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The power and passion of these young people takes my breath away.
To describe how magical this performance was – live on July 5th – is simply impossible.
This song is called Unbreakable and it’s about that deep part inside us that allows us to thrive no matter what life throws at us.
Let’s rewind to 6 months earlier where these 70 children from 5 different schools met for the first time.
We wanted to create a choir that brought together talented singers from across Leeds to form a single, unified collection of voices.
From those nervous first steps and first hellos they became the most awesome team and we saw seismic shifts in confidence and self-belief along the way.
Young people connecting with themselves – both as individuals and each other, elevating their souls and voices in the way that only music knows how in the process was truly epic.
The lead soloist here is a very special individual indeed.
We watched her gradually find her power, and the self-confidence to unleash her voice with freedom.
It was one of those experiences where the whole Class Dynamix journey was captured in a single moment.
This quiet, softly spoken individual coming alive, and through her fears and self-doubts, she rose up – inspiring the whole choir to do the same.
What a story – and hers is one of many that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of, and create these songs and opportunities where young people can soar.
Horton Grange – a beautiful, historic and colourful school in Bradford approached us not long ago to help them create their own unique song and film to celebrate their awesomeness!
How could we say no?!
In our first lyric writing session with their children – we explained how from a blank piece of paper, our creativity was going to grow something awesome. A child replied, “Like a seed into a flower?” – and from that very line we were away!!
Enjoy! We are also super excited to announce that Horton Grange have since joined our Gold Partnership programme for 2023/24 – so we will be seeing a lot more of them come September! We can’t wait 🙂
Edgerton is a beautiful city in Midwest America that we had the incredible privilege of composing a school anthem for.
This song is about the power of connection, about re-igniting and rediscovering our spark that may have been dimmed and living our best lives in our community.
What an amazing honour to serve these wonderful people.
We’ve just returned from our American adventure over in Wisconsin – in a beautiful pocket of the mid-west collaborating with Edgerton Community Elementary and Yahara Valley Elementary schools. We will be processing the powerful impacts of this unique project for a long time to come – but Tristan McGough’s article is a beautifully eloquent summation of the world premiere performances of their songs that were unleashed last Saturday at the EPAC!
Well this is all rather exciting.
We’ve spent the past 2 months composing 2 exciting school song anthems for 2 AMAZING organisations in in the Edgerton School District, WI – America.
We revealed their new, bespoke compositions to the district school board and all the children last week via a virtual “unveiling” showcase!
But wait there’s more…we have been invited as special guests to the world premiere live performance in April – where we will fly out to enjoy the schools performances of the songs!
We are so excited to come and enjoy the magic of their live performance!
Introducing Empowered YOU – a new series of bitesized video’s to help empower young people and inspire classrooms. Episodes will include song activities, motivation, wisdom and content that will empower kids to build their character and grow their mindset
Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund.
Our new weekly series – Empowered YOU starts on Wednesday September 22nd!
Weekly bitesize videos to empower kids and inspire classrooms in primary schools far and wide.
Get ready for song activities, weekly wisdom and motivation, games and special guest interviews.
Check out this beautiful school anthem that we created with the special folks at Mount Pleasant Primary in Huddersfield.
A huge well done to all the kids and staff for their wonderful work!
To celebrate the wonderful people and community of Music Federation – and to unite the 2 school sites of Windmill and Low Road primary’s – we helped them create this epic anthem and film.
Our gold partnership schools are incredible and they have truly embraced our work for many years – we’ve enjoyed some epic adventures along the way…
Executive headteacher, Andy Gamble said;
“With Class Dynamix we have experienced huge TV adverts, arena and stadium performances, as well as the global stage of Britain’s Got Talent in front of millions of people around the world. More importantly, Class Dynamix have helped nurture wonderful character, self-esteem and growth mindsets in our kids. We love our anthem – they have perfectly captured our essence as an organisation”
WOW! We were so honoured to be invited by Middleton Primary in Leeds to help them create a special leavers song and video to celebrate their Year 6 classes.
