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Junior Boys Take a Journey Through Time with Pop Project

Friday, 16 January 2015

Boys in Years 3 to 6 were captivated today by a special presentation by Pop Project who gave them a musical tour through history!

Starting in the 1950s and moving through to the present day, Pop Project gave a potted history of each decade using pictures, video clips, and of course music to illustrate their talk. They talked about the different fashions available, and how they were linked to the music scene. The boys were fascinated by images of cars, buses, trains and planes and how they have changed over the years. However, of course the most fascinating aspect was the music: Pop Project played a selection of famous guitar riffs from each decade while showing a series of news stories on the big screen.

The boys also received a history of how people listened to music – from huge vinyl records containing just two tracks and requiring a large piece of equipment to play, through cassettes and the fantastic invention of the Walkman, to CDs and the less successful CD Walkman, and finally to the iPods capable of storing hundreds of tracks, which are used to enjoy music today. They also looked at the various improvements and changes to musical instruments, in particular the guitar. The boys were amazed to see how the technology related to music has evolved over time.

Pop Project made sure to touch on all different kinds of music, from Michael Jackson to Queen to Oasis and Take That, and many more!

The boys were encouraged to join in throughout the presentation. There were several calls for volunteers to demonstrate different items or pieces of equipment. However, all of the boys  were able to take part by singing along to a variety of hits, clapping and swaying in time to the music, and even getting up to sing and dance to ‘I Got A Feeling’ by the Black Eyed Peas when the presentation hit the 2000s!

The boys thoroughly enjoyed Pop Project’s entertaining and informative presentation.

The School was able to invite Pop Project thanks to funding from the Junior Boys’ School Parents’ Association.

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Pop Project performers Malcolm, Graham and Henry with some of the Junior Boys

Pop Project performers Malcolm, Graham and Henry with some of the Junior Boys

Two boys help to demonstrate the effect of different guitar pedals

Two boys help to demonstrate the effect of different guitar pedals

Performing

Performing 'Sit Down' by Manchester band James