When we took the initial enquiry from Emily at St Ives Junior School it was simply to record 1 song. Intrigued I asked for more details and it turned out this was a rather special school song written by their Music teacher Emily Taylor. Rather than produce CDs she wanted to record the pupils singing the song and then make it available as a digital download.
As St Ives is a bit of a trek from our studios in Wiltshire, we travelled down to Cornwall the night before and stayed over in Truro. This meant our 2 sound engineers could be on site at 07.30 as usual as the school wanted to get the recording done by the end of the morning before the school hall had to be transformed into a dining room.
Although there was only one song to record, we decided to record each year group singing the song separately followed by the full school singing towards the end of the morning. This gives us plenty of material to play with. There was also a second part to the song which we had to record separately in order to ‘dub in’ once back in the studio.
We were delighted to meet the staff at St Ives Junior School. Everyone there was extremely welcoming and the Head Teacher was fully behind the recording and gave his time to inspire the pupils during the recording sessions.
Once the recording was finished, just before lunchtime, we decided to take advantage of being by the sea and found a deserted beach just a little way up the coast to have our lunch before heading back to Wiltshire.
St Ives Junior School
The School is in premises purpose built in 1984, and overlooks the scenic St Ives Bay on the Cornish North Coast.
Settled for thousands of years, the town had at one time a shipping line and nineteen tin mines, one of which, The Trenwith Mine, supplied minerals for Marie Curie’s experiments. St Ives now forms part of Penwith District. The town is about 300 miles from London, 70 from Plymouth and 8 from Penzance. The traditional industries of fishing and farming continue but have been largely overshadowed by tourism, which began with the coming of the railways, and the associated service industries.
Facilities in the district include excellent communication by road and rail, libraries, local history museums, an open air theatre, three golf courses, art, pottery, music, beautiful scenery, water sport, fishing, sub-tropical flora, rambling, climbing…… The children mainly transfer from the adjacent Infant School at the age of seven and most transfer to St Ives Comprehensive School (a Technology College) nearby, when they become year 7’s. There is a significant mobility factor regarding pupils moving into and out of the area.
You can find out more about the school by visiting its website.