Real Life Leeds School of Rock teamed up with a famous orchestra to put on a concert that raised awareness about climate change.
Children at LS18 Rocks Music School in Horsforth combine rock and classical music in collaboration with members of Manchester’s famous HallÃ© Orchestra.
The musicians created three climate protest songs which they performed live at Leeds Town Hall on October 23. They also plan to record the songs and publish them.
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The songs were developed with travels through the Penines and involve classical instruments like double bass, flute and trumpet alongside a full rock band sound incorporating electric guitars, drums, bass, keyboards and voices.
LS18 Rocks Music Director Jonnie Khan said: âFor our young people, having the chance to work with HallÃ© has been a totally inspiring experience and it was wonderful to see how the two genres were able to blend together.
âYoung people were challenged like never before working with professional musicians who are at the top of their game, and I am so proud of how they took on the challenge.
The collaboration emerged after LS18 Rocks produced a song at one point in time last Christmas titled Virtual hugs, which the young people made as a tribute to their grandparents.
The song and video made headlines around the world and the school has now resumed work on a climate change project titled In flames – which will include the songs with the HallÃ©.
“Climate change is something that is of critical importance to the younger generations and they are determined to spread the message through their music.”
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HallÃ© bassist Bea Schirmer said: âThey are the most talented and best prepared young band I have ever worked with. They have great songwriting skills and are already accomplished musicians.
âLS18 Rocks is an excellent resource and allows these young people to develop their talents.
Singer Eve Banham, 15, said: âI absolutely loved having the chance to work with professional musicians. It was a whole new experience, I learned so much during our rehearsals and it was really inspiring.
âBeing able to share my ideas with the songs has also allowed my confidence to grow and develop my own musical skills. I can’t wait to play our songs live, it’s going to be awesome.â
The songs were performed at 6.30 p.m. on October 23 in the Albert Hall of the Town Hall.
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