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MusicLab

Watch the BBC's exciting end of year concert for teenagers recorded at the Watford Colosseum.

MusicLab is the BBC Concert Orchestra's new project for secondary schools.

In Autumn 2006, the project ended with a concert at Watford Colosseum on Wednesday 18 October 2006.

Watch the highlights

You can watch highlights of the MusicLab concert in broadband or narrowband quality - just click on the link below.

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Recorded Wednesday 18 October 2006. Running Time: 20 minutes

The Project

The project involved five Watford schools with each school having a role in participating in the concert as presenters, players, composers and singers.

This exciting concert included music by Sigur Rós, Arvo Pärt and Jocelyn Pook as well as compositions, arrangements and visual media (thanks to the involvement of BBC 21CC) created and performed by the school students themselves.

Conducted by Robert Ziegler, and presented by BBC 1Xtra's Iyare, the event was a unique musical experience for the young people involved, broadening and deepening their ideas about the orchestral sound world, and supporting and enriching their music making at home and at school.

Concert Details

Watford’s favourite overture (One piece only, pre-chosen by students from William Tell, Carmen, The Bartered Bride)

Dr Who Music (Bushey Hall School)
Students’ composition to a clip from Dr Who with big screen projection arranged for orchestra by Alasdair Malloy

Tonetag (Watford Boys and Girls Grammar Schools)
8 original compositions/ring tones from Year 11 GCSE students. Facilitator: Robert Ziegler

Jocelyn Pook Returns of the Day (Parmiter’s School)
Pupils sing choral parts with the BBC CO. Introduction from the composer.

Sigur Rós Glósóli
Orchestral version with student choir (Parmiter’s) by Fung Lam and students from St Joan of Arc perform their own version of Glósóli led by Jan Hendrickse.

The concert also included music by Arvo Pärt with an accompanying film created by students, and a medley from Howard Shore's score for  Lord of the Rings.

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