The theme tunes to Star Wars, Back to the Future, Batman and Marvel blasted from the Centenary Hall at the beginning of the Lent Term when pupils welcomed KORG, a Japanese organisation that specialises in synthesizers for the music and film industry, into school to run a workshop for pupils.
The morning started with the KORG team, Luke Edwards, Adam Whittle and Andy Pullen demonstrating the impressive capabilities of some of their keyboards. During assembly they recreated cinematic soundtracks from well-known films whilst movie clips rolled behind them on the large screen. Pupils then divided into forms to participate in a fascinating workshop. The KORG team showed the children all the different effects and sounds the synthesizers could create, from the various instruments in the orchestra to recording and sampling; essentially a recording studio in a keyboard! Pupils were then asked to create their own composition, which demonstrator Luke took away to edit. Pupils’ creations will be returned to them as an MP3 file in a few weeks’ time.
KORG supply synthesizers to individuals and organisations around the world, including The Voice, X Factor and leading radio stations. Luke has demonstrated their keyboards to Gary Barlow, Queen, Michael Jackson and a host of other musical celebrities.
Pupil, Ayomide said, “I am not a very confident musician and never thought I would be able to compose anything from scratch. The synthesizers helped me create a piece of music I am really proud of. I based my piece on one of my favourite films, I cannot wait to hear the edited version.”
Adam from KORG went on to explain, “The children were really engaged, they listened well and made some great music. There are definitely some talented score writers amongst them.”
The following day parents were also invited to try their hand at music making.