Secondary school memories Part 1: Year 7-11

So today marks 4 years to the day since I had my leavers day at my high school. Makes me feel old or what :O!!!! I’ll embed some photos from this time πŸ™‚

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#nationalbestfriendday ginge is one hello of a legend who i miss loads as well as year 11 times 😦

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Inspired by a post on another blog which i follow, I thought i share some memories from my 5 years in secondary school from year 7-11.

Year 7: This was a hard year. I was the only person from my middle school to go to my high school. I hated this and wanted to change to the high school in the city where nearly everyone from my middleschool went to.I was placed into abbey house which colour was purple, my form was A4 and i was in the tiffey river band. Making friends was very hard and i would often just sit in the library or wander around at break and lunchtimes. The only people i would talk to would be staff or ta’s. I don’t know why but i would do impressions to people in my year to try and get acepttedΒ and talking to people. This only got me a reputation where i was known as the special kid who did impressions. I only realised this later on. People would be screaming at me when i’d walk down the school corridors and the older kids from year 9+ would get involved too. I hated this and it all became too much just before the summer term started.School didn’t intervene with this until the summer term though…. Music was my favourite subject of them all and i got my grade 3 horn at the end of the year πŸ˜€ I slowly started to feel happier during the summer term and was in a good state of mind at the end for a great summer break.

Year 8: This year started good. Although i was still struggling with making friends and would often have to be put in a group for group activities to stop me being alone, i was talking to people. I was still doing impressions and making myself look like an idiot in order to chat to people until the summer term where people finally started to accept me as a nice person not some special kid who makes themselve look like an idiot in order to try and make friends. This was a big relif seeming as i was really hating be pressured to do this in order to not be bullied.I went on a trip to germany with school at the end of the year which was awesome. I had never played so much mario kart and pokemon in one week and had so much fun when we went to a theme park called phantasialand where the micheal jackson thriller ride was as well as lots of very scary german rides. We also had a disco on the last day which was so so fun!Β I also got my grade 4 horn! There was no change of my favourite subject too….!!! I met a certain man during this year who would certainly change my life for the better………..I ended the year feeling a lot happier than i was in year 7 and had a fantastic summer break.

Year 9: This year started alrightish. I was getting on with people although i would still often have to be put in a group or work on my own due to shyness. I went on the trip to the Belgium battlefields which was great and i also got to take part in the remembrance ceremony at ypres representing the school which was very special. I was also invited to be in a year 9 fast track music group for talented musicians within the year to do theory stuff and to focus on music more. It was so fun. We also had to choose our gcse options. I nearly didn’t do music for graphics (with my fantastic art and design skills i know…) but i choose history, rpe and music. Looking back, i should have done drama or just had a period to work because of how much i struggled with history. I went on a trip to pleasurewood hills which was very fun! In may 2010, my grandma died. This devestated me and the imediate actions my family did made me feel really unhappy. This affected my work for the rest of the year where I underperformed in everything including the exams which would decide how i would be placed in the y band during year 10 where the whole year would be mixed with people you never knew beforehand. I also made a few bad remarks which i shouldn’t have done. I got my grade 5 horn though which was good during the summer but i could not wait for the summer holidays to come.

Year 10: This year was a fresh start for me. I was out of tiffey river and into the y band with new people who i didn’t know as well as people who i knew from tiffey. Music GCSE was my favourite lesson as we would muck about more than do work. The same applied to maths (for the wrong reasons though……;)! I soon realised though that i made a big mistake with taking history as a gcse option. I was making new friends and getting better at it in comparison to year 7. I was also diagnosed with a thyroid condition. Partly due to genetics but possibly due to how sad i felt possibly i don’t know…i didn’t need surgery at that time though and it just had to be monitored regularly by the hospital which was a relief.I went on the pleasurewood hills trip again which was just as fun! I applied for house prefect at the end of the year which i didn’t get which broke my heart. I was given house ambassador though which in reality was just my head of houses way of making some people feel better about it by giving them a badge which had no significant role unlike the prefects did. I properly just wanted it for the badge and the privileges anyway.Asides from this, it was an awesome year although my year 10 gcse results where a kick into reality.

