Junior Choir and Rock School Perform in Music for Youth Festival

On Friday 8 March our Junior Choir gave a fantastic performance in the regional Music for Youth Festival at Truro Methodist Church, as part of a national initiative celebrating young musical talent across the UK. The varied afternoon programme, included jazz, funk and wind bands, orchestras and choirs of all ages and it was an exciting opportunity for the choir to develop their own performance skills, be inspired by the other groups, and gain feedback from a panel of experienced music mentors. Our Junior Choir sang two contrasting pieces – the choral piece “Can You Hear Me” by Bob Chilcott, followed by an upbeat version of the jazz standard “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” accompanied by Year 8 student Ewan on the drum kit. Following the concert the choir were also able to enjoy a ‘fun night’ at Truro Bowl, as a reward for their commitment to Junior Choir over the past year.

On Saturday 9 March thirteen students from our Roseland Rock School also took part in the Music for Youth Festival, performing in the ‘contemporary’ category at The Old Bakery Studios, Malpas, Truro. It was a fantastic opportunity for our three newly formed bands to perform in such an authentic and atmospheric music venue, and they each gave an impressive performance, including an acoustic version of “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns and Roses, the rock classic “Out of the Black” by Royal Blood and Year 8 student Lizzie’s own composition “Middle of the Night”. Students really enjoyed the chance to see the other young bands perform, and they also received encouragement and valuable feedback from the panel of visiting music mentors: bass player for Grace Jones and music producer Malcolm Joseph, and professional jazz/world/folk musician and lecturer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Trevor Lines.

Congratulations to all our student performers, who were fantastic ambassadors for the school!




Have a Heart Charity Concert

Everyone is invited to attend our Year 8 ‘Have A Heart’ concert on Wednesday 13th February, a fundraising evening of musical entertainment presented by Year 8 students, who will be giving a range of class and solo performances! There will also be refreshments, a cake stall and a raffle, with all proceeds going towards a new defibrillator for the school. Tickets for this event are available in advance from the school finance office, priced £2.00 each, and any unsold tickets will be available on the door on the night.

Roseland Music Academy Summer Showcase Celebrating EMI Music Projects

Well done to everyone who took part in our Roseland Music Academy summer showcase, which took place at Truro Methodist Church on Monday 9th July! This celebration of young musical talent included fantastic performances by our Junior Choir, Roseland Voices, Roseland Youth Orchestra, and new boys singing group - and also featured Year 5 pupils from partner primary schools Tregony, Gerrans and Probus. All the performers have been taking part in our EMI Anniversary Music Project this year - watch this video to hear more about this inspiring project, which has been generously funded by our sponsor, EMI Music Sound Foundation.

Roseland Music Academy

Well done to everyone who took part in our Roseland Music Academy summer showcase, which took place at Truro Methodist Church on Monday 9 July.This celebration of young musical talent included fantastic performances by our Junior Choir, Roseland Voices, Roseland Youth Orchestra, and new boys' singing group - and also featured Year 5 pupils from partner primary schools Tregony, Gerrans and Probus! All the performers have been taking part in our EMI Anniversary Music Project this year - please click on the link below to hear more about this inspiring project, which has been generously funded by our sponsor, EMI Music Sound Foundation.

Posted by The Roseland Academy on Wednesday, 5 September 2018

New! EMI Rock School

We are delighted to announce that earlier this year the school was granted a donation for music education by the EMI Music Sound Foundation in celebration of the Charity’s 20th Anniversary. The expanded donation has allowed the school to invest in some fantastic new musical equipment and supported an exciting range of extra-curricular musical activities at The Roseland Academy, as well as expanding our musical outreach to partner primary schools.

This year The Roseland Academy has spent some of the EMI MSF funding on a new ‘Rock School’ after-school club to nurture some of our most talented young musicians and provide them with further performance opportunities. The club has been led by our resident Guitar Tutor Mr Crowe and Expressive Arts Development Officer Wendy Polley, with support from other Music and DPT Department staff.

At the end of the summer term 2018 our rock school students put on a fantastic show, performing work in progress in an informal showcase to parents and carers. The evening included some rock classics, original compositions, and a wide range of solo and group performances. Entry to our rock school programme is by audition, and we hope to develop this project with further activities next academic year – please see Miss Polley for more details.

CreatEd Exhibition at Falmouth University

Recently we submitted a selection of work by our Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE Art, Photography and Music students to be displayed at Falmouth University in their CreatEdExhibition. The exhibition will feature work by students from across the country – and we are delighted to announce that many pieces we submitted were selected!

A Private View and Awards Ceremony will take place from 5pm on Thursday 28 June at the Design Centre, Falmouth University, Penryn Campus. Please note that the Private View is by invitation only (details attached) but the exhibition will also be open to the general public on Friday 29 June until Sunday 1 July.

Roseland Rocks!

