Oscar Night for Music Students

Music students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull drew inspiration from professional musicians last week when they visited Symphony Hall in Birmingham for “A Night at the Oscars” concert.

First year A level Music students embarked on the trip on a Friday evening to see Conductor Anthony Weedon, Vocalists Norman Bowman and Louise Dearman and the CBSO perform. Among the music featured were music from “The Wizard of Oz”, “Mary Poppins”, “Star Wars” and “The Lord of the Rings”.

Film music is one of the areas the students study as part of their A level, including work from “Psycho” composer Herrmann. Students must have a repertoire of related works to refer to in their appraising exams, so this concert was particularly useful to their future assessment.

Music teacher Chris Phelps commented:

“Just days before the 2019 Oscars, this concert was not only well timed, it was highly relevant to our students’ A level studies. With so many familiar pieces being performed, they all really enjoyed the performance, but it was especially great to see such brilliant performers as the CBSO. I hope it has inspired the students for their own assessed performances.”

Performing is responsible for 30% of the marks in their Music A level course. Composing comprises another 30% of the marks and the remaining 40% is taken up by appraising.

Music students will be performing in front of an audience of friends and family in April. The Easter Concert takes place on Wednesday 10 April at 7.00pm. Admissions is free and tickets are available in advance by contacting the College Marketing Office on 0121 704 2581 or by emailing the Marketing Office.

27 February 2019