Recording Rock music in Schools

School of rock

This year, the North End Road Market in Fulham will be celebrating its 130th year. This daily market makes a great family day out and often has around 150 stalls plus live entertainment.

A little further up this same road can be found the Fulham Baths. This Grade 2 listed building was built in 1902 by the architect E. Deighton Pearson and was largely responsible for stopping Andrew Lloyd Webber throwing in the towel. A few years ago, Lloyd Webber whilst suffering from ill health was also confronted by the commercial flop of his musical Stephen Ward about the osteopath at the heart of the Profumo scandal.

To get round this he decided the best thing to do was take a bunch of kids to a rehearsal at the Fulham Baths. It should be noted the baths have since been turned into a dance studio and the rehearsal in question was for Lloyd Webber’s latest musical entitled School of Rock.

School of Rock is Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of the 2003 hit Hollywood comedy about a struggling band member who blags his way into an American school as a supply teacher. Once there he decides the kids need less Mozart and more Rock Music. Despite the popularity of the film, starring Jack Black, Lloyd Webber’s venture (with book by Julian Fellowes and lyrics by Glenn Slater) remained a high-risk affair, opening on Broadway in December 2015 without out-of-town tryouts. instead he adopted the unusual strategy of staging public rehearsals in downtown Manhattan.
Nevertheless the risk paid off and the musical has so far been a great success.

More importantly it struck quite a chord with Lord Lloyd Webber and he admitted in a later interview that one of the kids in the movie could well have been him. He recounts an occasion where he was performing in a school concert at the age of 10 and decided to ignore the published program and instead played his own compositions.

This is a great example of how music can do good for all. If you analyse the movie it shows how you start with the selfish individual who is purely trying to further his own ambitions but actually ends up doing something great for others (the kids) in the process.  It also shows how the kids find themselves in music and the parents and teachers change their views when they see just how inspirational music is for their children.

Music in schools is changing. More and more children are teaching themselves how to play an instrument and increasingly they choose to develop their own instrument, the human voice. Our job at Recordings 4 Schools is to capture this talent and record it for posterity. We are fully aware that a lot of the recordings we make in Primary Schools all over the UK are probably played a couple of times by proud parents and Grand parents before being consigned to the shelf. However, in 30 years time, particularly as we supply digital files as well as CDs, today’s school pupils will be able to look back and listen to something they created and then share their music with the next generation.

To find out how easy it is to record your pupils with Recordings 4 Schools give us a call on 01225 302143 or alternatively click here to email us.

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