Many years ago I wrote a song about Guy Fawkes. I entered the UK Songwriting contest and was a finalist with this song in the “Miscellaneous” section. And now for this year we have the score! Happy Bonfire Night! Gunpowder_Plot GUNPOWDER PLOT LYRICS Remember, … Continue reading Gunpowder Plot
I have a degree in Music and Politics and very rarely I will bore everyone with a post about politics rather than music.
If the polls are correct then the Conservatives should win the next election easily. But I think it is going to be much closer than we think. I will try to show why by looking at a constituency that Boris will need to win and explain why it will be incredibly difficult. I’m going to look at Stoke North as that is one I am relatively familiar with as I used to live next door to this constituency and it is a Conservative target seat. Here are the voting patterns for the last two elections:
What is interesting about this seat is that Labour have held it since the dawn of time and so the first thing you would think is why this is a marginal. The answer of course is Brexit. Stoke was one of the areas that voted strongly for Leave and was a centre for UKIP. However, UKIP didn’t feature in the last election and the numbers might shed a light on what happened in the 2017 election. In 2015 UKIP was very strong coming third and only 1,000 votes off the Conservatives. If you add the Conservatives and UKIP together you have about a 5,000 lead over Labour. But in the last election those 9,542 votes were split between the Conservatives and Labour and Labour still won. It helps that they have an MP in Ruth Smeeth who although was a Remainer, is one of the rebels who voted for Boris’ deal. I don’t know if the Brexit Party are going to put a candidate here but if they do, they are going to split the vote. Will the old Kippers go straight to the Brexit Party? Will they go to Boris’ deal making party? Will they stay loyal to the MP who has defied her leader because of the way her constituency voted and wants to respect the Referendum result?
All these questions show why it actually will incredibly difficult for Boris to win an election. He is going to lose seats to the Liberal Democrats in the South, to Labour in Remainer London, to the SNP in Remainer Scotland and he is hoping to get a majority by getting people who have never voted Tory to change the habit of a lifetime. Some people think he is a charismatic guy who can win people over, and Stokies are incensed by the referendum not being respected but are they really going to start to vote for an Old Etonian ex-Mayor of London in Tunstall and Burslem?
I have also heard that Conservatives have lost a huge amount of activists to the Brexit Party and Corbyn still has his loyal Momentum force – the Conservatives have nothing like that and when you are fighting an election you would not believe how important it is to have enthusiastic activists to get your vote out. And Boris honestly doesn’t know who his vote actually is anymore.
I don’t bet with money but I will put my reputation on the line and say that Boris is not going to get a majority. We are going to be in the same mess as before.
I’ve written a little Orff composition that could be useful in schools over Halloween. You can find the music here on MuseScore or on this page. It’s for drums playing the words “Zombies”, bass metallophones playing “Pumpkins”, alto metallophones playing “Trick or treat”, soprano metallophones playing a … Continue reading Halloween Orff
This is going to be a post about an approach to composition that I think almost no-one is talking about but could be effective. Our school is looking into LCM exams and the exam board has an interesting composition course. It is accredited by the … Continue reading Accredited Composition Course
Here is the latest workbook for Y5 Journey into Space. This is mainly a keyboard and composition unit loosely related to Holst’s “The Planets”. Also there is some work on bass clef in particular as this is the time when we introduce the children who … Continue reading Journey into Space
This is another post with a workbook on our unit on Mexican Music. This was a Year 5 unit but you only need to learn two chords – C and F and so I have moved it into Year 4 as an introduction to ukulele. … Continue reading Mexican Madness
This is continuing my series of booklets in our curriculum. In Year 3 we have just finished a unit on melody and harmony so it makes sense that the next unit will focus on rhythm. This unit has two aims – to enable students to … Continue reading Rocking Rhythms
I have finished my latest musical – “The Rainbow Fish” for primary schools. You are free to download all the songs, pdf and music and if you want to hear the tracks with the words you can find them here. The script is below. Rainbow … Continue reading The Rainbow Fish
In our last workbook for this half term, we have a variety of learning experiences for our Year 5 children. The main aim to to play a variety of different African rhythms (like the “Fanga”), create our own and perform different one bar ostinati repeatedly … Continue reading African Drumming
The next workbook I am sharing is for our Year 4 students. This is quite an ambitious six week course on rhythm, culminating in a four part rhythmic piece entitled “The Biggest Battle”. The students are in four teams, one on bass drums, one on … Continue reading Rhythmic Battle