26th January 2018
The music department organised an amazing concert on 19th December. Students from all year groups worked very hard over the autumn term to perfect their performances.
The concert began with Yanik and Yosso Baptista (Year 12) performing a piece they created on piano and drum kit. Throughout the night there were performances from Raine’s Singers, Year 7 Rock Band, a Year 9 ukulele duet, piano solos from Emily Vo, (Year 9) and Marco Pieroni, (Year 7). One of the highlights of the evening was Sacha, Pollyana and Lucy from Year 8 performing the ‘Cup Song’ in Spanish under the guidance of Ms Garrido. St. John’s primary school choir also performed an excellent gospel rendition of Silent Night with lots of smiles and enthusiasm!
The finale was extra special which featured both St. Elizabeth’s and St. John’s primary schools singing alongside Raine’s singers. The mass choir was accompanied by the musicians – Dennis (Year 11) and Madison & Omar (Year 9). It was an uplifting moment seeing all three schools enjoying music together as a community.
The evening was a huge success and many of the audience members commented on the Christmas atmosphere as well as the wide range of musical talent we have at Raine’s. Special thanks to Community Music, for giving their time to help with the PA system and supporting students throughout the rehearsals on the day.
Thank you to all of the families who came to support the concert we raised £440 for the music department to fix and buy new equipment for the students.
Well done and thank you to all the students and staff who came to support the concert whether it be on stage performing, setting up, clearing away or selling refreshments.
Raine’s Singers supporting Providence Row
The music department took Raine’s singers to Spitalfields Market to sing Christmas Carols for one hour during many city workers lunch break. All 20 of the students from year 7-9 sang carols and popular songs. The favourite which was sung a few times was Jingle Bells, with the addition of the tambourine played by Miss O’Leary. All of the students were treated to a hot chocolate from Providence Row which warmed them up after singing and standing outside for so long!
Raine’s Singers raised £182.33 for the homeless charity and received a certificate.
Spitalfields ‘Big Sing’ January – May 2018
Raine’s Singers attended the first of 4 rehearsals at St. Paul’s Way School on 23rd January. The Singers were treated to a morning session of warm ups and learning a range of new songs by a team of professional singing coaches. The ‘Big Sing’ will take place in May 2018 with Morpeth, St. Paul’s Way, Stepney Green, Raine’s and Phoenix schools all singing together. This is a Borough initiative supported by Tower Hamlets Music Hub.
Raine’s are successful with a Music Department bid!
The music department have been applying for grants from various charities and corporations over the last 11 months. Finally, in December 2017 City Bridge Trust, City of London Corporation approved a grant to run a Drum Works project for 2 years at Raine’s.
This money will entitle all students to receive Drumming tuition once a week with professional coaches from the Drum Works organisation. The drumming will in turn lead to performances and hopefully more social cohesion amongst students through music.
On behalf of the students at Raine’s we would like to thank the City Bridge Trust for giving their support to enable us to run this project.