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The Music Never Stops at St Martin’s

Despite the school being closed to most, we have been extremely busy over in the Music department. We believe it is extremely important that we keep music very much alive and thriving during this challenging time for so many – it lifts spirits, keeps people busy and most importantly, makes people happy. After all, what is a life without music?

Each week we have a number of activities based on a theme such as Soul and Ballads, Rock and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Classical and Musical Theatre. Our watch-alongs take place every Monday evening for GCSE and A-level Music students; we have already been fortunate enough to watch Stevie Wonder’s legendary set at Glastonbury 2010, Queen’s live 1986 concert at Wembley Stadium, the first night of the BBC Proms 2020 and the legendary musical Hamilton.

The pinnacle of our musical output during this lockdown has to be our pocket concerts. Each week, we premiere a 40-minute concert of our talented students performing pieces related to our weekly theme live on YouTube. These concerts not only feature solos but also ‘virtual’ group performances, giving the illusion that everyone is performing together when actually, they record their contributions separately from their own homes. Make sure to tune in every Friday at 6pm – the links can be found on our Twitter page, @StMartinsMusic – do give us a follow as well!

We are very grateful that despite not being able to be together in person, technology is still enabling us to make music together and keep our valuable musical community alive.