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posted 10 Oct 2014, 04:21 by H Slim   [ updated 10 Oct 2014, 04:22 ]

Chetham’s Music School visit 

Music students in year 10 are studying the new BTEC first award in music which focuses on the musical skills students need to secure work in the music business, but also looks at the job opportunities and training routes available. 

As part of their studies a group of students from Chetham’s music school in Manchester, along with their musical director, Stephen Threlfall, came to perform and discuss the techniques used in their pieces. As CCA students are currently working on their performance module it was a valuable experience to learn how the students practise, and the importance of learning scales and technical exercises. 

The Chethams students performed on violin, cello, trombone, clarinet and tuba. The standard of performance was amazing and proved a real inspiration to CCA students. The performers demonstrated some breath-taking techniques and one of the favourites was the tuba player who sang as he played to create a beatbox effect. 

As part of the workshop Stephen Threlfall explained the training routes his students took, whether it be purely performance at a conservatoire, or combining music with another study at university. Although most of Chetham’s students aspire to perform in orchestras or as a soloist he said that some moved into Arts administration roles such as organising concerts or festivals. 

At the end of the session CCA students chatted with the Chetham’s students and the Lithuanian clarinettist sat down at the piano to jam a pop song with our students. 

Year 10 were an excellent and enthusiastic audience and were great ambassadors for the academy in the mature behaviour they displayed and the sensible questions they were asking. I could see on their faces they were inspired by the talents of the Chetham’s guests and I hope it will spur them on to practice even harder! 


Mr Lawrence Music