Revolution Y5 & Y6's visit to the royal philharmonic hall 15th march 2017

On Wednesday 15th March 2017, Years 5 and 6 all visited The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for a concert with the theme of Revolution and the idea of creating a musical manifesto.

Here we are waiting for the concert to start. We weren't allowed to take photos during the concert.

The concert was presented by Alasdair Malloy.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra were conducted by Michael Steel.

The musicians in the orchestra wore different coloured t-shirts according to their groups of instruments.

Alasdair introduced each piece with information about the composer and why they were revolutionary.

The first piece was Shostakovich's Festive Overture written during the 1917 Russian Revolution. His slogan would be "Make Music Matter".

J S Bach revolutionised musical form. We heard his Toccata in D minor. His slogan would be "Find the form".

During Beethoven's 3rd Symphony 1st movement called 'Heroica', the cellos repeated the theme. Beethoven's slogan is "Engage emotions".

All the schools sang along very well to French horn player Tim Jackson's song 'The Sound Collector' based on the poem by Roger McGough. The slogan for this was "Get in a group".

At the end we were all silent and were told that this was an extract from John Cage's "4'33"'. He was an advocate of 'Chance music' and was given the slogan 'Give it a go'.

Italian Giuseppe Verdi was a prolific opera composer. We listened to the Grand March from Aida. Verdi's slogan is "Tell a tale".

Next came The Beatles' "When I'm 64" written by Paul McCartney from the revolutionary album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Paul's slogan is "Share a source".

The orchestra then played in different time signatures to minimalist John Adams's 'Short ride in a fast machine' which featured looping and layering with the woodblocks staying on the beat and the clarinets creating a pulse. Adams's slogan would be 'Compose and create'.

Next came 'Rey's Theme' by John Williams from Star Wars, one of his many film scores. We were impressed by the violins played with light-sabre bows. 'Feel the Force' was the slogan for John Williams.

Finally we came to Igor Stravinsky, who created new harmonies with the slogan ' Mix and Match'. We heard two movements from 'The Firebird' - 'The Berceuse' and 'Finale'. This included sections that were the quietest it is possible for an orchestra to be, and unusually bassoon and French horn solos.

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