Year 11: I dropped history at the start of the year so i could have an extra study period which was the best decsion i ever took. A lot of this focus for the year was on what to do next. I had a look at many different sixth form and colleges in the area and after much carefull deliberation, I decided to apply for my schools sixth and one in the city as a backup as well as the HE college for a music BTEC incase i would completely muck-up my exams badly. I finally settled down and was happier than ever-working hard but also mucking about in lessons particularly music. I had finally felt like the real happy me had came out. My mock results where good (except for an e in english literature because i was in top set…) and my favourite lessons where music and maths (for the wrong reasons though in maths…) ;)! I got my grade 6 horn before i left and the last few weeks where awesome. Lots of mucking about and not much work done. The leavers day was great but sad, i did a dr who theme and after the final assembly, everyone was saying goodbye and crying which was sad.

Once I had finished my GCSE exams, the first day afterwards I was given some shock news about the house which devastated me. I was worrying about this for over 2 years and I had learnt how much my parents and family had betrayed and ignored me. Although this was horrible and I would often cry about this bucketloads when alone, I had a fantastic summer. Hanging out with friends, going out with mum and walking the dog for walks along the norfolk countryside in the beautiful sunshine. It was bliss. The 2 sixth form induction days i had went well, still knew what my first choice would be though……

Lots of exciting musical things happened during this period. I depped on solo horn for an adult band and after depping with them twice, I got asked to join permently! I presume the depping was my audition to join! I also got accepted to the youth band of a very famous brass band in yorkshire and i was continuing to compose and play all around norfolk. All dandy and good πŸ™‚

At the end of the summer after going on holiday to lancashire, i had the important gcse results day. I got the results which I needed but to find out whether i stayed at my schools sixth or switched to the other one which would have been closer, you will have to wait for the second blog post in this series!!!!! Sorry πŸ˜‰

Today, i’ve had my end of year recital which is the only exam i have had as everything else is coursework. Really happy with how it went, not getting home till late as i’ve got orchestera rehersal till 9 tonight in preperation for the 2 concerts we’ve got this weekend! Fun!

Best,

Leveridge

Always a child at heart

Today is a very important day in the house of Leveridge. It’s a milestone birthday for me as i turn 20 today. 20 years ago today, a new baby was born in Norwich and then went home 5 days afterwards to eaton where they grew up.

My lecture was cancledd today so i spent most of the day working on coursework before having a birthday tea. I had some awesome presents but i still can’t belive i am 20 now. It dosen’t feel right!!!!

Best,

Leveridge

 

29th February 2016

So today is a very rare day. It only happens once every four years so it seems worthwhile to have a blogpost on. Can see whether it will show up with bugs in timehop to see whether they have prepared for leap years!!!

Think i’ll do this post like how it used to be on my blog for 365 days of the year. It’s Monday, I don’t have any lectures at uni today so I am at home working on some coursework and this bastard of an essay. I have been back at uni for nearly a month now. I would have gone back to the commute in january but i had no exams in January so i got an extra long winter break!!!! Not bad πŸ˜€ Although I enjoyed the rest and time to do what i want, i was looking forward to going back as it became thustrating towards the end of the month

At the start of the semester i also found out that i have passed all my modules from last semester with a good 2:1. This means that providing I pass all my modules this semester (language of music, music buisiness, world music and music performance) I am on course to passing my first year of uni with a good 2:1 :D. My overall marks for the modules really suprised me as although i knew that my lowest would be for langauge of music, my highest was for composing?????? I got 66% for composing and improvising, 65% for Music and technology (a wierd mark for my final composition) & 63% for language of music 1a. You can listen to what i’ve done below πŸ™‚

It’s more related to the theory side with regards to the modules this semester. Although there is some creative stuff, it’s more essay work. I was only in 2 days last week as i had a hospital appointment about my calcium which went well. I also finally had the balls to perform in a performance workshop which could have gone better in all honesty :/. It’ll be a long time before i have the confidence to perform in it again i think :(. I’ve chosen my modules for year 2 which will be film music, music education and electroacoustic music. Should be fun!!!! πŸ˜€

The piece though for chorus is very strange though a jazz mass……at least the orchestera pieces are good though πŸ˜€

Now back to this beast of a buisiness report. 500 Words till i hit the word limit though oh yeah πŸ˜€ Oh and practicing the test piece for the area contest on the 19th….

