Tristan da Cunha Education News: Tristan Song Project
The Song Project was a musical collaboration between students at St Mary's School, Tristan, who wrote song lyrics about Tristan, and a music school in Norfolk, English whose students wrote the tunes.

Tristan Song Project

The Tristan Song Project is a collaborative venture between St Mary's School, Tristan and the Norfolk Music School run by Tony Triggs
Songs written by pupils of St Mary's School have been set to music by the Norfolk Music School and are available as a song book.
Money raised contributes to music education on Tristan da Cunha

Tristan Song Project
Song Books, Calendars and Jigsaws


on sale in Tristan Handicraft and Souvenir Shop
in aid of St Mary's School

Tony Triggs has sent Song Books, Calendars and Jigsaws
to the island where they are on sale to personal customers with any proceeds going direct to St Mary's School.

The items remain available to mail-order customers direct from Tony Triggs in the UK : ordering details on his website: www.NorfolkMusicSchool.com/Tristan_Goodies

Concert on Sunday 30th June
Organised by Tristan Association Member Jennifer Oborn and held in Shirley Parish Hall, Southampton

Starring
The Pop Up Guitar Ensemble

who presented songs from the project,
some light hearted acoustic music,
Beatles and Shadows numbers,
Film and TV themes - all making up
pleasant listening
on a summer's afternoon!

The band is called The Pop Up Guitar ensemble and is made up of Southampton-based music teachers and instrumentalists. We were joined by soprano Bobby Noyce who sang some items from Tony's Songbook - see photo above left. Bobby has seen Tristan as a child while returning to UK from Africa! With special thanks to local islander Frank Rogers who set the ball rolling!

The concert went very well and nearly £500 was raised. £250 has been sent to Tony Triggs as Tristan Song Project Jigsaws and Calendars were sold and any profits will go towards funding an extended Tristan Song Project Book which is in preparation. £250 has been sent direct to St Mary's School on Tristan da Cunha for teachers to use to further music education as they think fit. We will report on what has been purchased when this is known.

Young Composers' Competition

Setting 'Rockhopper Penguins' to Music

Result Announced

On 27 th March, Jim Kerr judged the Song Project competition, awarding first prize to 11-year-old Jasmine Sayer of North Walsham and second prize to Kirsty Woods of Southampton, also 11.

To see and hear Jasmine’s melody with accompaniment by Tony Triggs go on www.NorfolkMusicSchool.com/young_composers_competition.

Better still, hear performances of both winning songs at a Tristan-themed concert in Southampton on June 30 th. (Details to follow.)

Congratulations to the young composers and also to lyricist Kimberley Green of Tristan.

The original setting of Kimberley's words by Tony Triggs has become a signature tune for the Project. Thanks to the competition, this could soon be replaced with prize-winning music by Kimberley's contemporaries, thereby linking child with child across the oceans – always the Project’s central aim.

Jasmine Sayer
who won the 1st Prize
Kirsty Woods
who won the 2nd Prize
Kimberley Green
who composed the poem

Tristan Song Project Stamps issued on 14th February 2013
Extract from the February 2013 Newsletter Post Office pages

The Tristan Song Project is described in Pobjoy’s press release as ‘a model for similar projects worldwide and further information may be found at www. NorfolkMusicSchool.com’ which we are pleased to copy and endorse.
The issue consists of four stamps, each with an image or part image of a musical instrument traditionally found on the
island or supplied by the Project, along with words from some of the Project songs and jauntily-presented music notation.

The 35p (recorder) stamp quotes the nonsense song “When Fish Get the Flu”.
The 45p (violin) stamp has words from “Rockhopper Penguins,” reflecting the waddling antics of these much-loved island inhabitants.
The 70p (guitar) stamp features “The Volcano’s Black,” whose menacing words match the smouldering menace of Tristan’s volcano.
The £1.10p (accordion) stamp contains words from “The Molly”, a bird whose cry haunts the island’s gaunt cliff s.

Stamps are available for purchase from
the Tristan da Cunha Post Office
from 14th February 2013
- see Post Office section

a Jigsaw using the First Day Cover design
shown above is also available direct from the Norfolk Music School - see below

Song Project News from Tony Triggs
from the February 2013 Tristan Newsletter

The Song Project has had an exciting six months. In the UK, the annual Project garden party saw Project songs receive their first professional performance, given by Charlotte Joyce. Her programme included settings of poems by Janine, Caryn, Rachel, Linda, Dean, Conchita, Natalie, Lynette and Riaan.

