NE generation

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Time Travel Northumberland is part of NE-Generation. NE-Generation has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK

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www.bluejamarts.org

BlueJam Arts is a social enterprise running a youth and inter-generational Music and Arts programme in Cumbria, London and the North East.


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This Olympic song has been written as part of a creative sharing project by groups of young people from Northumberland and visiting students from Cumbria.

In the spirit of the Olympics the song has been passed from hand to hand (or voice to voice) like the torch in the Olympic opening ceremony.

These web pages show videos, mp3s, scores and comments from all the stages of the song from its beginning to its final version. If you would like to add your own bit to the song, get in touch via bluejamarts@gmail.com

The versions of the song will be accessible to download from this site and the Vocal Union Resources site. Musicians and teachers from around the world use the site and contribute their own material - it would be fantastic to have versions of the song from other parts of the world - in true Olympic Spirit. Already the song is being shared with schools in London.

STOP PRESS!

October 2012

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North Pennines Young Voices at their first Voice Academy at Deneholme in Allendale wrote a new rap for the song, and a new improv bit for the end - all in 45 minutes! Brilliant! We hope they will be able to meet up with the other groups in Hexham in February!
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Whole song with end improv bits

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Alnwick Creative Music Club singers with Sarah Gray

Songwriters so far:

Alnwick Creative Music Club
Bewcastle Music Club
BlueJam Young Music Leaders
Wreay Primary School
North Lakes Primary School
Milburn Primary School
Vocal Union
Beaconside CE Primary School
Malvin's Close Primary School
Lazonby Primary School
Jilly Jarman's Improv Choir

Singers so far

Ashington Singers
Inglewood Primary
Penrith Transition Choir (200 singers!)
Workington Sings (250 singers!)
Yewdale Primary
Hayton Primary School

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Music Leaders working on the Olympic project:

Jilly Jarman | Sarah Gray | Flora Peden-Smith

yml picBeaconside transition choir

yml picMilburn Songwriters Club

and for something completely different...BlueJam Improv Choir took the Let My Feet Have Wings end line and moved it into this improvisation - it has moved a long way! mp3








Hadrians Wall of Sound

Hadrians Wall of Sound is lead by Woodhorn Museum's Time Travel Northumberland project (part of NE-Generation) has been funded by the Legacy Trust UK to create Hadrians Wall of Sound; creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. The project has been supported by Northumberland County Council and is part of their Cultural Olympiad activity in collaboration with Hadrian's Wall Heritage Ltd, The Sage Gateshead, The National Trust, Northumberland Youth Services.
Together the aims are to develop a project of Singing inspired by the 1933 Morpeth Olympic archive film content from Woodhorn to be performed throughout schools and communities along Hadrian's Wall, one of the most globally recognisable World Heritage Sites.
Woodhorn Museum will be hosting music making days and outreach sessions as part of this project for anyone to get involved in. The music making days will be full of master classes, peer learning and peer performance. www.experiencewoodhorn.com

"Let My Feet Have Wings"

Led by Alnwick Creative Music Club and, BlueJam Young Music Leaders,, Wreay, Bewcastle and North Lakes singers were on the main stage at the Sage, singing their song for a packed hall on July 9th!
Big Sing TSG version: full track | backing track | score | words
Note: This version includes as many ideas as possible while creating a vibrant and memorable song. The young people who have added their ideas have been generous and adaptable and excited by hearing other groups sing what they have written. This is not the end version however - many more ideas will emerge - see below for some of them!)
Backing track created by Jilly Jarman, voices by BlueJam.

Big Sing Sage Gateshead 9th July

Alnwick CMC, BlueJam YMLs, Wreay, Bewcastle and North Lakes Schools on the main stage, with Jilly Jarman, Sarah Gray and Flora Peden-Smith, leading the whole auditorium in "Let My Feet Have Wings!"
Amazing!

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Alnwick Torch Ceremony

Alnwick Creative Music Club with Sarah Gray.

The group is performing on stage with live accompaniment from guitars and djembes.

This song started its journey at Alnwick, then was added to by BlueJam Young Music Leaders, got the first half of the song and the rap added by Wreay School, new words and harmonies by North Lakes School and many, many more ideas still in the pot and waiting to be part of new versions.

An exciting journey......

Penrith Schools Transition Choir

Summer Concert performance
Weds 4th July

"A fantastic finale to the whole show which had the audience joining in with harmonies and raising the roof! We also had young music leaders running with a real Olympic torch! Next song stop is the Sage Big Sing!" Jilly Jarman

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Penrith Torch Ceremony

North Lakes Primary School Choir led by Martyn Soulsby sing 5 songs to a crowded town centre and it's not raining! Here is Let My Feet Have Wings!
This recording was taken at a school assembly with the whole school - the recording at the torch was too noisy!! mp3 penrith torch

Bewcastle School made a running game out of their version of the Olympic Anthem - still not raining!

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Brampton Stepping Stones Festival

Bewcastle Music Club, BlueJam Arts, Alnwick CMC

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The Journey

Versions of the song as it has been passed from school to school to youth club to community choir around the UK.

BlueJam young music leaders practise the first two sections of the song before helping to teach it to Penrith Schools Transition Choir..mp3

Beaconside CE Primary Transition Choir mp3

"They learnt the first part of the anthem in 10 minutes! This has now become a fun race to see how quickly schools can pick up the song.
Here are some ideas they wanted to tell me afterwards"mp3Jilly

Hensingham Primary School

"Hensingham singers going to the Big Sing at the Sage take up the challenge and learn the whole song in 20 minutes and sing it with gusto." mp3Jilly

Wreay Primary School mp3

"Here is the other part of the original rap written by Wreay Years 5 & 6."Jilly

From the other end of the UK in a Primary School in Newmarket, infants have great fun coming up with their own version of the song and singing it to the rest of their school in assembly....mp3

"We practised every day at storytime for 2 weeks and the children quickly made up their own actions. The rappers were very keen to dance around at the front on their own and they looked like real MC stars!
A few of the parents requested copies of the lyrics as their children kept bursting into song at home and parents wanted to help them learn.
We enjoyed an Olympic Week and this was performed to the whole school as part of our closing ceremony. The children really loved singing it and enjoyed taking turns at the rapping!" Lizzie

From Malvin's Close Primary School in Blyth, we get some great new words for the song...mp3

"This is a recording made today with kids from Malvin's Close Primary in Blyth. They wrote new words for the rap and the 'run run run faster' bit as you can hear, they were inspired to do the latter by me telling them about the original 'Sofa Olympics' song you did with Bewcastle, so you can see, there is more continuity still! They just love the whole concept. I especially like how you can hear one of them has the hiccups!!!" Sarah

...and from Milburn Songwriters' Club another variation on the rap...mp3

Lazonby Primary School has a go at the Bewcastle game...

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"They picked this up in a half-hour session, combining singing and moving around - not easy!"

...they then wrote their own version of the rap

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Hayton are practising the song for the Transition Choir concert in July....

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