On Friday 10th December, The Royal Shakespeare Company Club at The Royal Harbour Academy, had a special visitor. Richard Navarro, an extremely talented musician, songwriter and performer, came into school to work with the students on music. This music will be used in their performance on the Marlowe Theatre stage in Canterbury at the Marlowe Playmaker Festival in March 2022.
Richard brought many fascinating instruments with him to help create this music. Although Richard brought a violin, a keytar (keyboard/guitar for those not in the know) and a harmonica, the students were entranced by Richard's use of the loop pedal. We all got involved with singing and tapping being put on loops with other sounds layered over the top to create dynamic and interesting pieces that would be possibilities for the show.
The students, with Richard's help, were able to accomplish a lot in the short two hour slot that we had. Every student had interesting ideas about how the music would affect their performance and what effect it may have on their prospective audience. It was such a joy to witness the RSC club being so passionate, polite and excited by the possibilities provided by the Marlowe and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Staff at The Royal Harbour Academy would like to thank the organisations that made it possible and, of course, to Richard Navarro and his infinite musical wisdom.