Young Pioneers - Music
The Music department hosted another successful Young Pioneers day at the end of November with learners from Emrys ap Iwan plus Ysgol St Elfod, Ysgol Maes Owen, Ysgol Y Castell and Ysgol Y Faenol.
After the vocal warm up with Ms Kestell, the learners were given their challenges which they had to 'dare to achieve'. Challenge 1 and 2 were to learn and record two pieces in an hour each 'The White Winter Hymnal' by Pentatonix with Ms Kestell directing and Enya's 'Journey of the Angels' directed by Mr Williams.
The 3rd challenge was the 'Mannequin challenge' at the end of one of the recordings which all the learners and staff involved achieved.
The recording of both pieces can be found on Soundcloud:
The Music department recently held another successful Young Pioneers Day, with musicians from Ysgol Sant Elfod, Ysgol Saint George, Ysgol Y Castell and Ysgol Maes Owen. Over 60 learners attended and joined forces with the Emrys Vocal ensemble. The massed choir were given a challenge of learning two new songs and recording them in under 4 hours.
Year 10 GCSE Music student Chloe Wain and Celyn Roberts said:
“We thought the young pioneer’s day was a good experience as we were able to share and improve our skills with younger children. With our encouragement, the primary school children were able to become more confident in showing off their singing abilities. We also enjoyed singing two part harmonies and working in smaller groups. Each small group then had the opportunity to take solo section.
We thought it was an almost impossible challenge to complete the group recordings for ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ by Band Aid in the time allowed. It was hard to get everyone to learn the words, timings and stay in the right pitch throughout the full song but after a few pre-recorded practices the whole group were able to sing the song successfully.
The second song ‘Wherever You Are’ by the Military Wives was much easier to perform and we did all of this song in under an hour! This didn’t include any harmonies and it was much easier to stay in pitch. We would like to be further involved with one of these events next time, possibly to help run the day. We are really proud of the recordings too!”
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" "Wherever You Are"