark Academy musicians were given the opportunity to see the London Symphony Orchestra play Stravinsky's famous piece- The Rite of Spring at the Barbican. The students were treated to an explanation of the background of the music, short broken down passages where they got to hear each section of the orchestra on its own and an interview with the conductor to find out just how one prepares for leading such a pivotal piece of musical history. It then culminated with a full performance of the piece.
House Music Competition
Spring term saw the return of House Music, with each house battling it out to achieve the accolade of best performance and those coveted house points. The audience were treated to a performance of Eliza Doolittle's Pack up Your Troubles by sister team Kaya and Aysha Lohan (Plato), Curie's Meesha Nathan Stoute showed us one of her Grade 6 pieces on solo Piano, Socrates' Ciara Barrett and Nuradean Arrethye did their own version of "If I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars on vocals and piano, and vocal superstar Yash Shah and rapper Munira Jimbah from Newton rounded the solo/duo acts up with their own rendition of "Stressed Out" by 21 Pilots. The bands featured far too many performers to mention, but ranged from a Motown Medley from Plato, Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" form Newton, Drake's "Too Good" came from Curie and Socrates entry was "How Far I'll Go" from the new Disney film "Moana"; a real eclectic mix of genres. It really was a tough decision to make for the judges, but the winners came from Plato for the solo performance, Newton for the band, and Plato just pipping Newton to the post to be overall winners. Well done to everyone involved, it really was an exceptional representation of the musical talent we have here at Ark Academy.
ARK Central's Sing into Spring
17 Ark Academy students attended ARK Schools 'Sing into Spring' event. Their singing and behaviour were exemplary. They also showed Civitas by welcoming Ark Elvin’s new school choir into our master class rehearsal. They were real advocates of Ark Academy and the Head of Ark Central’s music team was very impressed with them!
St Paul's Cathedral Trip
Ark Academy Senior Choir performed at St Pauls Cathedral. Students had a musical tour of the Cathedral and sung in the Cathedral to hundreds of tourists. They performed from the choir stalls, under the dome and at the bottom of a stair case featured in Harry Potter. They then rehearsed in the St Pauls’ Cathedral Choir’s rehearsal room, before performing a recital to tourists in the OBE Chapel. Their recital was excellent – so much so that a tourist emailed the Cathedral to say how much he enjoyed hearing the pupils sing! They performed 4 pieces, including ‘The Rhythm of Life’ and ‘Amazing Grace’. The solo was sung by Year 9 student Angel Egbuche.