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Park High School has over 250 students taking instrumental lessons, who contribute to the musical life of the school.
Extra-curricular life at Park High never stops, and students benefit from many performing opportunities, such as informal Christmas concerts, the Young Musician of Park competition, GCSE/ A level showcases and celebration assemblies. Park High has a history of performing at many prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall in 2009, 2011 and now The Royal Albert Hall. In 2010, the department went on tour to Germany sharing our love for Dhol drumming in Europe. This year the music department is working in collaboration with the BBC singers, preparing for a performance at the Camden Roundhouse in March. Next year they are participating in the Music Nation Weekend as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympics.
The Dhol is very much a cultural instrument, which originated from the North West part of India during the 15th Century. Dhol playing is associated with Punjabi music, also known as Bhangra and is mixed with other music genres for example Techno and Funky House. At Park High School the Dhol teacher, Anand Vekaria, understands the importance and passion students have for music. Anand has worked alongside the students who have shown great enthusiasm and hard work in order to put this piece together. Laura Leigh, the Head of Dance has worked closely with students from Year 10 to choreograph a vibrant performance incorporating many traditional movements from Indian dance, complementing the ‘mind blasting beats’ of the Dhol drum. The group hope that you enjoy their performance as much as they enjoyed putting it together.
Dhol Leader: Anand Vekaria
Head of Music & Head of Dance: Lisa Harris & Laura Leigh
Age range of performers: 13 - 19 years
Dhol in the Dark - Vekaria