Thorpe House boys love to learn interactively so when offered the opportunity to spend a very noisy and exciting day with the Royal College of Music learning all about percussion instruments and music, they couldn’t wait!
The RCM is a prestigious music conservatoire recently voted by The Guardian newspaper as the number one university to study music, so the boys were in good hands! David Hockings, Head of Percussion at RCM oversaw the day’s events, but the workshops themselves were carried out by a small group of 4th year undergraduates who are high calibre performers in their own right.
The workshop sessions began with a short performance by the four undergraduates (Rich, Kizzy, Tom and Louise) which really captured the boys’ attention. Next came the hands-on part of the workshop; the boys were encouraged to come up with their own story centred round a word, before telling that story in small groups, using a variety of percussion instruments. One class were asked to come up with a story about Spain and in doing so produced a piece about a party, a friendly octopus in a swimming pool and a superfast boat ride! The day ended with a performance by David and the RCM students to parents, staff and pupils.