DRET students get creative for BBC Music Day

Students from across the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) took part in a number of musical activities to mark one of the biggest UK-wide music events.

To celebrate BBC Music Day, many of our primary and secondary academies took part in the BBC Ten Pieces programme, where groups of students were assigned their own classical composer to study.

In response to their chosen subject, the students were encouraged to devise their own interpretations of famous compositions, through a choice of musical performances, art, dance, poetry or drama.

Pupils at Bringhurst Primary School produced a range of responses inspired by Beethoven’s Symphony No 5. The pupils drew pictures, learnt to play sections of the music using different instruments and created lyrics inspired by the piece’s historical context. At Rockingham Primary School, inspired pupils choreographed an incredible dance based on Greig’s In the Hall of the Mountain King.  

Meanwhile, a number of academies across the Trust devoted the whole day to music activities, workshops and performances. A lunchtime flash mob was held at Malcolm Arnold Academy, where students dressed as their favourite musicians and performed a number of disco routines. Students at Havelock Academy also joined in with the fun, as the whole school came together to perform their academy song.

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music, said: “We value music very highly across the Trust as it is an integral part of our vision to transform young peoples’ lives.

“Getting involved with BBC Music Day each year is a fantastic way for our students to celebrate music and share the experience with others.

“It has been wonderful to see our learners getting into the spirit of the day and using their creative ideas through a variety of responses.”