This term a group of our pupils has been working on the ’Music Riot’ project. Meeting once a week after school with University of Ulster students and BBC broadcaster Linley Hamilton, the team worked together to write, produce and record original songs. This has proved a huge success for all involved and has provided excellent experience with a view to preparing them for further study and careers in the creative sector.
Having already produced 3 tracks, the pupils from Year 9, 10 and 11, are currently working together on a fourth. All of this hard work will culminate in a live performance in a combined concert with pupils from Oakgrove Integrated and Strabane academy in the Millennium Forum in May.
You can listen to the group’s finished tracks via this link :
Meet the ‘MUSIC RIOT’ team!
Sarah sings harmony on ‘The High.’ She says, “I never realised how complicated it would be to fit everything together to make a song but it has also been enjoyable. I couldn’t believe it when I heard the final version and feel really proud of the way we have worked together.”
Lucy’s high-light was getting to professionally record the tracks. Another high point was when the group heard the final recorded version of ‘The High’ for the first time.
Lara “Music Riot was great in showing us how to put combinations of notes together properly. I’m really looking forward to performing our songs together in May.”
Chloe “Music Riot has been a lot of fun. The best thing about it was learning the principles of song-writing from professionals. The process was actually a lot easier than I had been expecting. My favourite track that we have produced so far would have to be ‘The High.’
Ellie “Aside from being fun, Music Riot has also really helped me with the composition element of GCSE Music. My strength is playing keyboards but it has been interesting to see everyone working together on the one track.”
Harry “Since joining Music Riot I have listened to songs differently; I now notice the lyrics and instruments so much more than I used to. This experience has given me the confidence to try writing my own songs but above everything else it has been a lot of fun.”
Lois “I have loved seeing how all of the pieces fit together to create the one final product. I have been playing the violin since the age of 8 but Music Riot has given us a great sense of satisfaction at accomplishing something original from scratch.
Andrew & Glen “Music Riot has opened up new opportunities which we would never have had the chance to experience otherwise. We have really enjoyed getting to know people from other year groups who are as interested in music as we are.” Andrew adds, “Without doubt, the highlight for me was getting to work with Simon McBride, who is endorsed by PRS. It inspired me to go further with playing my guitar in the future and to make music my career.”
Amy plays the ukulele and is self-taught. She has really enjoyed having more formal instruction and is excited about getting the chance to perform to a live audience in May.
Jonathan says “Music Riot” has given him the chance to meet new people and to learn more about music. It has been very rewarding to hear the final versions of the tracks the group has put together.