The lead up to Christmas is a busy time for us as we get asked to record a large number of Primary Schools all over the UK. This year, once again we have travelled to almost the four corners of the country recording pupils singing their Christmas songs. One of our favourite recordings of the season was at Newburgh Primary School just outside of Warwick.
About the School
Newburgh Primary School is a thriving two form entry school. Situated on the South West approach to Warwick, Newburgh is within walking distance of the Chase Meadow housing development and a stone’s throw from the racecourse.
Newburgh has undergone a period of rapid growth over the last four years with numbers of children in the school doubling. New and original buildings now sit side by side following an extensive building programme which has now been fully completed.
When we arrived at the school the temperature outside was only just above freezing. Luckily the hall which was ear marked for the recording was pleasantly warm. However, it is always a good idea to be slightly suspicious of warm venues as it turned out the heating did make quite a lot of noise. Fortunately it could easily be switched on between takes to keep the room pleasantly warm.
As always, we aim to set up early so the school have the whole day to make the recording. Recordings 4 Schools always fit in around the school day and timetable so there is plenty of time to record. In order to fit everything in, on this occasion the school choir had come in early and we started recording at 0815. We then started recording the year groups from just after 9am, allowing around 30 minutes for each year group.
With this recording being on Remembrance Day, there was of course a 2 minute silence at 11am. We decided not to record that!
The recording ran to schedule all day. Rather unusually for a primary school recording, all the songs were accompanied on the piano / keyboard by a Governor of the school. There is of course nothing wrong with using backing tracks and I can understand this is a lot easier when teaching songs to children of primary school age. However, it’s always nice to see ‘live’ performance still going on in schools.
The front cover was designed by one of the pupils. This is our preferred design concept for Primary School CDs. At Recordings 4 Schools we think it is important to give the pupils as much input to the project as possible. TO find out more about how to create artwork for your School CD project please click here to visit our information page.