In October 2012 UK supporters were delighted when St Mary’s guitarists showed off their newfound talent to passengers from the Agulhas II. Two years ago, those guitars were in England, being packaged for the hazardous journey to Tristan. Since their arrival, Jim has helped the children to make the most of this gift, and the Agulhas evening showed the Project in action. Hopefully the Song Project will continue to be fostered in St Mary’s School after Jim Kerr’s departure.
2013 should see an island edition of the songbook, and a BBC broadcast as well as the February stamp issue. The Project still has its songbooks, mugs and tee-shirts for sale, and now there’s a Project jigsaw puzzle!

The 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle measuring 48 X 69 cm has just gone into production to boost Tristan Song Project funds.

It shows the Song Project stamps on their first day cover – a lively design with cheery cartoon children playing assorted musical instruments.

Stamp collectors, jigsaw lovers and anyone wanting a special gift can see the jigsaw and ordering details on www.NorfolkMusicSchool.com/Tristan_Goodies

St Mary’s School pupils entertain SA Agulhas II visitors in October 2012 using guitars provided by funds raised
through the Tristan Song Project

Tony Triggs' image of a completed Tristan Song Project Jigsaw

Song Project Update
Extract from Education Adviser Jim Kerr's article in the August 2012 Newsletter

The song project with the Norfolk Music School continues. The guitars that we received from the sale of ‘Rockhopper Penguins and Other Songs’ in the UK are in use; eight youngsters are
receiving regular lessons. The more advanced guitar group have learned the chords to accompany a ‘Volcano’ song with words from Rachel Green and music by Tony Triggs.

The songwriters are very pleased with special T shirts that the Norfolk school sent us and look forward to wearing them
when singing to the community or visitors.

Pupils with their guitars and T Shirts from the Norfolk Project

Tristan Song Project Update by Tony Triggs
from the February 2012 Tristan Newsletter

The Tristan Song Project continues to take its inspiration from poems by St Mary’s pupils which my (mainly) young composers in England turn into songs. Among recent songs are The Moody Sea with words by Dean, Natalie and Kimmy, and The Sea at Night, with words by Caryn.

I’ve featured three or four of the songs in a Tristan Song Project lecture-recital and Jim sometimes leads performances to cruise ship passengers visiting Tristan.

With this in mind, the Project is giving all the young Tristan poet/performers Song Project T shirts. With luck, they will have reached the island before or with this Newsletter. The five guitars sent earlier took up to seven months, so one never knows!

Photos from Tony Triggs above show:

Above: Project T-shirt Logo;

Left : Project T-shirt worn by Marisa Cordoba who set Dean’s poem ‘The
Rooster’ to music;

Far Left: Bethany Whitaker, recital soloist (and Tony’s grand-daughter) singing
‘A Grateful Beak’ in appropriate costume!

The BBC will feature the Project and the exile of 1961 in a radio programme expected to be broadcast in 2013. This presents an enormous opportunity! The BBC would like one or two ‘Volcano’ songs to include in the broadcast and island-born poets of any age are welcome to contribute poems for setting, especially if they’re in regular verses. No one in the world can write about volcanoes like the people of Tristan! The Project songbook Rockhopper Penguins and Other Songs, published last year, is still on sale at
£7.50, and at the moment I have a dozen copies of a special ‘Penguin Rescue’ edition. This contains an extra song From a Grateful Beak, in which a penguin thanks the people of Tristan for saving it from the Oliva’s oil.

The Project will take a big step forwards when an island edition of the songbook appears – something Jim and Dawn are planning. It will also get a major boost when the island issues a set of Song Project stamps in 2012/13. May Tristan da Cunha once again be what it was up to 1961 – an island of song!
The songbook can be obtained from:
Tony Triggs, Norfolk Music School, Mere House, Brewery Road, Trunch, North Walsham NR28 0PU ~ top.note@yahoo.co.uk
~ or from Miles Apart.

Tristan Music Project guitars arrive
From Jim Kerr's article in the August 2011 Tristan Newsletter

When the Edinburgh arrived in early June we were delighted to receive five guitars sent from the UK and funded by sales of ‘Rockhopper Penguins and Other Songs’, a book produced in association with the Norfolk Music School.

Enthusiasm for learning to play the guitar is high and when I asked classes 2 to 5 who would like to have lessons, seventeen students showed an interest! I intend to start lessons in the near future and will initially cater for 10 students each sharing one of the new guitars.

