ARK Kings Choir Hits the Right Note at Ark Music Gala

Students from across the Ark network singing in a group choir at Ark Music Gala 2015 at the Barbican arts centre

Last Tuesday, students from ARK Kings Academy’s choir travelled to London tp perform alongside over 750 students from across the Ark network at the world-renowned Barbican arts centre for Ark’s seventh Annual Music Gala.

The event included a single massed choir of 400 voices, as well as a rich variety of repertoire including music from the Tudor era, a Russian folk song and contemporary pop hits like Ella Henderson’s ‘Ghost’.

The students, many of whom had only joined the choir in recent months, had been practicing hard to be ready for the big performing. Every week students met after school and received specialist tuition from Mr Bucknor, ARK Kings Academy singing teacher. All this practice meant that when the big day came, our students shone, even if they did feel a little nervous.

Samantha in Year 8 said: “I really liked the concert because there were so many performers and people watching us. Singing really helps me relax. Ihope Music is part of my future. I want to be a News reporter but I think I could keep singing as a hobby.”

Logan in Year 7 said: “My Mum and Dad were really impressed when they heard that I was performing at the Barbican.My favourite song was ‘pastime with good company’ by King Henry VIII. I definitely want to carry on in the choir and I hope our school can perform its own piece at the gala next year.”

Music is a core part of life at ARK Kings Academy, with the Ark Music Gala acting as the programme’s annual high-point. As well as the school choir, every student takes part in our innovative ‘Band Musicianship’, where they get to learn a variety of rock instruments and develop performance skills by playing together in small groups.

Paul Bull, Head of Music at ARK Kings Academy, said: “We are proud of our pupils for all the hard work they have put into their performance at the Barbican. Performing music is a fun activity which helps build our students’ confidence, resilience and team working skills. As well as being intrinsically worthwhile, music helps our students fulfil their full potential.”