Señora Fernandez, Señor Pelaez and Señorita O’Keefe accompanied 29 Y Pant pupils to Malaga. They left in the extreme early hours of Saturday morning and arrived in sunny Spain just in time for lunch. After exploring Malaga town centre, the group headed for the beach (for a well needed siesta) and some pollo/pescado. During the trip the group also visited Frigiliana, Nerja, Mijas and Puerto Banús. Delicious Spanish food was consumed (paella, chorizo, churros y chocolate, helado…) and Malaga street talk was learnt (¡Osú mi madre, qué calor!) After 4 action packed days the group returned home to (a not so sunny) Pontyclun all tired out, thank goodness the summer holidays are only around the corner!
There may be a popular belief that school winds down as we approach the summer holidays, but if that’s true, it seems that the performing arts department missed the memo! Pupils have been showing off their talents and doing the school proud in a packed schedule of concerts and other events both in school and in the wider community.
The Wales Millennium Centre was the venue for a lunchtime concert featuring a variety of music performed by pupils from Years 7-13. With many of our pupils unavailable due to exam commitments, we were thoroughly impressed with the determination shown by some new Year 7 performers who stepped up for their first solo performances on a big public stage. Well done! On a personal note, we also saw the last outing for the current incarnation of the Sixth Form Choir. Many thanks to all of you for your amazingly hard work this year – you did me proud and I’ll miss those of you going on to pastures new.
Audience members made a point of coming up and congratulating the musicians, and I was surprised to be shaken warmly by the hand by several visitors from different parts of the USA who were amazed at the standard of performance they had witnessed. We hope to return to the WMC early next year.
You can watch the performance, courtesy of the WMC’s The Centre Connected catchup facility, by going here.
We welcomed our feeder primary schools to our contribution to the National CânSing Day for a second year. Mr Thomas gave all involved a high-energy workout for their voices, which hopefully gave plenty of inspiration for all involved.
Lucie-Anne Davies and Lowri Morris gave solo performances of the highest standard at our prize giving ceremony. The repertoire covered 18th century opera and musical theatre and really added something to this annual celebration of success. It’s fair to say that the sports hall here at Y Pant is far from an easy venue for performers, and both singers approached the challenge with a high level of professionalism, making a tricky task look easy.
The Eisteddfod is a quintessentially Welsh event which celebrates artistic and literary endeavour across many disciplines, so it was no surprise to see musical talent strongly represented among the various competitions. The eisteddfod is a Year 7 and 8 event, so it is usually ‘one to watch’ for people looking out for the next generation of musical stars at Y Pant. We have discovered several of our best performers here, and the high standard in both solo and group competitions suggest that we can look forward to many more years of filling concert programmes, despite saying goodbye to some top-quality Year 11 and 13 musicians this summer.
As part of their BTEC music course, a group of Year 12 students organised a charity concert at Pontyclun Athletic Club in aid of Velindre hospital, giving a platform to a large number of our young musicians (and performing themselves, of course!), and entertaining an audience large enough to require last-minute extra seating in the hall. Ex-pupils The Broadcasts kindly gave their time to end the concert with a rousing hour-long set which showed why they have been snapped up by a record label and booked for gigs all over the country, and at the end of the night everyone was astonished to find well over £1000 in the kitty to donate to a very worthy cause. Many congratulations to all involved!
Many of our events are well-established parts of the school calendar, but this year saw a new addition: our first Transition Music Day. This brought together instrumentalists from our feeder primary schools, who met young musicians from Key Stage 3 at Y Pant. An intensive morning of rehearsals meant that new friends were made, and the 107 performers took to the stage after lunch to give a short concert to friends and family. We hope to see most if not all of the Year 6 pupils who attended continuing their instrumental lessons once they join us in September. Although leaving scheduled lessons once a week to have an instrumental lesson can mean having to catch up work, this is more than outweighed by the huge positive effect that learning an instrument (or singing) has been proven to have on young people’s physical and mental development. Please contact the school for further details of our instrumental/vocal provision. Our grateful thanks go to everyone at the RCT Music Service who helped make this event possible. Not only do they provide our instrumental/vocal tuition, but also organise a variety of choirs, orchestras and other groups outside of school, which are vitally important for the development of the next generation of young musicians. I cannot recommend them enough for anyone who is serious about becoming a musician.
