The Ulster Youth choir recently visited Rainey Endowed to deliver a workshop for our junior and senior choir. This was a fantastic experience for over 90 of our pupils who attended. Following on from this, twenty eight of our students have been selected for the Junior Ulster Youth choir or the Ulster Youth Training Choir. This is a wonderful opportunity for these pupils which reflects their commitment and talent.
For two weeks in November a group of seven enthusiastic A level music students volunteered to participate in four fun-filled music workshops for Primary 6 and 7 pupils from Castledawson and New Row Primary Schools. During the course of the four workshops, we taught the children the basic elements of music – pitch, rhythm dynamics, pulse and texture. We taught these musical elements through powerpoint and of course one or two fun games!
NYO Inspire Orchestra 2016 was made up of 71 teenagers from around the UK, including our very own Year 13 student, Caitlin McPeake, who came together for an incredible 10-day orchestral music-making residency. Comprising 6-days of rehearsals at the University of Wolverhampton, the Orchestra then embarked on a 4-day concert tour of the West Midlands, bringing orchestral music to their peers in diverse places from schools to a youth centre. One of the highlights of the tour was performing at The Way Youth Zone Wolverhampton, where the audience was made up of over a hundred teenagers who had never seen an orchestra perform live. Focusing on peer sharing and learning, the Orchestra also led workshops for musicians from local music hubs and schools, exploring the different layers and sounds of an orchestra.
This year, NYO Inspire Orchestra performed Nino Rota’s circus-themed La Strada (the score from the Italian film by Federico Fellini), taking on a unique rendition of the piece that creatively integrates spoken word and movement. See their final performance by clicking this link.
Applications for NYO Inspire 2017 are now open and if you know of any young musicians aged 13-19 who may be interested in NYO Inspire, you can apply by clicking this link.
All NYO Inspire projects are free to participate in.
The deadline for submitting is 9am on Monday 24 October 2016.
On Monday 27 June, a small number of our woodwind students had the opportunity to practice and perform with The Band of the Irish Guards at Cookstown Primary School.
They took part in instrumental workshops in the morning before rehearsing with the band in the afternoon. Pupils then performed in a short concert to conclude their day with the band.
Our thanks go to Mrs Cuddy from Cookstown Primary School for inviting us along to this fantastic event!
Last Friday was the final music session for the pupils of Castledawson Primary School. Claire McKinney, Alex Bell and Roseanna Hunter taught four excellent music lessons to the Primary 6/7 pupils, and will greatly miss the energy on a Friday morning that the pupils brought to the sessions.
This Year’s Spring Concert will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th March 2016 in the Johnston Hall. Tickets are priced at £5 each and include refreshments, which will be served in the Dining Hall during the interval. Please complete and return the slip, along with the correct payment (cheques made payable to Rainey Endowed School) to the school office no later than Friday 11th March 2016.
On Friday 4th December, Eunan McDonald from the Ulster Youth Choir came in to school to lead a workshop for members of the Junior and Senior Choirs. This was a fantastic opportunity which allowed our pupils to gain an insight into singing in this prestigious choir, as well as picking up some singing tips in preparation for the upcoming Christmas Concerts.
A BIG thank you to all the pupils from Castledawson Primary School who came to visit us today. We hope you enjoyed the music workshop.