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Xmas Concert 2016


Tuesday 29th November sees the return of our annual Xmas concert. This year is a special concert because we will be celebrating the support and commitment of our Chair of Governors, Max Corney, as he steps down after 28 years in the role.

Tickets are available now from Student Services priced £5 and £3. They normally sell out, so get yours now!

The concert will start at 7pm in the Main Hall and feature all of the Academy ensembles, including our new year 7 choir and jazz band, the AS Music class and other A level soloists.

RSA Performing Arts Newsletter

RSA Newsletter


It’s been a crazy, hectic and frighteningly busy few weeks back! But fear not though, we have managed to thrash together another Performing Arts newsletter reflecting on the “goings on” in the faculty during the last summer term.

Massive congratulations to all of our examination students who have achieved some of our best ever results and keeping us firmly at the top of the county in terms of results overall. Well done everybody involved….. together we are keeping creativity alive and kicking.

Please download the latest copy here sep-2016-rsa-perf-arts-newsletter

We’ve had to keep the issue shorter this time (8 pages) due to a short fall in sponsorship. A massive “thank you” goes to the Market Harborough and Bowdens Charity who are supporting us this year as we search for a more permanent sponsor for the newsletter.

A huge “thank you” too to former student Ava Forbes who has given us hours of her time in compiling this edition.


Soul Patrol to Headline at 2016 School Games National Finals

Following submission of an audition DVD of three original songs written by Year 13 students Taylor Burton, Jake Cartwright and Georgia Whittle, Soul Patrol have been selected by the YST (Youth Sports Trust) Factor to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 School Games National Finals.  This will take place on Sunday 4 September at 3.45 pm at Loughborough University in front of 2,500 spectators. On the panel of judges were Youth Sport Trust ambassador and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, Bounce from Flawless and Lizzie Gough from Alesha Dixon’s Street Stars.


The School Games National Finals brings together 1,600 of the UK’s best young athletes for four days of sporting competition. Many Olympians and Paralympians hoping to head to Rio this year have competed in previous School Games including Dina Asher-Smith, Jonnie Peacock, Adam Peaty, Ellie Simmonds and Hannah Cockroft. The School Games National Finals are supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, the Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association.


Youth Sport Trust Director of External Relations, Phil Chamberlain, said: “The School Games National Finals is a huge event that gives a true taste of high-level multi-sport competition to the UK’s best school-aged competitors. It has the feel of a mini-Olympic and Paralympic Games and as such the YST Factor offers an excellent opportunity for young talented performance artists to realise their dreams in front of a large audience.”


Many congratulations to all members of Soul Patrol on being selected to headline at this event!

Spring concert programme

On Wednesday 23rd March, the penultimate day before the Easter holidays, we staged our annual Spring Concert to a packed hall. The concert featured A level Music soloists as well all the academy ensembles: String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Year 10-12 Flute Ensemble, Year 13 Flute Quartet, Saxophone Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Versatile Voices Choir, Folk Group, Big Band, Jazz Band and Soul Patrol. In addition year 13 violinist Emily Newlyn gave a mesmerizing performance from memory of Josef Suk’s ‘Appassionato’ from ‘Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Opus 17’.  Our other 6th form soloists of the evening was year 12 vocalist Ellie Boxall who performed a cover of Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’ very convincingly accompanied by rhythm section and strings in an arrangement by AS Music student Madeleine Oakland.

In the second half the Versatile Voices Choir put on a memorable performance of the traditional spiritual ‘Steel Away’, arranged by Mark De-Lisser, featuring year 11 GCSE Music students Amirah Bobat, Lola Pap and Bronwen Herman as soloists. At the end of the second half Soul Patrol showcased three of their new original songs written for the Music for Youth Festival recently.

Leavers concert tickets

Leavers concert 2016

Our last concert of the year is fast approaching and it promises to be a cracker!

The Leavers Concert features only year 13 musicians and is always filled with very high quality performances. This year features Emily Newlyn playing the 1st movement of Mozarts’ 3rd Violin concerto with a chamber orchestra.

The concert is on Friday 20th May in the Max and starts at 7pm. Tickets are available from students services priced at £5 for adults and £3 for under 19s.

Adjudicator comments for Soul Patrol from MFY

Adjudication BB NCBF-2016

Song no. 1: The Funk

What a great start! Instantly infectious groove with a really deep ‘pocket’. Extremely tight horn section (Tower of Power), a great BVs [backing vocals] section and some wonderful front-man vocals and James Brown style dance moves! Lots of space in the breakdown section too which was lovely to hear.


Song no.2: Naïve

Lovely 6/8 ballad with some very accomplished vocal melody and BVs as well as excellent close harmonies from the 5-piece horn section – nice choreography too!  Really like the phrasing with the drums – very tight ending.


Song no.3: Rhythm & Music

Another great groove – REALLY FUNKY! Killer bassline, guitar comping, keys as well as energetic drums + percussion. So much energy on stage. You look great as a band and make the whole stage your own.  Love the tightness of the horn section and the BVs, as well as the interchangeable front person (all 3 of you are very engaging).


Suggestions for development:

Fantastic to see such a polished performance of 3 great originals. A really well conceived programme too –  two groove tunes and one 6/8 ballad in the middle.

Keep listening to the greats to further inspire your creative writing, but make sure to fuse it with your own ideas as you’re clearly already doing (I’d love to hear some solos too in a longer gig!).

Soul Patrol @ Music for Youth Regional

Certificate BB NCBF - 2016

On Sunday, 6th March Soul Patrol took part in the Music for Youth Regional Rock, Pop and Urban Festival at the Mac in Birmingham.


Music for Youth is the largest music festival in the UK. Over 60 regional festivals are held throughout the country during February and March each year featuring about 1600 groups and over 20,000 young people from primary school age up to the age of 21. Both instrumental and vocal ensembles of all sizes and musical styles can enter the festival. There are no ‘winners’ but each group receives written and oral feedback on the day from two music mentors who are themselves professional musicians. Although it is not a competition as such, there is the chance to progress from the regional festival through to the next stage. From the 1600 groups that have performed in the regional festivals across the country about 330 will be chosen for the National Festival in July and from there about 30 groups will be chosen for the Schools’ Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November.


Members of Soul Patrol had written new original songs especially for this festival.  Pianist Taylor Burton had written two contrasting songs, ‘The Funk’ (with lyrics by singer Ellis Barthorpe) and ‘Naïve’, whilst guitarist Jake Cartwright had composed a third original ‘Rhythm & Music’ with lyrics by singer Georgia Whittle. The band received superb feedback from the adjudicators who were very impressed with the quality of the song writing as well as the performance itself.  We will now have to wait until the end of May to find out whether the band will progress to the national festival in Birmingham in July.


Soul Patrol will be performing these three new original songs in the academy’s Spring Concert on Wednesday 23rd March so please come along to hear the real premiere of them then. Videos of the Music for Youth performance will appear here after the Spring Concert.