Music department hits all the right notes

Young musicians from across the school have been kept busy over the past couple of weeks with a number of activities and events organised by the school's Music department.

From involvement in a large-scale choir event at Bridlington Spa to working with a professional orchestra and hosting their own showcase event in school, students have benefited from a wide range of opportunities and experiences.

The Big Sing

On Wednesday 5th July, 50 students from Year 7 attended The Big Sing event at Bridlington Spa.

This annual event is part of an initiative led by the East Riding Music Service to give all students the opportunity to sing together as part of an ensemble.

Featuring approximately 1000 students from various schools around the East Riding of Yorkshire, The Big Sing offers young people the unique experience of singing at a professional venue - something which many students may not otherwise have had the opportunity to do.

Adding to the atmosphere of the event is a full live band who accompany the singers on a range of songs from a broad spectrum of genres and artists.

Music Teacher Rebecca Tillman commented: ‘The students conducted themselves amazingly well and represented Withernsea High School at its best. We had a fantastic time and I’d like to thank the students, parents and the East Riding Music Service for supporting and providing such a great event. We look forward to taking another 50 enthusiastic students next year!’


Year 7 students at Bridlington Spa for The Big Sing.


Manchester Camerata

On Thursday 6th July, 20 Year 8 students completed another composition / performance workshop with a musician from the Manchester Camerata - a professional orchestra based at The Royal Northern Academy of Music. 

It was the latest in a series of workshops involving our students which aim to support and develop their composition and performance skills. The main objective of the Camerata project is for the students to compose a piece of original music which they will perform live with the orchestra at Bridlington Spa in January 2018.

During last Thursday’s workshop, the students worked through the afternoon to rehearse and refine the piece of music they have composed so far.  They have also recently accepted an invite to perform their composition at Withernsea Carnival on Saturday 22nd July.

Miss Tillman commented: ‘I am very impressed with the progress our students are making with their composition and performance so far. Some of the students even performed some solo numbers on Thursday, which demonstrated their growing confidence and the amazing talent we have here at Withernsea.'

'Next January's performance in Bridlington will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students and I know they will do themselves and the school proud.

'I would also welcome anyone to come and join us in supporting the students with the fantastic work they have done when they perform at the Carnival next weekend.'

More information regarding the Carnival performance will follow once details have been finalised.

Year 8 students in the Camerata Workshop.  


Year 10 Gig

As part of the work towards their BTEC course, students in the Year 10 Music group recently staged their very own gig in the school's Drama Studio.

The group were tasked with planning, organising and running the event and took charge of everything from promotion to liaising with site and technical staff to ensure everything went to plan.

As well as performing themselves, the Year 10 students also held open auditions for performers from Years 7, 8 and 9 to provide members of the lower school with the opportunity of taking part in a live performance event. 

All performances were delivered confidently and the evening was well-received by the approximately 80 audience members of friends and family who came to support the performers.

Through the sale of refreshments and a request for donations in lieu of paying to attend the gig, just short of £125 was raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust - which is an amazing achievement. 

In a letter sent to the students, Headteacher Richard WIlliman commented: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the variety of performers you had invited to take part and I was impressed by the way in which you organised and ran the event. Everyone involved was very professional and you gave a very warm welcome to all your guests. Congratulations and well done.’

Music teacher Rebecca Tillman added: ‘The students worked extremely hard to plan this event and can take full credit for its success. The students should be very proud of how they conducted themselves during the evening, as all the feedback received commented on how professional the gig was.'  

Students performing at the BTEC Music Gig on the evening of Thursday 6th July.