Fantails and Eagle
Part of our massed school band
Archbishop Michael Ramsey Joins in Lord Mayor’s Show Fun|
This October, Archbishop Michael Ramsey Technology College received a visit from Sir Brian Jenkins, Deputy Chairman of Barclays Bank PLC in respect of the schools involvement with Barclays in the Recent Lord Mayor’s Show on the 8th November 2003. Sir Brian Met with the students who created the design for the bank’s float, many students also participated in the show.
A special art group from Archbishop Michael Ramsey Technology College, with help from professional artists, prop makers, musicians and Barclays employee volunteers designed and created a float for the show. Much of the design work that the students did also fulfilled many of the curriculum requirements for their GCSE continual assessment grades.
The float reflected aspects of the Barclays Community Programme and their commitment to diversity and inclusion but remained true to the students original ideas.
Leading the procession were three spectacular carnival costumes, two circular keyboard fantails and a glittering blue Eagle. The float also featured an eagle fifteen foot high with a twelve foot wing span. In its beak was a cheque for 32 Million, the amount Barclays spent on its community involvement in 2002. The float was styled on the side with two giant saxophones with musical notes drifting away on the breeze
The merging of the school’s three bands into one, created a huge sound for the debut performance of the newly created big band “rhythm in Flight” that included a brass section, percussion band and the renown Archbishop Michael Ramsey Steel Pans. They played four pieces of music during the show, most importantly one composed by Derrek Douglas, a year 11 student. The other selected pieces were Hot, Hot, Hot, Wings of a Dove and Oxun Song.
We are currently editing a short video of the parade, which we will be screening on Southwark TV shortly. You will be able to hear the band in full swing, as well as see our float.