On the evening of 3rd May 2018 Roseland Academy students raised the roof at the Roseland Rocks concert.
This annual event is popular in the school calendar, with students and staff taking to the stage to perform.
Students of all ages put on a great show, with performances from a range of rock bands and ensembles including the Roseland Samba Band and GCSE Music Students. The quality and quantity of musicians provided a real sense of enthusiasm and community spirit, whilst the behind-the-scenes team equally showcased their talent through atmospheric sound and lighting.
Expressive Arts Development Officer Miss Polley said, “Roseland Rocks is an event that gives students a platform to showcase their creativity and talent. All the staff in the Design, Performance & Technology department are very proud of the hard work students put into rehearsals, it really paid off on the night.”

Combined Truro Schools Art Exhibition 2018 “Gathering Steam”

On Monday 26 March staff and students attended the opening ceremony of this year’s Combined Truro Schools Art Exhibition. The opening ceremony and private view of this year’s exhibition took place at the Royal Cornwall Museum. This exciting exhibition features artwork by seven secondary schools in the Truro area. All our Year 9 students have been working towards this event within timetabled art lessons this year.

A number of specialist art workshops have also taken place during the autumn and spring terms, leading to a stunning display of artwork which includes printmaking, photography, cyanotypes, graffiti collage and glass.

This successful project is now in its fourteenth year and the theme for 2017/18 is ‘Gathering STEAM’ – with artwork inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.

Arts Award Success

Following their participation in our ‘Star Academy’ performing arts activity during Activities Week last July, we are delighted to announce that ten students from Years 8, 9 and 10 have successfully passed their Bronze Arts Award, with a 100% pass rate.
Visiting Trinity College London Arts Award moderator Rosie Russell was very impressed with the level of work presented in their portfolios, their creativity and arts leadership skills, commenting, “Wonderful work and a great use of an arts week with detailed, well organised portfolios reflecting the range of performing arts activities experienced; lots of learning and enjoyment, plentiful participation and reflection on skills learnt.”
As part of the Star Academy programme students took part in various Music, Dance, Art and Drama workshops, including a drama workshop with professional actors from Miracle Theatre and a vocal workshop with singing specialist Matt Douglas.

They also took part in “Ghost Dances” – a collaborative dance event for Cornish schools, which took place at the Eden Project in July. The performance involved various schools from across the county and was directed by dance practitioners from Rambert Dance Company. Our Arts Award students helped design and make costumes for the dancers, as well as composing and performing some of the music.
To complete their Arts Award, students recently enjoyed a visit to Tregony Art Gallery to review the current exhibition of modern and contemporary British art on the theme of drawing. They also interviewed gallery owner, successful artist and curator Judi Green about her own paintings and the gallery business.
Miss Polley, Expressive Arts Development Officer, said “Congratulations to all students for gaining their Bronze Arts Award – a nationally recognised qualification accredited by Trinity College London. This will be a great addition to their CV.”

Christmas Celebration Concert

On Tuesday evening the school hall was packed with students, staff and families for our annual Christmas Celebration Concert. Around 100 students performed a wide range of musical items, including music, dance and drama. Highlights included stellar performances by our resident school orchestras, bands and choirs, including the Junior Choir, Roseland Voices, Ukelele Orchestra, Roseland Youth Orchestra, GCSE Music students and the Samba Band.

Thanks also to the stage crew who kept the show running smoothly throughout the night and the student comperes Tegwen, Faith and Oliver who entertained the audience between performances.

During the interval mulled wine and mince pies added to the festive spirit and the Christmas raffle was also extremely popular.

Headteacher, Mr Challis said, “I am always proud to watch our students perform. The quality of the performances was top notch. Feedback from parents and carers was fantastic. Congratulations to everyone who took part and all the people who worked to make this event so special!”

Students Shine in Big Sing October 2017

On Wednesday 18 October The Roseland Academy hosted another stunning display of talent at its annual ‘Big Sing’ event.

Led by the Music Department, our first concert of the year featured the whole of Year 7, who gave some fantastic performances as the ‘Big Sing’ choir. Held to celebrate and inspire vocal excellence, the evening also featured memorable performances by the Junior Choir and ‘Roseland Voices’ senior choir, as well as some wonderful musical performances by the Year 10 GCSE Music ensemble and various soloists.

Staff and students also joined forces to form an excellent stage band and, behind the scenes, the student-led technical crew also did a superb job of ensuring that everything ran smoothly on stage. It was a great opportunity for our students to experience the joy of performing together in a supportive atmosphere for family and friends.

The audience was packed with family members, students and staff all of whom enjoyed the performance and were brilliantly supportive of the youngest students of the school. Miss Polley, Expressive Arts Development Officer, said “It was great to see almost two hundred students coming together for this musical event – our talented young people once again demonstrated an outstanding level of talent, commitment and teamwork which culminated in a most enjoyable concert!”