More than thirty students from The Skinners’ Kent Academy, Tonbridge Grammar School and Meadows School gave a brilliant “pop-up” performance at St Pancras Station as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The performance marked one month to go to the start of the Olympic Games.
The piece of music was composed by the students in a series of workshops run by the London Chamber Orchestra as part of the orchestras’s educational programme Music Junction. It was inspired by the 12 minute javelin train journey which runs from St Pancras Station to Stratford Station. Students listened to rhythms and sounds from the train to compose their own music and lyrics to capture the excitement and occasion of the journey to the Olympic stadium. On the day the students’ piece was blended into music from two other LCO Music Junction projects to create one magical 10 minute composition.
Skinners’ Kent Academy student, Madeline Ashby, Yr 7 said: “I felt nervous and excited all at the same time. It’s been brilliant performing at St Pancras Station – there are not many people who can say they’ve done that!”
Ian Pressland, director of the LCO said: “It was very exciting to bring together all of LCO’s Music Junction education hubs at St Pancras. The event was part of the orchestra’s New Music 20x12 Cultural Olympiad award and allowed everyone to hear the children’s wonderful music followed immediately by LCO’s commission Track to Track ‘The Athlon’ by Graham Fitkin played by LCO and the Fitkin Band.”
There will be a final performance of the work at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The South Bank at 8pm on Sunday 15th July 2012.
Tue, July 10, 2012
by Talya Roberson