It's been a busy few weeks!! Now everyone has met and worked with Pete and you are sounding pretty awesome! We've only one more of Pete's songs to learn plus Proud and Ain't No Mountain. Then we can use our remaining rehearsal time to get everthing perfect. You can hear the Merton Young Voices rehearsing with Adam - have a listen and see what you think needs improving - it's always the second part or verse that we have to work at remembering and singing more confidently.
Gary will be our narrator. His parents are from Monserrat and Jamaica and Gary moved from Monserrat to England when he was a child. His work as a musician has taken him all round the world, singing on cruise ships and he has also sung in many West End musicials, including The Lion King. You will be able to meet and talk to him in April, when he and Guillermo join us for the final rehearsal. We will have Dick, a cameraman, filming that day ( 21 April) - can you think of some interesting questions you might like to ask Gary, Guillermo, Pete or any of our guest musicians, like Brenden, our Ullieann piper?
Monday, 28 January 2013
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Despite the awful weather, I've continued my epic journey around Merton, with visits to groups at host schools Garfield, Singlegate, Malmesbury, Bond, Stanford, Joseph Hood, Beecholme and Poplar. Some of you now know '8,4,2,1', a great exercise to help keep the pulse steady throughout a performance, especially when the dynamic is loud. Once you get really good at holding the pulse, try it in canon, 8,4 and 2 beats apart. Below Singlegate, Merton Abbey and Dundonald 'hold it for the camera'!
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
This morning I began the next round of Journey workshops, with pupils from Garfield, The Priory and Holy Trinity. We added a lower harmony to 'Turn Me Around', revised 'On and On' and began 'Where To Now'. We also worked on the pulse exercise '8,4,2,1' to help keep the tempo steady. The children came up with many supportive words to help me on my journey including courage, strength and determination and we laid out our path of footprints, to guide us on our way.I chose some very special things to take on my journey - what might you choose, if you only had a few minutes to think and pack? For our performance, a wonderful musician, Guillermo Rozenthuler, will play the role of 'The Traveller'. Guillermo was born in Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina, and moved to London in 2000. He is passionate about music and puts his heart and soul into everything he does.
Monday, 14 January 2013
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Merton Music Foundation
Merton Music Foundation