Summer issue of the Coombeshead Academy Aspire.
Rocking the Devon County Show! The Coombeshead Academy Soul Band and Folk Group wowed the crowd at one of Devon’s highest profile events on Thursday 17 th May. The ensembles were invited to play at the prestigious event by the Devon Music Education Hub and managed to fit the event into their already packed performance diaries. Upon arriving at the Exeter Westpoint Arena, the students were thrilled to discover that they were due to perform on the big main stage to a large audience. As the time ticked just passed lunchtime the food court was already busy just as the Soul Band started their performance. As they started to play even more people gathered to enjoy their lunch and more importantly, to enjoy the music. The Soul Band performed a 25 minute set which included some old soul classics and also soul versions of current pieces of contemporary music. The Coombeshead Academy Folk Group followed on from the Soul Band and continued to impress and amaze the Devon County Show audience. Performing original renditions of contemporary classics, the seven folk musicians filled the stage with great live music. Many members of the public commented on how professional, talented, and pleasing to the ear both bands were, with some even making the mistake in thinking they were listening to a recording! The students were a credit to Coombeshead Academy and really enjoyed the experience of performing for such a large audience. The talented young musicians at Coombeshead continue to challenge the distinction between ‘school group’ and ‘professional working bands’. EXPRESSIVE ARTS 4
Dazzling Music and Drama Trip to London Expressive Arts students at Coombeshead Academy had a fun filled and educational two day trip to London. They started their adventure by seeing the breath-taking 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Students were amazed by the precise routines and sceptical set design. Meanwhile, Music BTEC students saw a live performance of Les Miserables, commenting that they were speechless because it took them on a real ‘emotional roller-coaster’. The BTEC music students were then mesmerised by Phantom Thread at The Royal Festival Hall, experiencing the power of what London Contemporary Orchestra can bring to cinematography. The film has been nominated for 6 Oscars, including director Paul Thomas Anderson and composer Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist from Radiohead. Afterwards, the Coombeshead students were fortunate enough to witness the incredible talent and vocal performance of the Dream Girls cast, drawing most students to tears. One student commented that ‘Dreams girls was moving and powerful, it was extremely hard hitting and made us all cry.’ The next day the Coombeshead Drama students attended a fantastic Commercial Dance Workshop at the famous Pineapple Dance Studios with Jessica Mason, an ex Coombeshead student who now performances on Celebrity Cruises. Meanwhile the Music students composed their own scores using the latest Apple Mac software, in a music tech workshop, at the St Luke’s Centre which is part of the London Symphony Orchestra. One Music student said that the workshop was ‘interesting and informative.’ To end their career inspiring trip, they visited The New London Theatre and were dazzled by talented young performers playing live Rock and Roll music, including an electric guitar backwards! A Coombeshead student commented that ‘It was the best child cast I have ever seen, they were insanely talented and made us all wish we were in a rock band’. All pupils felt extremely privileged to have the opportunity to take part in this wonderful experience which allowed them to witness the workings of the professional performing arts industry. The trip inspired, motivated and enthused students to follow their dreams. Year 13 Performance Exam The year 13 Component two performance exam took place on 7 th March. The students worked endless hours to perform their own interpretation of ‘Dancing at the Lughnasa’ by Brian Friel. 57