News from Abbots Bromley School

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On Sunday, 26th June, 2016 Michael O’Neill, a composer, multi-Instrumentalist and producer with over three decades experience at the highest levels of the music industry visited Abbots Bromley School.

Michael is the touring guitarist with the legendary jazz guitarist George Benson.

The school loaned Mr O’Neill an acoustic guitar for an impromptu interview he was doing locally and we are delighted that he took time to take a tour of the school and ‘jam’ with students Janice Lai Ka Wing and Eduard Romanenko from Year 12.

 

Music is a key feature of life at Abbots Bromley School and ‘Cantoria’, the elite choir, recently performed with Aled Jones in Lichfield Cathedral.

The girls meet Aled Jones. Photo Brian Duffy – Pool Photography
The girls meet Aled Jones. Photo Brian Duffy – Pool Photography

We attract talented musicians from all over the world to study at Abbots Bromley School and performance opportunities and visits like this really boost enthusiasm and liven up any day of the week, never mind Boarders’ Sundays! We feel privileged to have met these remarkable artists.

 
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Michael has released five solo CD’s as a guitarist, vocalist, composed music for dozens of TV shows, scored several films and composed and produced music for a variety of artists. As a guitarist he has played on countless recording projects including such artists as George Benson, Al Jarreau, Rickie Lee Jones, and many others. He served as Associate Producer on the George Benson CD “Songs and Stories” which was nominated for the 53rd Grammys 2010.

Michael has been blessed with a truly wide perspective on different types of ethnic music from all corners of the world and he brings this unique perspective to every project he participates in. He recently won an award for Best Music Score (short film) for a film by Pablo Moline ” No More Chances” in the Hollywood International Moving Picture Film Festival 2016.

 

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Kira pictured with her poem

Kira Ward wins 3rd prize in KS3 West Midlands Regional Final of Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry Competition.

Abbots Bromley School, Staffordshire, congratulate Kira Ward, one of their Year 7 pupils, on winning her award for 3rd prize in the prestigious KS3 West Midlands Regional Final of Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry Competition. The judges remarked that all entries were of a very high standard and the fact that Kira’s Spanish poem entitled ¿Tienes animal en casa? was chosen makes this a huge achievement for Kira who has only been learning Spanish for a year. Kira will be invited to attend the national celebration of the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry Competition at Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday 30 June.