Left: Photo from Jim Kerr taken on 15th June 2011 showing St Mary's School pupils with the newly arrived guitars funded by sales of the song book organised by Tony Triggs

Rockhopper Penguins and Other Songs
by the pupils of St Mary's School, Tristan da Cunha and Norfolk Music School, UK
Edited by Tony Triggs

Copies of the collaborative book are available
at £7.50 including P&P
from Tony Triggs
(to whom cheques should be made payable)


Norfolk Music School, Mere House, Brewery Road,
Trunch, North Walsham NR28 0PU, UK


Email: top.note@yahoo.co.uk

 The book contains 14 songs – 13 with words by Tristan children and one called ‘Ratting Day’ with words from Jim Kerr. It is in A4 format and comb bound so that it opens flat. The songs are presented for treble voice and piano, and there are guitar chords too. Any profits from this edition will provide musical instruments for St Mary’s School on Tristan.

Also available from Miles Apart
see our Bookshop Section

Tristan Song Project Update
September 2011

Tristan da Cunha - Island of Song -
Report from Tony Triggs
The Tristan Song Project continues to take its inspiration from poems by St Mary’s pupils, which my (mainly) young composers in England turn into songs. Under Jim’s guidance, the poets have sung selections of their songs to cruise ship passengers, and here in Norfolk they’ve recently featured in a Tristan Song Project lecture-recital.
Early this year, the Project received wide coverage in Music Teacher magazine, and I was pleased to receive an unsolicited enquiry from BBC radio regarding the possibility of producing a programme on the Project. Jim and I are hoping that this will come to fruition!
The Project songbook Rockhopper Penguins and Other Songs, published last year, currently features one additional song: From a Grateful Beak. The words are those of a thankful penguin, saved from the Oliva’s oil by the people of Tristan da Cunha. I am still supplying the songbook at £7.50 and at the moment I have a dozen copies of the special ‘Penguin Rescue’ edition with the extra song. See our separate Bookshop Section for details of how to buy the book.

Photo of St Mary's School pupils enjoying the guitars provided from funds raised from the Tristan Song Project.

Jim Kerr writes: 'We were delighted to receive five guitars sent from the UK and funded by sales of ‘Rockhopper Penguins and Other Songs’, a book produced in association with the Norfolk Music School. Enthusiasm for learning to play the guitar is high and when I asked classes 2 to 5 who would like to have lessons, seventeen students showed an interest! I intend to start lessons in the near future and will initially cater for 10 students each sharing one of the new guitars.

Norfolk Music School pupil
Bethany Whitaker

singing the song
'From a grateful beak'

in wonderfully appropriate dress!

A Song Project Garden Party

was held
in Norfolk
on Saturday 6 August
and the Project 'signature song'
"Rockhopper Penguins"
was sung and recorded,
with a view to making it available
to a BBC producer
who wants to do a programme
on the Project.

Watch this space for details!

 

Song Project Christmas Cards

Christmas cards in aid of the Song Project are available post free
at £3.50 for 10 or £9.50 for 30
(envelopes included).

Please make cheques payable to Tony Triggs and send orders to;
Mere House, Brewery Road, Trunch, North Walsham NR28 0PU;


or to order by credit card please ring Music Hut, North Walsham,
on 01692 409716
during business hours.

For future dispatches, the school has mentioned recorders and keyboards, while another idea is to get some simple accordions called melodeons. The Project will take a big step forwards when an island edition of the songbook appears – something Jim Kerr and Dawn Repetto are working on. It will also get a major boost when the island issues a set of Song Project stamps in 2012/13, while my personal dream is for the songs to come out on CD.

Islanders of any age are welcome to contribute poems to the Project, especially if they’re in regular verses. One never knows which turn of phrase will get people singing!

Tony D Triggs, Norfolk Music School ~ top.note@yahoo.co.uk

Introducing the Project
Extract from Jim Kerr's article in the August 2010 Tristan Newsletter:

We should like to thank Ingrid van der Merwe who, before she left Tristan in March, enjoyed taking Class 3 for some English lessons, including leading the children in the writing of poetry that could be turned into song. Her efforts were rewarded and all the pupils in the class produced entertaining poems linked to their life on Tristan. I sent the poems to Tony Triggs who runs a music school in Norfolk. Tony is keen for the Norfolk Music School to develop links with St. Mary’s School and he and his students set about writing music to accompany most of the poems.

This project has been very successful, members of Class 3 are delighted with the results and we have started to learn some of the songs starting with ‘Rockhopper Penguins’, written by Kimberley Green and Tony Triggs. This project has resulted in some new friendships and some of Class 3 have started to communicate regularly with their partners in Norfolk. Tony has gathered the songs together in a book entitled ‘Rockhopper Penguins and Other Songs’, and Tristan pupils will be working enthusiastically on some new poems motivated by the lovely music from Norfolk.