Ex-pupil Rebecca James, now an up-and-coming singer in London, joined us to open the second Y Pant Summer Fete, and kicked off a packed programme of open-air performances. Seasoned musicians and new arrivals alike entertained the crowd all afternoon.
So, is it time for the music teachers to put the kettle on and take a well-earned rest? Not quite.
We have another Year 12-organised BTEC charity concert, this time in the main hall. Tickets available on the door, lots of excellent performers!
Our annual farewell assembly will, of course, feature some excellent musical contributions to send the school off with a smile.
Thanks to everyone for their support as always, and we look forward to another packed year in September. Have a great summer!
Ryan Cross in year 8 has been working hard over the last couple of weeks composing a song. After putting together the different tracks on GarageBand on the Mac, we were all impressed with the result. Have a listen below!
On Thursday 8th May 2014 some members of our year 12 drama class went to the New Theatre in Cardiff to watch a performance of ‘See How They Run’ performed by The Reduced Height Theatre Company. It is an essential part of studying drama that our young people are exposed to as much theatre as possible and we are very lucky to have so many theatres right on our doorstep. This certainly proved to be a unique theatrical experience, a play that will live long in the memory.
The play is a farce written by Philip King. Set in the 1940’s it features a cast of vicars, escaped prisoners, interfering neighbours and deserting soldiers. It was a hilarious evening and starred the marvellous Warwick Davies (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Life’s Too Short, An Idiot Abroad) in the lead role.
At the end of the show Warwick came and spoke to our students at the stage door, even agreeing to appear in a few selfies and sign a few autographs. He was a charming guy and it was a real pleasure to meet him.
On their website Warwick Davies sets out the core aim of the company as being that ‘Audiences who attend our productions will be treated to a unique and memorable theatrical experience that only ‘The Reduced Height Theatre Company’ can deliver’.
We can all testify that they achieved this aim and look forward to seeing what this exciting and very talented company does next!
Make sure your TV is tuned to the CBBC channel next Thursday 20th March at 4pm. Sarah Pugh in year 9, and her Glee Club group “Musicality” have got through to the Sport Relief Does Glee Club semi-final which will be broadcast LIVE from Glasgow!
The group are traveling up to Scotland next Tuesday and spend a day in the recording studio before the live semi-final on Thursday.
The fact they have got through to the semi-final means they are already one of the top 5 Glee groups in the UK. Their progress in the semi-final depends on the public vote, so get watching and make sure you cast your vote for “Musicality!
Year 9 students visited the University of South Wales in Trefforest this week to find out more about computing. They had a go at Python programming and Sketchpatch as well as being given a tour of the campus.
We are running a trip to the University of South Wales, Treforest for year 9 students interested in taking Computing next year. There are limited spaces so they will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. The day is being run by Technocamps. The programme is as follows:
Date: Tuesday 11th March Time: 8:30am to 3pm Cost: Free
- Introduction to Python programming
- Artificial Intelligence
- Sketchpatch – programming and art
- Campus tour
- Careers talk
Technocamps is funded by the European Union Convergence fund and is able to provide transport for us as well as the workshop. Students will need to provide their own lunch. They can either take a packed lunch or buy their own lunch in the university canteen – the maximum cost for this would be £5. Students in receipt of Free School Meals can take a free packed lunch from the school canteen provided we have enough notice.
If you are interested please come and pick up a letter from Miss Bunce in room 1. Your name will be added to the list once you have returned the signed form from your parents or guardians.
Year 10 BTEC music students will be performing their solo pieces on the 7th and 21st March. This is an important part of the course, and students will need to be well prepared. Practice is a major part of the homework requirement for a music performance course, after all!
The schedule is attached below. Any support from home to ensure that students turn up ready to go would be greatly appreciated!
Attached to this post is a copy of the timetable which has just been agreed for Year 11 music students to perform their ensembles and solos.
The performances will take place in lesson time, and it is important that everyone turns up well-prepared and ready to go.
Any questions, please get in touch!
This term, our Year 8 classes have been remixing a piece known as ‘The 70s Theme’, which was originally used to explore improvisation. Pupils used the GarageBand software on the iMacs to produce their own versions of the piece.
I thought it might be worth sharing a couple of good examples of these pieces, as we have recently spent some interesting lessons listening to one another’s work. Enjoy!
Well done to: Emily & Ieuan, and Lewis & Yasmin, all in 8X1.