This exciting project, culminated in a performance produced in response to Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. The children worked with NCEM's Education Consultant Cathryn Dew, who directed the project alongside other Early Music specialists and Puppeteer Anna Ingleby from Indigo Moon Theatre. The children worked across the arts disciplines to produce the final performace, creating their own compositions, performing songs, narrating the story and making and operating the shadow puppets.
The Spirit of Huntington Arts Festival
Each year more than 200 Huntington students come together in this week long creative experience open to the public this year on Thursday 18th July. This event provides students who are passionate about the Arts a unique opportunity to experiment and create innovative and inspiring works of art, theatre, dance and music. This year's festival was entitled "One Giant Leap - a creative exploration of innovation and adventure".
The Arts festival exposes students to the challenges of making their ideas a reality, and pushes them to be resilient in the face of critical appraisal.
For the performers, there is the adrenaline rush that comes with the live performance - the joy of success, and the camaraderie of working together. For the artists it is the chance to 'think and make' collectively, working towards a brief on a large scale. For the film makers, photographers, front of house team, sound teams, back stage, props and lighting team, the event provides opportunities to both develop skills and take responsibility for the smooth running of a large scale event.
It’s important to stress that the Arts festival is not just for students who want to go into the creative industries in the future; it is real world learning, learning that is relevant to everyone’s future working life. More importantly still, it’s the stuff that makes us human.
Huntington Arts staff offer varied extra-curricular opportunities throughout the year. The Arts Festival is just one of them. For academic study we are a body of experienced, teachers delivering great results in GCSE Art, Drama, Media and Music and A level Art, Drama, Media, Music, Music Technology and Photography.
Please come and talk to us at open evenings and parents evenings and learn about the relevance and value of what we do.
Our students said:
Honestly in awe of everybody’s hard work that made #artsfest this week, especially the staff of @HuntSchoolMusic. These fantastic people have given me so many opportunities to make fab music and friends and I can’t imagine this year any other way.
I’ve not felt this happy for a long long time (ayee) & it’s all thanks to an incredibly talented group of people who all share the same passion for music. Thank you once again for another fabulous Arts Festival & here’s to the ones to come @HuntSchoolMusic
I have no words, just tears of joy. @HuntSchoolMusic has taught me to love myself for who I am and what I am able to do, but yet still work hard for improvement. This week I felt comfortable to show my skin for the first time in over year and I am so grateful for that.
A massive thank you to @HuntSchoolMusic for another fabulous arts fest. I would like to pretend I still have a scrap of dignity despite sobbing through our goodbyes. I cannot thank you enough for who you have helped me meet, and what you helped me become. ❤️
Never done it before and in all honesty never thought I would but it’s hard to resist the charms of @HuntSchoolMusic. Arts Fest was honestly top notch.
Our parents said:
Thank you to the amazing staff and tutors at Huntington music dept got another fabulous performance. It’s such a joy to hear them all singing and playing together. We love it!!!!! Music makes the world go round!
Further details on upcoming events can be found on our Twitter feed: @HuntSchoolMusic
Sound Waves is a FREE inclusive music provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Sessions are held at York Music Centre (Millthorpe School) on Saturday mornings during term time.
SOUND WAVES EXPLORE - Saturdays 10.00 - 11.00 These sessions are specifically aimed at children and young people with more profound needs. Explore the world of music and communication through sensory play
SOUND WAVES BAND - Saturdays 11.30 - 12.30 These sessions explore creative music-maing using instruments, voice and technology. Participants will develop their social and musical skills through improvisation, musical games, learning favourite tunes and creating new music. No previous experience needed. All instruments provided.
Three days of workshops, seminars and practical activity sessions looking at how music plays a key role in a full and balanced curriculum.