Beachborough Voces8 workshop

Rugby Prep School Voces8 Music Day

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On Friday 16th January 25 pupils from Form I to Form VI set out for Rugby School, accompanied by Joanne Gavriel and myself. This was my first musical trip with the children from Beachborough and it was a huge success in many ways. The day was organised by the music staff at Rugby School and was led by the famous vocal group “Voces8”, who are in residence at Rugby this term. Voces8 is now established as one of the most versatile and best-loved singing groups in the world. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. To quote from Gramophone “The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.”  We were very fortunate to experience working with this group.The day started with drinks & biscuits (of course) in the beautiful setting of “The Temple Speech Room” at Rugby School, where we were joined by children from four other prep schools. This was followed by an exciting and fun warm up session where we learnt to sing our own version of Pharrell Williams “Happy”, complete with vocal percussion sounds (the children enjoyed that bit!) We then split up into two groups to learn and rehearse two songs in preparation for a short concert at the end of the day. We were paired with children from Bilton Grange prep school and were led by four members of Voces8 (one member being a very cool guy called Oli – the younger children thought he was “Oli Murs”). We created our own song called “Big City Lights” which we sang in 6 parts, layering rhythm and vocal sections on top of each other. One of the rhythm sections was created by Toby Bursnall (Form II) – fame at last! The second song was a beautiful South African lullaby entitled “Thula Mama”. After lunch we were treated to a short concert given by Rugby School house choirs and music scholars who were simply amazing and really inspired our children.The day culminated with a short concert for parents, performing songs rehearsed during the day. Thank you to all the Beachborough parents who battled through Friday afternoon traffic to support us. After hot dogs and drinks, tired but fulfilled, we made our way home.On a personal note, I would like to add that the children behaved impeccably throughout the day and made my first trip very enjoyable – well done everyone. Report by Judith Dunkley

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