We’ve been rehearsing some new music over the past few months – here’s a sneak preview of our Yorkshire medley!
The final book I wrote for the Rhinegold A Level Music Technology series is now available.
More information on the links below; now available from MusicRoom.
STUDENTS AT GREENHEAD COLLEGE RELEASE BRAND NEW CHRISTMAS CAROL TO RAISE MONEY FOR MAKE-A-WISH UK
Over the past year, students at Greenhead College in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire have been working on a charity Christmas single to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. ‘What Would Jesus Say’ was written by 17-year old music student Louis Enright and was performed by approximately 125 singers from Greenhead College and three primary schools; Mount Pleasant Primary School, Spring Grove Primary School and Reinwood Junior School.
Louis’s carol was the winner of Greenhead College’s #CarolForYorkshire competition which ran in Summer 2018 and was supported by local music hub Musica Kirklees. Students from schools across the district were invited to compose their own charity Christmas carol, and the entries were judged by Thom Meredith, Principal of Musica Kirklees.
The project is in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation; a children’s charity who make the wishes of seriously ill children become reality. In the first two days, the carol received over 4000 views on YouTube, and has already been streamed hundreds of times across Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon Music.
The recording of the carol took place at Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield on 21st November and the official launch was held in college on Monday 3rd December. As well as raising money for this incredible fund, the aim of this festive endeavour is to bring together children of all backgrounds and experiences using music and the Christmas spirit.
Louis states he decided to enter because ‘[he likes] composing and it would [gave him] something to do in the 11-week long summer break.’ He added that he ‘was very excited to hear that I won the contest and was excited when [he] first heard the finished result.’
Simon Jacobs, Head of the Music Department at Greenhead College commented:
We are really excited about the Carol project and it is fantastic to have three local primary schools working alongside us. It was wonderful to see our sixth form students performing with younger students on a large scale project such as this one. The carol written by Greenhead student Louis Enright is a really challenging piece with some magical harmony, and it is great to have seen the project come together, with students making such an extensive contribution to its success.
The carol is available to stream and purchase on Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music and Spotify. You can donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation on the Greenhead College JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/carolforyorkshire. We have been tweeting about the carol using #CarolForYorkshire.
You can also donate using the text code GCOL55 followed by an amount e.g. £5 (so GCOL55 £5) to 70070.
Greenhead College’s Music Department has recently been awarded a Music Mark in recognition of their ‘commitment to providing high quality music education for all children and young people’.
The department, consisting of three passionate musicians; Simon Jacobs (Head of Department), James Reevell and Brian Talbot, received their certificate following a nomination for the award by Musica Kirklees, a Music School based in Huddersfield who have had the Greenhead College Music Department on their list of ‘Outstanding Providers’ for over 5 years.
With the significant decline of music in schools and colleges nationally, Simon, James and Brian are more passionate than ever to keep music education alive. They go above and beyond to provide first class musical education, plus a whole host of enriching musical opportunities to Greenhead College students and beyond.
A recent addition to the Music Curriculum at Greenhead College is a BTEC in Music Performance. This course will commence in September 2019 alongside the existing music courses; A Level Music and A Level Music Technology, catering for an even wider variety of musical interests.
The enrichment opportunities the music department run include; College Choir, Chamber Choir, Subvert Your Ears, Big Band, Wind Band, String Ensemble, Brass Group, Grade 5 Theory, Advanced Theory and Record Label.
Their ensembles regularly have national success, performing in the National Festival and the Mrs Sunderland Festival plus at many other local concerts and events.
Students at Greenhead College have excellent things to say about the department including:
“The Greenhead music staff and facilities are top notch – there is a great relationship between students and staff that is really encouraging and productive. The opportunity to play or sing in the numerous ensembles and perform in the college concerts is also a great addition!”
“Studying Music at Greenhead was a great decision. I learnt an incredible amount in both Music and Music Technology. There is a fantastic dynamic between staff and students which facilitates everyone becoming their best musical selves. The rich extracurricular aspect of the department also means that anyone with a love for making music can get involved and perform in numerous concerts.”
Over the past few months, we’ve been working on our Carol For Yorkshire; an exciting new competition that was run by Greenhead College in collaboration with Musica Kirklees, which saw students from schools across the district compose their own Charity Christmas Carol.
The winner was to be released in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation; a children’s charity who make the wishes of seriously ill children become reality.
The winning carol, by Louis Enright was performed by approximately 125 singers from the Greenhead College Choir and three Huddersfield based primary schools; Mount Pleasant Primary School, Spring Grove Junior School and Reinwood Junior School, and will also feature in the Greenhead College annual Christmas Carol Service.
The carol will be released on Monday 3rd December 2018, and will be available as a YouTube video and stream/download on all online music services. Visit http://www.carolforyorkshire.com to find out more; please support us by donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
We had a great time at Marsden Jazz on Saturday! We played at the Coach House Healing & Wellbeing Centre (http://www.coachhousehealing.co.uk/) and really enjoyed ourselves. A quick video is here, and recordings are coming soon on our SoundCloud. Get in touch or head over to http://www.flatcapbrass.band to find out more!
We had a great time a couple of weeks ago at The Nook in Holmfirth. We’re playing again this week on Sunday 30th for Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival in the Towngate area around 3pm. Have a look at our video below!
Now published – AS/A Level Music Technology Listening Tests. Useful for students preparing for their A Level Music Technology.
We’re getting excited about our gig at The Nook in Holmfirth on Thursday.
Head to our YouTube for a sneak preview – this arrangement is one of James’s…