Inspired by ‘Sing Up’, the national campaign to spread musical communities throughout the County’s schools, we chose singing as the focus for our annual celebration day. As the first specialist music college in the country we are always seeking to be aware of the bigger picture in terms of wider initiatives.
Thursday 6 March 2008 was Celebration Day at NSG. The day celebrated our fourth year as a Specialist Music College. Each year we invite a special guest artist for the day. This year, as our focus was on the voice, we invited ENVY, a three-piece aspiring pop trio, to be our guests. In previous years we have been fortunate to be have been joined by Joanna MacGregor in 2007, Alison Balsom in 2006 and Dame Evelyn Glennie at our launch in 2005. During the day, three concerts gave all of our students the opportunity to hear a wide variety of school and community ensembles, soloists and choirs and each concert ended with a performance from ENVY.
The evening concert in our theatre, with an audience of over 650, included performances from Madrigalis, our showcase choir which performed recently after Howard Goodalls’ speech at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust National Music Conference; our busy Big Band; our National Wind Band Festival Gold Award winning Concert Band led by the Head of Music Service; our thriving String Group; a Sixth Form duet called the ‘Adventures of Molly’ and our 80 strong Gospel Choir. During the day students had been invited to join workshops and the culmination of the Chinese Dance and Drumming worksh op was two inspired performances, celebrating music from different cultures. Our own ‘Signature’ dance company choreographed a complex dance against a medley of styles, genres of music.
There were also two performances of original works from a 200 strong choir made up of NSG students, staff and ‘Sing Up ‘ choirs from Corby’s Studfall Primary School and Brackley Church of England Primary School as well as
Corby Community Choir adult choir. The massed choir premièred two original compositions, ‘Smile’ by Paul Parker, our Music College Director, and ‘One Human Race’ by David Tobin, our Composer in Residence and ‘Sing Up’ tutor. Children from Greenfields School and Sports College Signing Choir joined us in the performance of ‘Smile’ as well as performing their own piece ‘Easter Jubilation’.
Three words drive our specialism on this day; inclusion, excellence and community.