Music performance opportunities are an important part of music education and often provide the inspiration for young people to persevere with learning an instrument.
This article is a great example of a young person’s musical journey in a Manchester primary school, authored by Tim Horrocks, a freelance journalist working for several music magazines and BBC 6 Music. Tim recently joined One Education Music as a guitar tutor.
He may only be in year six, but St Ambrose pupil Elie has racked up an impressive musical CV, flying through his grade one and two guitar exams and performing at one of Manchester’s most prestigious venues and centres of expertise, the Royal Northern College of Music.
Initially something of a music skeptic, it took some gentle persuasion from his teacher, Mr Sanderson, to get Elie to pick up the guitar for the first time: “I used to say I hated music but once I started playing guitar I realised its beauty”. He’s been hooked on guitar ever since and keeps to a rigorous practising schedule of “roughly an hour a night…maybe two”.
Starting out by learning the theme from Titanic, Elie now has an extensive repertoire of songs and, when asked to pick a favourite, delivers a brilliant rendition of ‘Hey Jude’ by his favourite group, The Beatles. Giving new life to the song with his instinctive guitar playing and singing, it’s clear that Elie’s early musical misgivings have been completely reversed.
Working towards their second performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Elie and his after-school band are currently working on ‘Human’ by Rag N Bone Man and, as a concession to the more senior audience members, ‘Insomnia’ by Faithless and ‘Live Forever’ by Oasis.
Taking encouragement from his early achievements, Elie is eager to start at Barlow High School in September where he intends to start writing original material as the frontman of his own band. Although still finalising his intended musical direction, he assures me of his influences, “definitely not like One Direction….or the Beatles because they broke up!”
It’s early days yet but, with so much talent and determination, the future looks bright for Elie’s music. His mum might want him to be a pilot - Elie also enjoys maths and science - but either way, it’s clear that playing guitar has sent his ambition sky high!
One Education Music is proud to showcase a wide range of musical and vocal events for young people, schools and families. This includes performances at prestigious venues such as the Royal Northern College of Music, the Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Cathedral.
As the lead delivery partner for Manchester Youth Music Education Hub (MyHub), One Education Music is commissioned to develop and lead several large-scale performance events.
If you are interested in attending any music events or would like to discuss a bespoke school or cluster Showcase, please contact Lindsay Thomas on 0844 967 1111.