ARK Kings' Band Musicians Rock the House

Collage of student musicians performing in groups and bands at ARK Kings Academy's Band Musicianship performance

Last Wednesday, our main hall was filled with the sounds of accomplished musical performances as the academy showcased the achievements of its innovative Band Musicianship programme.

Playing in front of a full house of parents and supporters, students from Years 7 and 8 performed a varied selection of songs, ranging from the catchy pop of Jessie J’s Price Tag to an atmospheric instrumental version of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.

The student performers were members of our Band Musicianship programme. Since starting in January, the programme has given students the chance to learn a new musical instrument and how to play together as a band. Students not only develop musical skills but also social skills such as team working, communication and problem solving.

Speaking after the performance, student Harriet, who performed CeeLo Green’s Forget You, said:

“I felt very, very nervous before the concert, I could feel myself shaking, but I felt really excited when everyone started clapping at the end because I knew we had received one of the biggest claps.”

Harriet’s band mate, Keeley-Marie, spoke highly of the Band Musicianship programme, saying:

“I was sceptical at the beginning because we’ve got people who argue and bicker but when we actually started working together and coordinating ideas it started fitting together and slowly we developed a bond. We’ve built up a special friendship within our group and with teachers because they’re really good.”

Band Musicianship founder and head of music at ARK Kings Academy, Paul Bull, said:

“I am incredibly proud of everyone who took part in the Band Musicianship performance. With every week since the programme started in January our students have grown in confidence, focus and determination. Our students’ confident and joyful performances show that through hard work you can achieve your goals.”

Last week’s performance marked the end of the first year of Band Musicianship at ARK Kings Academy. The programme will return again in September in expanded form, with students from Years 7, 8 and 9 having the chance to take part.