One of my favourite memories from school was performing in a production of West Side Story – I played the part of a Jet which luckily for the audience didn’t involve much singing on my part but instead plenty of dancing and prancing around to the likes of ‘America’, ‘The Rumble’ and, of course, ‘The Jet Song’.
Purbrook Park secondary school had a great Performing Arts team including music teacher Mr Gleadall who I recently regained contact with when he approached Time+Space about a musical project he was working on inconjunction with Portsmouth Football Club (I’ll do a blog post about that another time – being a born and bred Pompey fan how can I not?!).
To put it simply, John Gleadall is a musical whiz. So much so he now has his own company ’Musicals4kidz’ which sees him writing musicals that enable schools to tick all the numerous curriculum criteria boxes whilst giving pupils themes they can relate to and most of all have fun performing.
John recently emailed me to say he’d used Synthogy’s new Ivory II Grand Pianos software to remake a track he had produced for his musical ‘A Mean Old Man’ – a modern take on Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ where Scrooge is an estate agent and Bob Cratchit is on a training scheme.
Forgive the Synthogy plug, but John’s exact words were…
Ivory 2 is amazing! I just replaced some piano on old stuff I’ve done and the difference is amazing. Not just the sound but the velocity sensitivity is brilliant.
In addition to the piano, John also replaced the old EXS samples he’d used for the bass with Spectrasonics Trilian’s ‘Character’ upright bass and has kindly sent me the before and after tracks. Take a listen to them below – and let us know which one you think is the remade version – we think it’s an easy guess!
More information about Musicals4kidz and ‘A Mean Old Man’ can be found by clicking here.