This was such a special project for us and we are thrilled with the end result. To bring everyone together at the end of such a difficult period of their lives was a real joy and privilege.
A big well done to all the kids, and a huge thank you to all the Year 6 staff who worked so brilliantly to make this possible. We wish you all the very best for High School – and that you continue to believe in yourselves. Your legacies certainly do live on!
We hope all you parents enjoy watching this for many years to come!
So we spent our time during another lockdown at home making a whole host of times tables courses for you! There is a separate course from the 2’s right the way up to the 12’s – and they are available on our Reel Platform!
Here’s the link
The idea is to celebrate being back together as a class group, learning multiplication through a fun and funky way and to interact as a team! Ditch those devices and get on board with our courses!
So here we are in another lockdown. I know it’s tough. I had a low moment this week as the news came in, I’m sure many of you were/are the same. So, I woke up today determined to bring some positivity and kindness to all you kids now at home once again.
So, every Tuesday at 12pm I will be uploading a short multiplication workout to YouTube for kids to stay sharp during this lockdown.
The first one dropped today – it was the 2 times table – random order – ENJOY!
Our exclusive version of Light up for Leeds that we made for the 2020 city lights virtual switch-on is here!
Featuring kids from Windmill Primary, and made in partnership with Child Friendly Leeds, Shine and Crisp Thinking – we hope this song inspires you to rise up and shine bright in our city!
We are so excited to announce we are part of a star-studded line-up for this years Christmas Lights switch-on in Millennium square in Leeds.
This is a first in a year of many “firsts” as the the whole event will be streamed virtually on YouTube.
We will be presenting an exclusive new video of our song “Light up for Leeds” with a group of children from Windmill Primary.
The song carries a meaning of hope and inspiration at this time where people are needed to “rise-up” after all the challenges of this year.
It was created in partnership with Child Friendly Leeds, Shine and Crisp Thinking.
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Every Monday I will be releasing a bitesized 5 minute video of positivity and good vibes for kids to watch either before school, or in their classroom to help boost their mood, grow their mindset and bring a little bit of wisdom into their lives!
Here’s the very first one, it’s on GRATITUDE!
Gratitude is a great way to lift our mood, change our internal state and well…just help us feel good!
Enjoy this free singalong gift with your kids! It’s a song all about our amazing connection to each other and all life – how giving and GIVING even more is the way of true growth!
OR…if you would like to download the backing track, you can make a donation of £6 or more – all proceeds help us make more great songs for you to enjoy! You can get that HERE
Finally a huge well done to the children of St John’s CE Primary, Bradford for your wonderful singing and support in bringing this wonderful gift for all schools to enjoy to LIFE!
So tomorrow we will be releasing a free singalong video to help you celebrate Harvest! Featuring voices from St John’s CE Primary, Bradford – this gift of kindness will be live on YouTube at 8pm on Sunday October 4th!
It’s a song that celebrates giving, sharing and growing at a time when the world needs to pull together more than ever.
We will share the link tomorrow both on here and on our social channels!
We’re still overwhelmed by the judges comments across our #BGT adventure…here’s a select few of our faves…
“Every child in the world should be singing THAT SONG guys…that’s how you tackle bullying”- Alesha Dixon
“This is such a strong message, we’ve never heard a choir like you before…this was one of the best we’ve heard” – Simon Cowell
“You guys are a complete VIBE…this is the kind of group that I would want my kids to literally be a part of – the arrangement, the concept, the lyrics..I LOVE you guys and I loved that performance” – Ashley Banjo
“That song…i’m singing it in my head now, it’s so catchy, you were so inspiring I loved it!” – Amanda Holden
“It’s such a positive message, I found it really really impressive…you guys are the FUTURE” – David Walliams
To be praised and recognised in life is a wonderful thing, not only have these kids worked very hard this year, but as a venture we have been developing and creating this work over many many years.
These comments mean the world.
#praise #bgt #classdynamix #positivity
We are so proud and still buzzing from Saturday nights semi-final performance.
