Musical month for academy pupils

SCHOOL pupils in Sompting and Lancing took part in month of music making when the Sir Robert Woodard Acadmey (SRWA) hosted a pair of orchestral events.

Firstly, students from eight different primary and secondary schools came together for the first All Schools Orchestral Workshop, hosted by SRWA.

All Schools Orchestral Workshop at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing

All Schools Orchestral Workshop at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing

The SRWA Orchestra were joined by more than 90 students from the academy’s Junior Band and schools including The Globe, North Lancing and Sompting Village primary schools, Davison High School For Girls, St Andrews High School For Boys and Chatsmore High School.

Throughout the day, the students took part in a variety of activities, with all participants learning two pieces to be included in the SRWA Musical Spectacular.

The primary pupils and members of the SRWA Junior Band worked on developing their ensemble performance skills, as many had never played in a large group before.

They rehearsed Power Rock, a compilation of We Will Rock You and Another One Bites The Dust and performed to the older students as well as performing at the end of the day.

Pupils at the All Schools Music Workshop at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Pupils at the All Schools Music Workshop at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy

The older students also practiced their ensemble performance skills, learning Loch and Mountain, featuring Tom Russell opening with a solo on the bassoon.

The Bond-themed Musical Spectacular was then held in the Academy’s packed main hall, on January 24.

Director of performing arts and expressive arts, Guy Williams, gave a rave review of the performance.

“One was transfixed by the astonishing skill and energy of the blossoming SRWA Orchestra and transported to the magical world of the silver screen and the exploits of the timeless 007,” he said.

“It is difficult to imagine how this show could have been bettered – one parent said as they were leaving that they would happily have paid good money to see this in the West End.”

Students performed many of the classic Bond songs, from the original Bond theme, through Russia With Love, The Spy Who Loved Me and Goldfinger, to Skyfall.

Mr Williams said the students’ performance had been ‘magnificent’.