Orchestra and rock band Underline the Sky give Claydon High School pupils a musical masterclass
- Credit: Lucy Taylor
A Suffolk high school has kept in tune after visits from two musical guests.
Claydon High School was visited by Ipswich band Underline the Sky as part of a rock band session day. The group worked with students from years seven to 11 to compose pop music and give feedback to the pupils on their performances.
Following the students performances, the band then played to a captivated audience.
Head of Arts, Kim Jenkins, who organised the event, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic experience, with over 60 enthusiastic young musicians, inspired by the professionalism and musicianship of band members Bronwyn, Dan, Chiron and Hicks from Underline the Sky.
“Much of the work will be performed at our forthcoming evening of rock, pop and contemporary music on Tuesday.”
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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra also visited the school, performing in front of primary school pupils and holding a composition workshop with year seven and eight pupils designed to develop students’ listening, composing and performing skills.
Ms Jenkins said: “I am extremely proud of the way our students responded to the challenges set by the professional musicians.
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“The final composition pieces shared at the end of the day were individual, creative and quite magical. It showed just how talented our students are.
“It was also wonderful to be able to share the day with over 450 primary school pupils.
“Hopefully the experience will have inspired many to begin learning a new instrument.”
The visits were co-ordinated by Industry Education in Music (IEM), a UK-wide school workshop company based in Ipswich and founded by young entrepreneur Sam Robson.