Showcase of musical talent
GCSE Music students recently organised an "Open mic" evening at Braunton's Saunton Road Studios to showcase musical talent in the school while raising valuable funds for the department to spend on some new equipment. With recent education funding cuts the Music Dept is under increasing pressure to maintain the technical equipment needed for students to be able to study music at GCSE level. This includes computer software which enables students to compose and score their own original music, recording equipment and PA as well as a wide range of instruments. Wear and tear and breakages, which are inevitable when hundreds of students pass through the department every day, mean the Music Department can struggle to provide the best possible resources for our pupils.
Twice yearly concerts, along with revenue from providing refreshments during the interval, go some way to topping up our dwindling budget. The Open Mic evening raised £200 through a door charge and raffle, and approximately 25 students gained valuable performing experience in an authentic venue. Miss Cassells, Head of Music, said, "I'm a very proud music teacher tonight. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and perform, especially outside the school environment, and some of our musicians were only eleven years old. Thank you to the owners of Saunton Road Studios and to our Year 11s who have done most of the organisation for what has been a very enjoyable and worthwhile event. We hope to continue this fund-raising initiative into the New Year."
The Christmas Concert will take place at school in the Isaac Hall on Tuesday 19th December.
Pictured are year 7 musicians Will McPherson and Toby Greenbank.