Inspirational Music Composition

As part of their Composition project, students from Saint Paul’s visited the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) for a free fantastic lunchtime concert.

The project involves the students working closely with the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Northern College of Music funded by Greater Manchester Higher.


In the first part of the project, the students created a composition alongside members of the Northern Chamber Orchestra. This composition will be performed with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in a concert at the RNCM in January and this forms the third part.

The second part of the project was the visit to the lunchtime concert at the RNCM.

The RNCM Strings performed Sally Beamish’s The Day Dawn and Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in G Major RV 151 ‘Alla rustica’. The Wind Orchestra performed Kenneth Hesketh’s Vranjanka and Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen’s Dirty Dancing.

“It was a varied and exciting programme that was both emotive and impressive,” commented Mr Tim Jackson, Head of Music. “Our music students were impressed with what they heard and saw and appreciated the hard work and dedication that went into producing music of this high standard.”

Mr Alex Hren, Headteacher, said: “We are developing listening, composition and performance skills. The project has enabled our students to experience many wonderful and different kinds of music. They are finding it a fascinating experience which they are thoroughly enjoying. I’m looking forward to seeing how what they have learnt transfers into their production, their music and their studies.”