Spring 2017 edition of the Coombeshead Academy Aspire magazine.
DELIGHTING AUDIENCES MUSIC NEWS SCHOLARSHIP There are currently 12 students on the scholarship scheme all receiving subsidised instrumental lessons for learning an orchestral instrument. THE BUSHELL YOUTH COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA Tuesday 27th September saw the launch of Coombeshead Academy’s new Devon Music Hub funded initiative to bring together more local Teignbridge musicians. The department ran a full day of workshops which was attended by over 70 pupils from a number of local schools. These included: COOMBESHEAD ACADEMY • Teign School • Blackpool Church of England Primary School • Chudleigh Primary School • Canada Hill Primary School • Rydon Primary School • Ipplepen Primary School • Doddiscombsleigh Primary School The children worked with four local peripatetic musicians developing their instrumental skills. They all came together at the end of the day to showcase the progress that had been made with a performance of two pieces of music. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The funding received by the Music Department means that any local young musician can attend free group lessons on a Tuesday evening, between 4.00pm and 5.00pm, working with local professional musicians. These free development sessions run alongside the orchestral rehearsals, the focus being that every young musician who attends will become a member of the orchestra once they are ready. There are 60 young local musicians who attend every Tuesday for both the development sessions and orchestra rehearsal. To celebrate the success of the new orchestra initiative, Coombeshead held a concert on Tuesday 13th December, at which there were 200 local young musicians who had been working on whole class violin tuition. The event culminated in over 250 young musicians from the Teignbridge area performing together. THE BUSHELL VOICES As part of the Devon Music Education Hub Singing Strategy, the Music Department has begun hosting a Teignbridge transition choir at school. The aim is to focus on delivering an engaging and welcoming choir, to bring singing and music to local young people and help them meet like-minded others to work towards the same goal. Bushell Voices rehearse on a Wednesday evening between 4.00pm and 5.00pm at Coombeshead Academy. The choir is run by vocal specialist Kate Graham. An experienced educator, she has worked extensively in both primary and secondary music education. One of her current roles is working for the South West Music School as a vocal mentor. The repertoire is decided by the young people as they learn about voice production, harmony singing and working together to produce the best sound they can.
RYDON FOLK GIG In December, Coombeshead Academy Folk Group were invited to perform at Rydon Primary School Christmas Fayre. The students performed a 30-minute set of old classic and contemporary folk songs. They were very well received with members of the public saying what a great performance they had given. Rydon Primary School were also very impressed and have asked the Folk Group back to perform at their summer fete. A big thank you to the performers from the folk group and the commitment they continue to show. The students involved were: Jasmine Thorne, Andrew Duncan, Harrison Moss, Jack Hughes, Toby Maddicott, Benjamin Pead, Ryan Thorne and Ellis Rattue. A BUSY SCHEDULE 2016 -17 1. Sixth Formers perform at the Newton Abbot Annual Charity Ball at the Grand Hotel, Torquay in October. 2. Coombeshead Academy Music Department showcase performances in Newton Abbot Town Centre in November. 3. Off-site educational visits: Post 16 London trip: enhancing students’ understanding of assessment components. Students watched performances of Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera (set works for A Level Music), a performance from the Czech National Opera and experienced a Gamelan workshop. Opera trip: A Level Music and BTEC Performing Arts attend an educational performance of Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain. 4. Performances since September 2016: • TAIKO performance in Paignton • BTEC Post 16 Assessment Evening • BTEC Performing Arts Panto • Performance at Rydon Primary School • Christmas Concert 5. Forthcoming events: • Spring Concert • Various BTEC assessment evening performances • Christian Aid Walk • Devon County Show • Babbacombe Variety Show • Summer show – High School Musical • Performances at local primary school summer fetes.