Music and Media Trip to London

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On Saturday, Br. James and Mrs. Hyde took a group of 9 pupils from years 11 to 9, (made up of mainly GCSE Music students) to London for a day of music and media-related activities.

The first part of the day was spent at the O2 Arena (Millennium Dome) where the pupils visited the British Music Experience interactive exhibition which charts the history of popular music in this country from the early 20th century to the present day. The pupils were able to record themselves playing along  to famous examples from the history of British pop music on guitar, bass guitar, piano or drums, as well as singing and dancing.

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After this, they visited other areas of the dome, especially two that were run by Sony and Sky. In the former they were able to try out an augmented reality video game, a karaoke booth, 3D video games and other assorted gadgets. In the latter, they tried their hand at news reading, their performances being recorded and made available online, as well as having their photos superimposed onto images that made them look as if they were sitting next to Sky presenters and celebrities. Lots of fun was had by all, pupils and staff alike.

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In the evening the group attended a marvellous orchestral concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. The first half contained Ravel’s “Mother Goose” Suite and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1. These were followed after an interval by an truly exhilarating performance of Stravinsky’s landmark 1913 ballet score, “The Rite Of Spring”. On their way to the Royal Festival Hall they took the new Emirates “Air Line” cable car ride across the Thames, giving them spectacular views of the Millennium Dome, Canary Wharf and London Docks

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After a long, action-packed day the group took the train back to Southampton, arriving just before 11.30pm.