On 2nd December 2013, My School CD spent the day recording a whole school CD with Astwood Bank First School in Redditch.
As well as a free recording day, we provided the school with a free 30 player Monkey Drum Set from Primary Percussion, which the school then used to create an original composition as part of the My School CD Competition.
Astwood Bank's video entry won the competition and their prize was a full day African drumming and dance workshop with London-based Wuntanara.
Hear what Joe George, the school's music co-ordinator, had to say about his experience working with us:
"Our experience working with My School CD has been nothing short of amazing! We made our recording back in 2013 and the whole school was thrilled with the outcome. We received excellent support and advice during the build-up and the recording day itself was extremely satisfying. We felt like real professionals and the quality of the finished CD was superb. The production options were clear and we went into the project knowing that we would likely make a couple of hundred pounds profit which we then used to purchase a splendid set of handbells and to replace some of our old glockenspiels. We also received a 30 player African percussion set as a gift from My School CD simply for taking part in the recording day, and this has had a lot of use throughout the school and has been very well received by the children.
We then were invited to use our lovely new African instruments to make a further video recording in order to enter a competition, again hosted by My School CD. The process of writing and recording this video was extremely engaging and the whole school got behind the project and were delighted when we eventually won! The prize for this was an African drumming and dance full day workshop from London-based Wuntanara. This workshop was carried out in February 2015, and again, the whole school was full of music and that infectious and joyful African vibe!
What a journey! A professional CD recorded, for free, a lovely set of African percussion, for free, money raised for other new instruments, a Youtube video and competition win, and a tremendous day with Wuntanara!"
Joe George, Astwood Bank First School, Redditch