This year the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) launched Shake It Up, a new musical arrangement competition for Schools. Music teachers from across the UK are invited to make the most of their SPML by submitting a unique arrangement of published music. The competition celebrates the passion and dedication behind music education, and showcases the importance of printed music.
Out of the 6 finalists, Iain Wilkinson, guitar teacher at Keswick School, was declared the first ever winner of the competition for his arrangement of Greg Lake’s classic hit, ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’, made for the school’s Senior Guitar Ensemble. The arrangement was commended for its variation and use of dynamics. Along with their trophy, the school will receive £700 to spend on music resources for their music department.
Shake It Up has enjoyed a wonderful first year and through its entries has seen the rich and diverse nature of music education in the UK. Shake It Up will return later this year so keep an eye out on their website for updates and maybe we’ll be toasting your success next year!