100 students from across Coleridge Community College, Parkside Community College and Trumpington Community College join together for 24-hour music challenge
Last week, students, staff and parents from across three Cambridge academies, all of which are part of United Learning, joined together for a sponsored 24-hour ‘musicathon’ to raise money for charity.
100 students from Coleridge Community College, Parkside Community College and Trumpington Community College took part in the special musical event. Held at Coleridge and organised by the school’s Head of Performing Arts, Rebecca Lewis, young people of all ages and abilities worked as a team to play live music non-stop over a 24-hour period. Nearly £5,000 has been raised so far which will now go towards the schools’ music departments, as well as the local Cambridge Acorn Project and the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Throughout the musicathon, students showcased their determination and impressive musical talents by playing a range of instruments and genres. Some students contributed special solos, including Marli Carroll in Year 10 at Coleridge Community College who sang and played the guitar and Rosie Young in Year 11 at the academy who played the piano.
Other students took to the stage as part of a variety of ensembles and musical clubs. This included Funk Band with ‘Blame it on the Boogie’ by The Jacksons, Brass and Horns band with ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Eurthymics and Musical Theatre with ‘We Go Together’ from the Grease soundtrack.
Parents, friends and alumni also immersed themselves in the event and, regardless of their previous musical experience, threw their support behind the fundraiser. During several open rehearsals held in the evening, members of the local community got the opportunity to play samba music, try their hands at the steel pans and take part in a powerful Massed Choir.
Hugo McGurk, a student in Year 9 at Parkside Community College, said:
“The energy everyone brought to the event was amazing! I was able to learn new songs and instruments, including some I’d never played before, and it was very satisfying to feel part of such a fantastic opportunity to raise money for charity. It was such a wonderful experience.”
Eleanor Murray, a student in Year 10 at Trumpington Community College, said:
“I felt very proud to have been chosen and to stay awake for the whole musicathon – I loved every minute! The support and friendship from everyone was amazing. I particularly enjoyed playing the drums, musical theatre, dancing and singing. I am now inspired to learn conducting. It was a lot of fun and all for great causes."
A parent of students in Years 9 and 11 at Coleridge Community College, said:
“I still can't quite believe that it happened, especially in the rich and varied form it did. The organisation was spectacular, communication was generous throughout, and the energy maintained throughout to make the experience so positive was remarkable. The open-armed approach to family and the wider community is unlike anything we've experienced, and so deeply appreciated.”
Ele Stoneham, Principal at Coleridge Community College said:
“Congratulations to all students who took part in this fantastic fundraising event. The hard work and determination all the young people showed in completing the 24-hour challenge was hugely impressive and is testament not only to their musical abilities but to their commitment to giving back to the local and wider community. Across our cluster of schools in Cambridge, we look forward to continuing to offer our students opportunities like this where they can join together as a team and make a positive impact.”
Craig Morrison, Executive Principal across Coleridge Community College, Parkside Community College and Trumpington Community College said:
“Very well done to all involved in the recent musicathon. I know from the fantastic feedback we have received from students, parents and members of the local community that the event was hugely inspiring to all and will be remembered for years to come. It was particularly pleasing that the event brought together young people from across our cluster of academies in Cambridge, giving them the chance to share their love of music whilst raising money for several important causes.”