We are so happy that our essence, courage and spirit were captured by Britain’s Got Talent and their team. 2020 has been the most challenging year EVER yet these kids from Music Federation Leeds stood up and delivered a knockout performance of our song “I Am”.
Performing outdoors is never an easy task yet these guys stood and delivered brilliantly.
To know that our message has gone global is incredible, and we can say with all our heart, that miracles happen when you believe!
Thank you to everyone who cheered us on, we hope we made you proud!
O…M…G! We cannot believe it but we have been named as one of the semi-finalists for Britain’s Got Talent 2020! 30 children from Windmill and Low Road Primary schools – impressed the 4 judges with their surprise performance of our anti-bullying song and have earned their place in the semi-finals!
We wanted to take a moment to give praise to 6 superstar young people who have truly contributed to Class Dynamix since we began back in 2014. Character, class, talent and charisma…these guys have it all. From music videos viewed across the world, to stadiums filled with 16,000 people and Arena shows…these guys truly left a legacy. Even though they’ve all moved onto high-school and beyond, we know that the future is very bright for these wonderful young people. Danny
We’re still in a state of shock and bewilderment?! What felt like a dream back in February ACTUALLY happened – watching it again last night on ITV brought back the memories of what was simply the craziest day of our lives. Having Mr Simon Cowell himself stroll into school and surprise us with an audition was the most bonkers moment you could imagine. There are no words to describe the emotions and shock we felt.
We were so grateful for the opportunity to perform in Manchester and to show the world the Class Dynamix vibe. The adrenalin was incredible, the atmosphere was electric and the feedback has been so encouraging. Thank you thank you THANK YOU! Danny
Here’s the surprise once again
This feels like the most surreal news we’ve ever shared but tonight, Class Dynamix will be lighting up the stage on Britain’s Got Talent! 32 incredible kids from our Gold Partnership School – Music Federation, Leeds – showed the most amazing courage to stand-up and deliver the most exciting performance we have ever seen.
The kids were given a “surprise audition” in person by none other than Simon Cowell himself. We were whisked off by coach to Manchester there and then, and we experienced one of the most exhilarating moments of our lives.
Tonight, millions of people will witness the work we have been pioneering in schools for many years. Young people, growing their characters, finding their courage and releasing their inner magic without fear into the world! We are so excited.
Let’s do this! Danny
Hey everybody! We just wanted to reach out and send everyone our best vibes and wishes – especially all you teachers and kids out there. You are truly unique. You are so powerful and full of amazing potential. Keep growing yourself through this whole global situation, and shining your light wherever you are! Danny
This project was incredible. St Peter’s CE JI & EY school in Birstall is such a gem of a school. They nurture their kids in a special way and we feel so privileged to have been able to work with them in creating their own school song and music video. It’s a real colour fest that truly captures the spirit of their unique community. We are so proud of this piece of work and of all the children and staff involved. We can’t wait to work with them again.
We wrote this song way back at the beginning of our journey in 2014. We knew instantly that this song had a special power to it. We also knew that we would release it when the time was right. Well the time is now. Featuring a wonderful member of our group this year called Sophie, this song is all about rising up when haters hate and life gets tough. It celebrates courage, resilience and shining your unique light into the world with power and abandon. We all have a unique magic inside us that the world needs and will leave it a better place. Enjoy
This project was as much fun as it looks! We had the BEST time with these awesome kids at this very special school in Bradford. We really wanted to help them create a song that captured that unique energy and spirit – built around their motto of “Believe and Succeed” and running the race of life with courage and endurance. With a “School of Rock” feel – we totally love the finished piece. Enjoy!
We are so excited to share this incredible piece of work that the children at Windmill C of E created with us. Their own school anthem called The Windmill Way truly captures their special spirit, their kind heart as a community and their total awesomeness as a school. We are very proud of you all and well done on an amazing project. Thank you for having us!
