Schoolgirls inspired to sing with visit from TV conductor
PUPILS and staff at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham had the opportunity to work with conductor
PUPILS and staff at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham had the opportunity to work with conductor and educator Dominic Peckham, who works internationally with choral groups and featured in the TV series
The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone. He began the day by leading the morning assembly, which involved singing and movement exercises for the girls and their teachers, and then worked with individual classes throughout the morning. The school’s VOCES8 group, consisting of 13 pupils, performed an a cappella version of
I Need Your Love by Ellie Goulding and participated in an iSing choral workshop led by Peckham. VOCES8 group member Emily Heath, 17 from Henley, said: “Working so closely with Dominic was hugely inspiring. During the improvisation workshop, we were taught how to experiment with rhythms, mouth and body percussion using a key or a piece of music. It was amazing to discover what can be produced by the frequencies of sound from the body, especially the bass drum sound created by one of our group members! We all had a great time and learnt a huge amount, which I know will help our future performances.” In the afternoon, the conductor was the guest judge for the school’s inter-house music competition, which was won by Webbe House with performances of Abba’s
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) and Price Tag by Jessie J. Director of music John Padley said: “It was fantastic and a real privilege to be able to welcome Dominic Peckham to Queen Anne’s. Whether working with individual girls and classes or the whole school, his energy and skill enthused pupils and staff and overall it was a very memorable day.”.