Music students at Concord are not only making an album for charity – but enhancing their chances of a BTEC qualification. Fourteen students in Form 5 are recording original pieces of music which they have composed and will be featured on the charity album.
They are supporting a Shrewsbury-based arts charity Creative Inspiration which brings music and arts into the local community. The students, who perform with a variety of instruments, have composed 10 songs for the album which has been recorded over two days.
The album will be released on May 4 and will be available to buy online through Bandcamp and copies will also be sold at college.
James Welch, producer, engineer and owner of Masterlink Productions who are handling the project, described the music students as ‘fabulous.’
“They are intuitive, extremely creative, very open and welcoming towards me which is wonderful as a producer and an external person coming in. They are really up for the challenge.”
He added that this was the first album he had recorded in Shropshire.
Said Concord’s Head of Music Stavros Kokkinos: “This is a varied project for the students because it gives them an authentic experience of music making.
“The students are also doing their own marketing and promotion which is part of the whole package and an important part of the authentic experience of music making.
“The project is also part of their music course work for the BTEC qualification in the summer.”
One of the composers, Katie Ke who is studying for her GCSEs at Concord, is a diploma level violinist who has written a country-style song for the album.
She said: “I am feeling quite excited about the recording. It is a really good experience. To have my own voice on a CD is terrific.”
In addition to violin and vocals, the students play acoustic and base guitar, piano, upright base, strings and percussion.