Composition workshops at Trinity School in Lewisham

As part of Blackheath Halls Community Opera, students from Trinity School in Lewisham are taking part in a composition project based on Verdi’s Macbeth. The students will perform their work in Blackheath Halls prior to the performance of Macbeth on Wednesday 10th July.

Trinity Laban’s Learning & Participation team is leading the composition workshops and have asked the students to consider these questions:

How does Macbeth connect with contemporary life?
What is Lady Macbeth’s first name?
Why are we doing the piece on Macbeth?
How did you come up with your creative ideas?
What is your favourite piece of music from our Macbeth production and why?
What aspects of the project have you enjoyed most and what do you feel you have learnt from the experience.
How are you feeling about performing your work in public next week?

And these are some of the answers from the students:

How does Macbeth connect with contemporary life?

Macbeth is a tyrant, similar to the president of Egypt

What is Lady Macbeth’s first name?

We think Lady Macbeth’s first name is Elizabeth. We think this because it is a medieval name and it would be fitting for her.

‘Aeotera’ because it is an old Scottish name, and I’ve seen it used in an analysis of the play (Macbeth)

Lady Macbeth’s first name could be Julie, Tulisa, Sam, Katherine and Samantha.

Why are we doing the piece on Macbeth?

We are doing this piece on Macbeth because it will help us improve our understand of the play, the old English language and it will improve our confidence in music and drama

How did you come up with your creative ideas?

Our group did brainstorms, mind map, spider diagrams.

We came up with our creative ideas by experimenting and testing out different ideas as well as recording words and repeating them; adding effects to it using garage band. The orchestra created different musical effects in several groups, before combining them.

We used Garage Band and created some recordings and developed from there to make a soundscape.

What is your favourite piece of music from our Macbeth production and why?

I think that our favourite would be the soundscape in representing the theme because we can made the voices like death to be deep and have an echo to it so it matches it.

What aspects of the project have you enjoyed most and what do you feel you have learnt from the experience.

Playing music with different people and learning different rhythms and tunes that we will use in the performance on the V.I.P night.

We think that by doing the Macbeth project we have learnt how to use garage band and add effects to music and speech. We also enjoyed it very much.

How are you feeling about performing your work in public next week?

We feel excited and would like the public to hear what we have made, however we are nervous in case something goes wrong.

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