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The British Music Experience Bus Tour visits Fulston Manor School

British Music Experience bus

Over seventy students from Year 9, 10, 12 and 13 from Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne, Kent, recently explored a touring museum on an old London bus. Sarah Palmer, Young Co-operatives Co-ordinator, reports:

Students from Fulston Manor School pose outside the British Music Experience bus

The British Music Experience, a museum based at London’s O2, have condensed some of their finest equipment to fit onto the London bus and have begun their tour to six very lucky schools around the country. Fulston Manor School was one of the lucky six and the chosen students were thrilled to be given the chance to attend such a fantastic event and learn about the demanding aspects of the music industry.

The bus was split into three sections; the ground floor contained photographic opportunities where the students could pose as famous stars and the amazing dance mat, to strut their stuff. The bottom deck of the bus contained memorabilia from various stars such as Kylie’s guitar worth £10,000, Leona Lewis’s gold microphone, artists’ tour programs and much more. There were stations to listen to iconic music, ranging from The Stone Roses to En Vogue. There was also a touch screen monitor to scroll around the country to see where the famous stars originated. The top deck was transformed into a recording studio with drums, guitars, keyboard, microphones and percussion instruments and also contained video and sound recording so that students were able to record their music.

Fulston Manor students pose outside the British Music Experience bus

The students were split into small groups and on a rotation system where they spent a third of their time in each section of the bus. Students were highly enthusiastic and keen to trial any of the equipment. We had students showing off their Night Fever moves, free-styling to ‘Back To Life,’ and groups of students jamming away upstairs and re-creating songs such as ‘Forget You’, ‘I’m Yours’ and ‘Feeling Good’. The day was mind blowing and we had such an amazing response from all of the students who replied with comments such as; ‘I wish we had longer to record our music’, ‘I have learnt to appreciate music more’ and ‘I want to visit the museum at the O2 to see what else they have’.

Fulston Manor students aboard the British Music Experience bus

I am delighted to say that the day was phenomenal and a true success and I can’t wait to get the bus back to Fulston Manor School for another memorable visit. The event staff were exceptional and the students really bonded with them and I feel that our talented students have had a remarkable experience to remember and help them to develop further as successful musicians.

A guitar on the British Music Experience bus