Soul Rebels Brass Band Visits Morpeth

Blog, Live Music

All the way from New Orleans, Soul Rebels Brass Band are currently on tour and on their visit to the UK stopped off at Morpeth School to put on a short concert and run a workshop with the schools’ big band Urban Playground. These guys sure know how to put on a show and the volume they create is immense. Sure enough, the hundred or so pupils who were lucky enough to attend the event gave them an rapturous welcome and got into the party atmosphere as they got up, sang, clapped and danced their way through the band’s short set which included a fantastic cover of Katy Perry’s track ‘California Gurls’.

The workshop for the schools’ big band ‘Urban Playground’ was equally impressive and provided an amazing opportunity for the pupils to get tips and advice from their professional visitors. The band ran through a couple of their numbers including the song ‘I Feel Good’ which later provided the musical backdrop for each pupil to perform a solo as part of the workshop.

It was fantastic and yet another memorable day for the music students at Morpeth School and another major coup for their highly successful Music department. I highly suggest you check out their EP on Spotify by clicking the link below.

Soul Rebels Brass Band are playing Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on July 20th and the Edinburgh Jazz Festival on July 22nd. For more information visit their website here.

Spotify: Soul Rebels Brass Band – Nothing But Love – EP

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Christian Scott Visits Morpeth School

Blog, Education

On Tuesday, Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott and his band visited Morpeth School to perform and lead a workshop with the members of the school band ‘Urban Playground’. After performing a couple of tracks he started a question and answer session so the students had the chance to find out all they wanted to know about him and his music. He had some fascinating stories to tell and provided great insight into the influences behind one or two of his pieces.

Pulse and Urban Playground in Madrid

Blog, Education, Live Music

Morpeth School recently organised a trip for the members of their drum group (Pulse) and their Big Band (Urban Playground). This isn’t the first time the kids have been to Madrid and each time they go it’s an overwhelming success. The kids stay with families in Spain for a few days and over the course of the trip, play several concerts in public places as well as schools and to various VIPs. Thought I’d attach one of their videos to this blog so you can check it out – pretty damn good for an East London secondary school…