On March 5th and 6th, two groups of year 8 students spent the day creating an electronic orchestra. Working with musicians Gaz Williams and Alex Rees (who worked with Y Pant before on Envirovision) the pupils learned to use various technical gadgets to create music.
The pupils had to work together to ensure their gadgets were all working harmoniously. At the end of the day, their tracks were recorded – and you can listen to them below!
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!
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!
Connor Mullins in year 11 runs his own fully-licensed internet radio station Radio Pop FM with input from Connor Pick and Lewys Thomas-Cummings in year 11, Louis Lyons in Year 9 and Scott Russell in year 8.
This week, Connor, Scott and Louis have recorded a podcast at school with the top 15, school and global news.
Talented musicians and current/former Y Pant students James Davies, Jack Langmead, Ashley Evans, Jack Isaac were always well known in school for entertaining us with their various bands and solo performances at events. Now they are set for even bigger success as they have signed a deal with London-based Right Recordings. They have recently recorded their debut album and will be embarking on a UK tour soon.
We are able to offer instrumental lessons in school on the following basis:
Pupils will receive one lesson per week in their instrument. Most teachers visit the school during normal school hours, and pupils will leave their scheduled lesson on a rotating basis. Some teachers (for example, our violin teacher) visit the school from 3pm so the lesson will take place between 3pm and 4pm.
Pupils will receive either:
one 30 minute lesson on their own (£156 per term)
one 30 minute lessons shared with another pupil (£78 per term)
New option: one 20 minute lesson on their own (£104 per term)
Pupils will be offered ten lessons per term.
The fees will be payable in advance, and must be received by the school before lessons can start. A school year consists of three terms, so this payment will entitle you to lessons from January until the end of March.
Please note that we cannot guarantee a shared lesson. If an odd number of pupils apply for shared lessons, or if another pupil of a similar standard is not available, we will unfortunately be unable to accommodate you. Under these circumstances, you can opt to upgrade to an individual lesson, or withdraw your interest. We do apologise for this, but hope you will understand that the school is not currently in a financial position to subsidise our instrumental provision at all.
Please could you now fill in the attached response form indicating whether you would like to proceed, and which lesson option you require, and return it, with the relevant payment, to Mrs Philippa Grant in the office. Should you have any questions, please contact either Mr Breeze at firstname.lastname@example.org (for musical questions) or Mrs Grant at email@example.com for queries related to payment or the administration of the provision.
After six months of planning, preparation, line learning, rehearsing, sleepless nights, costume fittings, design meetings, tantrums and tears ‘A Christmas Carol’ is almost ready to be unveiled. With less than a week until the curtain lifts on Tuesday night excitement amongst the cast and production team is starting to build.
If you have already bought your ticket then I hope you’re looking forward to it. If you’ve ordered a ticket and it needs collecting then please bring your money in by Tuesday. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet and you’re thinking of coming along then I have a few left in the Drama Studio or alternatively they can be booked from the Muni Arts Centre direct by calling 01443 485934.
It is hard to praise enough the efforts of all involved in the show but I for one am incredibly proud. The work of my colleagues in the Performing Arts department and the wider school as well as that of our students has been fantastic. Some of the performances are breathtaking and if you’re expecting ‘Peter Pan’ mark 2 then you are in for something of a surprise. The staging follows the austere nature of both the story and the current economic climate by creating Dicken’s world in what I hope is an imaginative and innovative way.
I would really appreciate a final few days of marketing, cajoling and word of mouth from our wonderful school community in order to ensure that this show helps to bring to a close what has been another fantastic year here at Y Pant.
On Tuesday 9th October the school were fortunate enough to have a visit from up and coming pop star Hatty Keane. Since her signing to BGM and Future Music in February 2011, Hatty Keane has been taking the Pop World by Storm!
Within the space of 12 months and at the tender age of 17, she has clocked up over 100 shows supporting the likes of Labrinth, Pixie Lott, Angel, Chipmunk, Ed Sheeran, Pitbull, Wretch 32, Lemar, Tinchy Stryder, Katie B, Olly Murs, and Wiley.
Over the course of the summer Hatty has been all over the UK as part of her “Earthshakes” tour, stopping at OsFest, Dagenham Town Festival, Manchester Pride, Sundown Festival and The White Nights Festival in Russia supporting Pitbull. To cap an exciting year on the 22nd October her debut single, ‘No One Loves You’, will be released.
Hatty arrived in school at lunchtime and started with a question and answer session with our BTEC Music students who asked all sorts of questions about what it is like to be signed to a record label and some of the practicalities of being a pop star. She then went over to the gym and treated year nine to a concert where she performed 7 songs, including her new single, and then did a signing session. The students really enjoyed the experience and the atmosphere in the gym was one of high excitement with hundreds of them leaving with a signed photograph as a reminder of the day when a pop star came to Y Pant.
One of the aims of the newly formed Performing Arts Department here at Y Pant is to demonstrate that a career in acting, singing or dancing is a viable option. We were incredibly grateful to Hatty for coming in and showing us where a combination of raw talent, dedication and hard work can take you.
Hatty may be making a return visit to the school later in the year. She set a competition on the day with the prize being an extra gig for the school who gives her the most likes on Facebook of a group photograph taken on the day. At the moment Y Pant are top of the charts, and we hope that in the next few weeks that is where Hatty finds herself as well!