Year 12 Elective Music students were critical to the next stage of the piece’s development. In a series of workshop sessions, they used the Year 3 reflections as the basis for creating more formalised lyrics which informed a clear path for how the text would meet the music.
With such valuable contributions from our students, the tone and musical vision were explicit. Ella Macens began work on composing music that captured the nuance and sentiment of each verse. “I knew that this music needed to shimmer and glow, to reach for the heavens, to be delicate and graceful as well as bold and triumphant. I wanted each vocal and instrumental line to have their moment to shine, and to amplify the sense of wonder with which the students seemed to reflect on their experiences at school. I worked through the piece in a linear way, starting with the opening bells which slowly invite the surrounding instruments to join in a reverberating, shimmering sound world. From here the composition unfolded naturally and with ease, in part due to the fantastic lyrics and story provided by the students.”