Music and Performing Arts @ ONE
All students at One have the opportunity to get involved in Music and Performing Arts. We run a number of extra-curricular clubs, and have many opportunities for our students to perform throughout the year.
Tickets for all our public performances can be purchased through our TicketSource Box Office. As well as our public performances, students also have opportunities to perform in lessons and each fortnight students run a music performance on the bridge in the atrium during the lunch break for the rest of the college to enjoy. We also have private performances for exam work, with an invited audience of the students families.
To give you a flavour of the what we do at One, here is a selection of some of our recent events:
Rent School Edition - This was this year's college production and was very well-received. Rent is a challenging musical with a lot of 'hard hitting' themes. The rock sound track to this show really gave it energy and our students did a fantastic job performing it to a high standard over four nights.
The Winter and Spring Music Concerts - These are open to anyone to take part in and feature solo and group items, as well as college ensembles, such as Big Band, Covers Band and One Voice.
Dance Evening - A showcase evening held annually in March of a variety of dance performances from across the BTEC and A-level courses.
West End to One - Two evenings of musical theatre celebrating the work of our BTEC Subsidiary and Extended Diploma Performing Arts students.
Workshops and Trips
Throughout the year students in Performing Arts had the opportunity to be involved in a number of trips and workshops. This year we have run trips to UoS in Bury St. Edmunds for a talk from Richard Lightman on composition and sound design for film, ICMP for workshops on auditioning for university, Guildhall School of Music and Drama to watch their performance of Crazy For You and Birmingham Conservatoire to watch their performance of Le Nozze di Figaro. We have also had performance workshops from The New Woolsey Theatre, Nicky Betts, Dance East and BIMM.
Suffolk One TV
Our YouTube channel features videos from all of our public performances, as well as a weekly Suffolk One Session, featuring performances from students across Performing Arts.
Music and Performing Arts' Facilities
Music Technology Suite
The Music Technology Suite contains 20 iMacs for student use. Each of the iMacs has a MIDI controller and has Logic Pro X for sound engineering students and Sibelius 8 for music students. We also have a number of portable audio interfaces for use in this room.
In 2016 our recording studio underwent a major upgrade. The studio features RME digital convertors and Focusrite ISA preamps to record hi-fidelity audio. Each channel in the studio can be patched into either two live rooms, or the control room allowing for a range of recording options. The monitoring equipment includes Adam speakers, which feature their patented X-ART ribbon technology, which allow for very precise sound reproduction. The studio also has a Slate Raven MTi touch screen controller, which allows you to get hands on when mixing in Logic Pro X. Our microphone locker features a range of microphones to cover any recording scenario from manufacturers such as AKG, Shure, Sontronics and Oktava.
The college has two live rooms either side of the recording studio which allow for ensembles to record and rehearse. Each of these rooms contains a PA system, drum kit and keyboard. The larger of the two live rooms is used for smaller assessed performances, such as the A-level Music recitals and is where lunchtimes music clubs rehearse.
Music Practice Rooms
The college has four practice rooms. Two of these rooms contain an iMac with and RME audio interface, allowing students additional rooms to record and mix. Two of the rooms contain practice drum kits, which are equipped with low volume cymbals and mesh skins allow students to rehearse without damaging their hearing. Each of the drum rooms also contain a keyboard and a small PA system, allowing for small ensembles to use them for rehearsals. The first practice room contains a Yamaha piano, for use by students and our private instrumental teachers.
The Performance Space features tiered seating for 218 people, with additional floor seating allowing for over 300. The space has an Allen and Heath QU32 audio desk and a ETC Element lighting desk, which students interested in the technical side of performances have the opportunity to be trained on and use for our public performances. During the day, the space becomes three classrooms, allowing Performing Arts students to learn in a purpose-built space containing sound and lighting equipment.
We would like to offer you the opportunity to partake in instrumental and singing lessons during your time at One. All our instrumental tuition is provided by private teachers, who have been chosen by the college due to their skill and experience.
Lessons will be available for the following:-
- Upper Strings
- Cello (We currently haven't got a Cello teacher but will investigate getting a teacher in if we have enough interest)
- Drum Kit
- Electric Guitar/Acoustic Guitar/Bass Guitar
Lessons are available to all students across the college. Teachers will accept total beginners, as well as more advanced players. Students need to have their own instruments to practice on at home and be able to bring them in (unless of course they play the drum kit or piano, in which case they can use the college's ones for their lessons). You can hire certain instruments from music shops; such as Balaam's Music in Bury St. Edmunds.
Each term students will receive ten individual 30 minute lessons, over a period of ten weeks.
Due to a change in legislation, the college is no longer taking payment in for lessons and paying the teachers directly. Students/parents will need to put in an expression of interest at the start of each term.
After an expression of interest is made, you will receive the contact and payment details for the instrumental teacher, and you will need to pay the teacher directly. Once payment has been confirmed the timetable for lessons will then be arranged.
Lessons are arranged as much as possible at lunchtimes or in students' free periods. This may be on a day when students have no lessons as our instrumental teachers are only in on certain days/times.
If students wish to stop having lessons then you will need to give the teacher half a term's written notice.
All music clubs are open to all students in the college, regardless of whether they take a Music subject or not. All clubs run during lunchtime from 12:30-13:10 and students are also free to create and rehearse their own ensembles, or get support from staff to do this.
Jazz Ensemble is open to all instrumentalist in the college and provides an opportunity for instrumentalists to explore different types of jazz. We play a range of music from Latin to Bebop and everything in-between. There are also opportunities for students to explore improvisation and get instruction on how to improvise on their instrument.
Grade 5 Theory
Grade 5 Theory is open to all students in the college, and is compulsory for anyone studying A-level Music who does not yet have Grade 5 Theory. The lessons are free for all students and cover everything from Grade 1-5 theory. Students have the option of entering the exam for themselves, current costs for this can be found on ABRSM's website.
Choir allows an opportunity for all the singers we have in the college to be involved in an ensemble. Each year we have a large number of singers across Music and Performing Arts, as well as a number of singers who do not take a subject in this area. Choir performs a range of genres, including popular music, classical music and musical theatre. Depending on the singers these are performed in either two, three or four parts.
Covers Band perform a range of popular music covers from the 1950s-present day. The band covers all genres of popular music, from rock to reggae and ska to soul. It is open to all instrumentalists and singers, and the students take the lead in choosing the music performed.
Annual College Production
Each year the college stages a production combining all of the performing arts. In previous years we have staged productions of Hairspray, Little Shop Of Horrors and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The production is open to all students in the college and auditions are held at the start of the first term.
Last year the college staged a production of Rent. The production was well received and educated the students on many challenging issues, including the AIDs epidemic of the early 90s. The production raised over £200 for the Terrance Higgins Trust, which supports people living with HIV and AIDs.
This year's production will be Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. The King and I is based on the real-life memoires of Anna Leonowens, who was the governess to the children of the King of Siam in the 1860s and the novel Anna and The King of Siam. The musical features well known songs such as 'Getting To Know You' and allows for a large cast and orchestra.