Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Pupils sing their school’s praises by recording single

DJ and music producer Micky Modelle with Gemma Bradley and fellow pupils from St Patrick’s College (from left) Hannah Ferguson, Marie Terese Mullan, Deborah Mulholland, Adele McGrogan and Orlaith Convery

Not many schoolchildren get a music lesson from a superstar DJ who has remixed a Jessie J chart-topping dance hit.

But now one of Northern Ireland’s best-known producers has turned his talents to helping out a Maghera school.

Micky Modelle lent his skills to a bunch of wannabe pop stars from St Patrick’s College hoping to make their mark in music.

Nine children have worked with Modelle to produce their very own addition to the world’s biggest music store, iTunes — a first for any Northern Ireland school. The track — written and performed entirely by pupils as young as 13 — hopes to raise much needed funds for the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations this year.

The song, Come On In, tells the story of the school from the perspective of its pupils.

The school is now hoping radio stations across Northern Ireland pick up on their track and make it a hit over the coming weeks.

The ingenious money-raising track has gone on sale at Apple’s iTunes online music store.

One of those who took part was Year 12 student Aine Brolly from Dungiven, who said the track reflected each of the “great things we love about the school”.

“We called the band the SPC Crew as the school is called SPC for short and we wanted to celebrate that,” she said.

“It’s been a real bonus that people of all ages are now humming Come On In. It’s so catchy that once people hear it, they are hooked.”

Modelle said the credit for the track “lies entirely with the pupils”.

“While the production of the track was very important I would have had nothing to produce if it hadn’t been for the really talented young people from St Patrick’s College and the vision of the teachers there,” he said.

Helping to attract more listeners, the school is also launching an accompanying music video, to debut on YouTube next month.

Principal Anne Scott said the school’s first professionally produced track was “an example of how we offer a unique learning environment for students”.

“The process was an invaluable project allowing our students to understand more fully the practice of writing and producing music,” she said.

Those keen to hear the efforts of the school can download the track from Apple’s iTunes store for a mere 79p.



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