Music Composition Project Finale
Last night Churchill Academy hosted the "Composition Performance Evening" in which students from Churchill Academy and Worle School were joined by parents, teachers, members of Churchill Music and the public to hear their own music compositions performed live by the Asana string quartet.
The composition project began back in early October when the Asana string quartet were joined by professional composer Sadie Harrison in a day long workshop at Churchill Academy covering a variety of music composition skills. At the end of the day the students were commissioned to write a composition for the quartet using "Dance" as their theme. The Churchill and Worle students rose to the challenge superbly having spent the last two months composing waltzes and tangos alongside folk & contemporary style dances. In fact the resulting compositions played last night were of such a high standard that Sadie Harrison compared them very favourably to other students work she has heard and seen whilst travelling the region in her role as teacher for the South West Music School. The Asana players commented that they felt they were some of the best compositions yet in a project that has been running for over 10 years.
As ever our grateful thanks go to Churchill Music whose practical and financial help and support make this project possible. Without them this project would not be happening. Thanks must also go to Sadie Harrison for inspiring our students to such heights of achievement and to the Asana quartet who played so brilliantly last night (they never cease to amaze me!). Thanks also to Emma Burlinson (Head of Music at Worle) for bringing her students and support staff and making the evening the success it was. Indeed this was a great evening with many proud parents eager to take a photo of their young composers standing around the professional musicians at the end of the evening - a memory to cherish!
Erratum: Will Smith also composed "Will's Wonder Piece" which was performed on the evening.