Song Cycle at the CBSO Centre

Students sang to a packed house of parents and guests at the CBSO Centre on Tuesday 10 July for the world premiere of Do you See? Do you Hear? Schools sang their own individual songs, sang parts of each others songs with their voices interplaying with pre-recorded voices of adults talking about the project. It was fantastic!

Do you See? Do you Hear? is a collection of songs composed by Michael Betteridge, created in collaboration with the young people performing them, that explore what it means to be a young person in today’s society.

Do you See? Do you Hear? is an original 40 min piece of music composed with the participation of young people, parents, teachers, governors and SLTs from all 7 RSA schools, through a series of creative workshops. There have been 170 students involved in the project.

The overall aim of the project was to bring together the Academies through the creation and performance of a new song cycle celebrating the schools’ common mission and values.

In addition the young people have also had the opportunity to compose their own songs for professional singers. There were also performances in at St Stephen’s Church in Redditch and at the RSA Academy in Tipton.

The songs were:

I want to live the life I want to live – RSA Academy

I find it hard to understand – Holyhead School

Look at who I am – Whitley Academy

Achieve the Impossible – Abbeywood First School

Logic gets you from A to B – Church Hill Middle School

Aspire. Believe. Succeed – Dreaming of a lifelong adventure – Ipsley CE RSA Academy

Thinking for yourself – Arrow Vale

Song Cycle was project managed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and part of the RSA’s Performing Arts Hub.

Related project: Song Cycle project underway Related project: Performing Arts Hub Update