Best,

Leveridge

 

Music has changed my life for the better

So this past fortnight on saturday, I was at a contest with my brass band at bulins skegness playing fire in the blood in our first contest since promotion into the 2nd section. Considering it was our first contest since promotion and at a wide field of bands from all areas, we played very well and got a very respectable result of 19th.

It got me thinking about how learning about music and how to play an instrument really has changed my life for the better. It’s amazing how something as simple as learning how to play an instrument and make music can change somebodys life for the better. I’ll be honest, my early childhood and first few years at school where not in the best of starts. Due to various things which happend in early childhood and not acutally speaking until i was 3, I needed a lot of support when i started school. . During this time, I had interactions with music as my parents would always have music on all the time and i would attend a pre school music group which i enjoyed as well as singing being a part of my playgroup i went to. The biggest thing which captivated me would be listening to the salvation army brass bands when the would play carols at christmas time in the streets of norwich which i adored! Back to school. I started first school and i had support from a teaching assistant when i started reception to the end of year 5 as part of the ways to help me with my education. I started later than i should have and although my parents wanted to pull me back a year because of that, the headteacher sad i would develop best by staying with my year group. I was not very cleaver at all. Although i liked reading, i struggled with everything else so i needed a lot of support compared to the other kids in my class.

During this period, I was forced by my parents to sing in the school chior which i did not enjoy as well as learning to play the recorderd as most kids learn in year 2 and the ocarina in year 3. I was involved in all of the christmas plays which my first and middle school did which i loved doing. When i moved over to the middle school i had the chance to learn an instrument in year 5. I grasped this opportunity immediately and after thinking about it, I decided that i wanted to learn a brass instrument. Why you may ask???? Well, because I thought the theme tune to coronation street was cool as it was on a trumpet which sounded awesome. Part of it as well i think was from having on segement a week in middle school where we would have music learning lots of different stuff which i loved. I nearly decided before choosing to learn brass to learn how to play the clarinet. I really don’t know why though but i soon had sense to ask to have brass lessons. My parents where supportive and where glad it was not strings!!!

I started lessons on the tenor horn during year 5 and loved it. I was in the middle school orchestera which was so much fun and i had a nice teacher. After going onto high school, i continued learning and i joined the local youth brass band which was lots of fun. My high school had a great music department where i got fully imersed in the music groups, especially the brass ensemble and brass band and also loved the music lessons we’d have as a class. During year 9, the head of music choose certain good musicians to attend an fast track music group once a week where we would learn stuff and prepare for gcse music which was great fun. When it came to gcse’s, i very nearly choose graphic design because i thought it looked fun because i’ve always loved graphic design instead of music even though i am bad at art and technical stuff but i had sense and choose music in the end. I wouldn’t have got a good mark in it at all had i chosen it. By the end of year 9, I had already achived my grade 5 horn.

GCSE music was the most fun i had for 2 years!!!!! Although we did do work on the theory side and the pratical side with the composing and performance, there was a lot of mucking about due to the pratical natuare of it. We where also very close friends as a group of musicians. In year 11, I had to choose what to do for a levels and as well as applying for the btec music at city college as a backup incase i mucked up badly, i choose to do music and music technology a levels as well as ict at my first choice and photography at my second choice. By the end of year 11, i had achived my grade 6 horn having switched exam boards so i could avoid doing theory >:D (or so i thought)…….

During this time, I left my youth band after getting a invatition to join my first adult band on solo horn. It was a non compeating band who taught me a lot and i am forever grateful for them giving a shy 16 year old the chance to join on solo horn after wanting to join an adult band for a while. I also joined the famous youth band of the worlds most famous colliery band after seeing them live in norwich. I had a fantastic 3 years with them and learnt loads from some legendary players and conductors

I got into my first choice sixth form which was at my high school and i continued with the music a level as well as picking up music technolgy a level. I brought my macbook during this time which went i could get logic and musescore and do far more at home instead of only creating music at school. They where so much fun and my playing and composition technique improved a lot. My two classes where brilliant and i made some brilliant freiends who i am still with contact with. Most of us are studying music of some sort. Although i had to have major thyroid surgery in january 2014 which stopped my playing temporaily as well as bringing on my hypocalcemia starting afterwards, I managed to get my grade 7 horn with distinction by the end of year 13!

