18 of our talented students took to the stage in our summer performance of Musical Madness. The evening consisted of singing, dancing, acting and gymnastics all created by our students over the last academic year. I would like to say a big thank you to the staff, friends and family that attended this fabulous evening and those behind the scenes who helped make this evening possible! If you see any of these students in the corridors or around school please do congratulate them on their hard work.’
On Friday 11th January and Monday 14th January workshop leaders from Conductive Music visited the school to run a workshop with 20 Year 7 and 8 students. Students learnt about the science behind how ‘makey makeys‘ work to turn every day objects into touchpads. Students designed and built instruments to encase the ‘makey makeys’ which were then connected to computers and students could were able to type and play music on their instruments. Students creatively built their ‘makey makey’ instruments out of cardboard and tin foil, designs included a flower, game controllers and a cricket bat. Their decorations really made their designs come to life. Students spent the second day learning how to use Sound Trap Music software and combining this with their ‘makey makey’ instruments. The two days culminated with each student performing on their ‘makey makey’ instruments to the group.
Over 100 students from years 7 to 11 performed during the Winter Concert to a packed out Tylers Hall.
We had a range of performances from the department ensembles including a choir of over 40 students led by Miss Kvaerndrup and two different guitar groups led by our guitar teacher Mr Slatter. Students have been working hard putting together and rehearsing their own bands. Pieces performed include Love Yourself, Believer and Seven Nation Army. The concert finished with a performance of Mambo Groove, one of the pieces from last years 7Up project. 56 students took part in this performance, filling the stage.
The summer concert will take place on Thursday 27th June.
67 students from the Years 7-10 took part in a special singing workshop with Nav Arles and Miss Kvaerndrup. Both are excellent singing teachers and choir leaders and inspired our students with a very productive three hour workshop. Miss Kvaerndrup teaches singing at KHS and leads our school choir.
The students worked on two pieces which will be performed at the Winter Concert on Thursday 13th December.
The year 7’s have embarked on a really exciting project with James Redwood, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Brent Music Service that is taking place during the Summer term.
Students attended launch events on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th April which involved starting to learn the project song and body percussion and listening to an octet of musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
James Redwood returned to school with some of the musicians on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th April to lead workshops with 6 of the year 7 forms. The project has a theme of Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story. During the project students will learn and perform the project song Star crossed lovers, body percussion for the piece Mambo Time and each class will undertake a creative composition project. The classes will perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra musicians later on in the term.
The English National Opera (ENO) continued their relationship with Kingsbury High School by delivering a workshop about their upcoming production of ‘Jenufa’.
Students were taken out of their comfort zone with various performance techniques and exercises. They learnt the story of ‘Jenufa’ and the themes of love, betrayal and jealousy depicted in the opera.
The ENO are running a week long project during the summer holidays where students can be involved in putting on an Opera and many students have shown an interest in taking part which is fantastic.
On Friday 13th May Kingsbury High School students performed in front of members of the local community at the Opening Ceremony of the Willow Tree Doctors Surgery’s new site: 343 Stag Lane.
The students performed acoustically and were received warmly by visitors to the centre. Their pieces were followed by performances from staff and students at The Village School.
Dr. Meeta Dodhia, MD, CCFP, MRCGP said “We would like to thank the Kingsbury High School students for starting the opening ceremony of our new surgery. They performed marvellously and some members of the audience really got involved by clapping and swaying to the rhythm. The guitarist is very talented and the vocalist sang a very popular song. The Dhol player wowed the crowd and some guests started doing bhangra moves when he played.”
Thursday 3rd December saw over 70 students performing in the Music, Dance & Drama Performance Evening at Kingsbury High School. The evening consisted of a range of performances of an extremely high quality from individuals, pairs as well as larger ensembles.
Mr Fuller who was in attendance said “This was my first time coming to the Music, Dance & Drama Performance Evening and I’ll definitely be back next year! I was very impressed with what was a true variety show. The solo choreography was amazing and the group dances were polished and really exciting to watch. I enjoyed the guitar, brass and piano ensembles, and even the transition between acts was very professional and kept the pace of the evening moving nicely. Clearly a lot of time and effort had been put in by the students and their teachers”.
The launch of KHS Unplugged, a series of lunchtime concerts, took place on Tuesday 10th November in The Hub, a new venue within the Kingsbury High Lower school building. The initiative, organised by Mr Dominé, provides an opportunity for students to perform live, in a relaxed environment to an audience of staff and students.
Head of Music, Mr Dominé said “The school have now got this fantastic space which I thought would be perfect for informal music performances. I wanted to give our talented students more opportunities to perform, to share their talents and to inspire others to get involved. There was a real excitement to hear some of our most talented musicians and there is already a sense of anticipation for the next event in 2 weeks time.”
The first KHS Unplugged event featured music from Ziena Idani, Laveen Chandnani & Gautam Dahale and was very well received by both students and staff.
KHS Unplugged will take place every week B Tuesday in The Hub. Students and staff are welcome to attend and anyone wanting to perform should contact Mr Dominé.
On Friday 15th May Year 7 and 9 Dance and Music ambassadors from Kingsbury High lead 60 students from Oliver Goldsmith Primary School in the Big Dance Pledge. The Big Dance Pledge happens all over the world to get everyone involved in dance and exercise. The Kingsbury High ambassadors did an excellent job in learning and then teaching the primary school students dance routines and musicality. To end the day, students performed the choreography in front of 80 Year 9 students.