After my a levels, due to health stuff happening, i withdrew my uni application for 2014 entry and decided to reapply for 2015 entry to study music. During this time, i focused on improving my musical output by upgrading logic and purchasing sibelius to further my home creative output. I also somehow managed to get my grade 5 theory and also got my grade 8 horn!!! I got into all of my choices and now studying at anglia ruskin which i do not regret at all!

With regards to the performance side I joined my current band after being headhunted to fill a vacancie on first horn before it was even adertised. I however got unexpectdly promoted to cover solo horn for the area and have been there ever since developing a reputation as a good soloist. I’m so glad that i can still play with them now even though i’m studying in cambridge.

I wonder what would have happend if i had not choosen to learn an instrument. Would i have even got a levels or go to university. Proberly not……..

Before i go, i’ll embed a link to my soundcloud and last fm profiles so you can here the music i am making and listening to πŸ™‚

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Best,

Leveridge

A tribute to david bowie

David Bowie is now up there with the stars after falling to earth. Like many of you, I am shocked and sadened by the news like a lot of you are. I didn’t belive my mum at first when she said it. I feel compelled to write my thoughts today so here we go….

He was a massive influence on my music and the way i live my life. The first track i listend to of his was starman and i was hooked. He taught me that it’s ok to be different and avoid the main crowd. His comeback in 2013 was brilliant and some of the best music ever. My favourite album by hime is hunky dory which helped me a lot when i went through a very difficult period in 2013.My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Before I go, I will embed some of my favourite tracks and pictures of him.

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There will never be another David Bowie again. His music will live on forever

Best,

Leveridge

We can be heros, just for one day

I’m not going on about the song. I’m going to be talking about heros and why they can be really inspiring people whatever background they are from.

Anyway, my hero is Charles Trippy. Here’sΒ a piccy of him πŸ™‚

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Anyway, as you can tell he is a musician and he plays bass in the band we the kings. I’ve put my favourite song by them below

As well he is a succsesfull youtuber on his channel ctfxc. The reason why he is my hero is because of the way he has coped and balanced with his professional life with a really horrible illness. In febuary 2012, he had a seizure out of the blue while on tour with his band. After scans showed there to be a tumor in his brain, he had surgery to remove the majority of the tumor which was a success and also showed that there was no cancer. However though, the seizures returned in 2013 and it was decided to remove the rest of the tumor. This worked and he was in rehabilation and hospital for a while afterwards as well as having tempoary speech problems. However though, the tumor was cancerous as grade 3 Oligodendroglioma and he has been undertaking chemtharpy to kill the bug since alhtough he has had many seizures still

The reason why he is my hero is because of the way that he has managed this bad stuff while still vlogging and being in we the kings. Yes he’s had the really bad days like we all day but he has still has continued with this and a smile and good cheer on his face. You can see this passion by just watching a single vlog from the ctfxc channel on youtube.

This has also inspired me and made me just keep breathing when i had a period of bad health. There is a history of thyroid disease on my mums side of the family and i unfortunately got it with a large goitre on thyroid. It grew so big that in the end it had to be operated on to remove it all. I was so nervous and worried about the op as it would be my first ever operation but i had to use the strength and courage charles had to help me through this time. It went well and although there was concerns about my calcium dropping, i was released 2 days after surgery. I also had to use that same courage and determination when i was readmitted a week later with sever hypocalcemia that could have killed me. I have recovered from it after a calcium infusion but i now suffer from hypoparathyroidisim as well which has put me on calcium and vitamin d tablets as well as regular trips to the calcium clinc in the endocrinology department to see my consultant about it. It sucks and the blood tests are a pain but i’ve been very lucky. I have been given a second chance and a different outlook on life.

Before i end this post, i thought i’ll embed the famous song by David Bowie seeming as it’s relevant as well as one of my favourite songs ever.

Best,

Leveridge

Hello

Hello.

Once again, I have chosen a very clichey day to start a blog on. There’s bits all about me on the about tab but to summaries it here, I’m a music student from norwich, based in norwich and studying at anglia ruskin cambridge who suffers from low calcium who plays the horn and now blogs after blogging every day for the year last year! Simple hey! Anyway, i’m planning to post about anything on here as well as general updates but without the pressure of a post every day! I’ll also post my music to which you can listen to here. Sounds like a fair enough deal? Good, awesome

Best,

Leveridge