Here is the official music video for Light Up For Leeds. Made in partnership with Child Friendly Leeds and sponsored by Shine and Crisp Thinking – the final film features footage shot at our incredible showcase at the First Direct Arena back in July at the Teach First Conference.
It features children from Low Road & Windmill Music Federation, Shakespeare, Middleton and Rothwell Primary schools.
You can download a lyric sheet and find more info including the lyric video link here
The new music video for Light Up For Leeds – our project delivered in partnership with Child Friendly Leeds and co-sponsored by Shine Leeds and Crisp Thinking – will be unveiled alongside another live performance of the song at Leeds Town Hall on October 8th at 4.20pm. The performance will conclude the Council Leadership Conference 2019.
It will feature children from our stellar school collection of Windmill/Low Road Music Federation, Shakespeare, Middleton and Rothwell Primaries.
The lyric video/song words will be available online for all Leeds children to learn and use in their schools.
We are struggling to put into words how much we enjoyed performing at Leeds Arena for the TeachFirst Conference 2019 yesterday. It was a dream come true and to see the kids from 5 of our favourite partner schools shining and bursting with power and courage was incredible. The atmosphere was electric, the crowd were awesome and we are filled with gratitude for the opportunity. We certainly brought the Class Dynamix vibe to the party!
A huge thank you to the organisers, every staff member who came and supported, our sponsors and partners for Light Up For Leeds, all the parents who came along and most importantly to all the kids. You are Class Dynamix. What a night.
Last year saw our group from Shakespeare Primary crowned winners of Leeds Got Talent. This year, however Danny has been asked to be one of the guest judges on the panel! We’re really excited to see all the amazing acts that will be performing at next months event at The Royal Armouries.
Here’s a few pics and the One Leeds song from last year to enjoy!
We are so proud that the message is travelling far and wide and we wish the performers the very best of luck as they perform our song!
For songpack/licensing enquiries contact Danny directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are super excited to announce that Class Dynamix have been involved in the music on the new Sainsbury’s Christmas advert. We were approached by WMP in Leeds who were working with String and Tins in London to record at their base in Eiger Studios. We chose and directed 14 kids from our Gold Partnership School at Windmill/Low Road Music Federation to sing the choir parts throughout the song. The advert was directed by Michael Gracey from The Greatest Showman. We are so proud of our work on this and very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to be a part of something so awesome. To think that millions of people are hearing this is mind-blowing!!!
We are super excited to announce that Low Road & Windmill Music Federation have become the first ever Class Dynamix Gold Partnership School! This is a hugely significant moment for us and our future as a venture. We have been developing our relationship with this awesome school for the past few years. They were part of our “Turn on the Lights” project at Leeds Rhino’s and they also starred in our “Safe Online” music video project which has amassed 16k Youtube views and rising! Pictured below is Executive Headteacher Andrew Gamble receiving their beautiful wall plaque which has taken pride of place in their entrance hall.
Mr Gamble stated ” We have seen first-hand how his passion and positive messages have affected our children and complimented what we are pursuing as a school in developing the whole individual. We are so excited and proud to become the first Class Dynamix Gold Partnership school for 2018/19″
Our recent project with South Milford Primary has received some press attention in the Yorkshire Evening Post this week. If your school would like it’s own school anthem – contact us today!
A huge well done to our group from Shakespeare Primary School who were crowned Leeds Got Talent champions 2018 last night. Competing against 9 superb acts from different high-schools, the group produced 2 electric performances of our One Leeds song.
We were so proud of everybody involved on what was a wonderful night for the kids, the school and for Class Dynamix!!
We received an awesome e-mail recently from a school that enjoyed our “I Go” songpack that we released back in September. We really were touched by these words and to know our music is having an impact far and wide. Thank you so much Miss Haines and all the kids at St Marys and St Peters CofE Primary School.
Hi Danny, I got in touch with you a little while ago after coming across ‘I Go’ quite by accident on Facebook. It was so nice to come across an upbeat song with such a great message that didn’t have that typical ‘school’ feel to it. At the end of last year I taught it to my Junior Choir – a great bunch of 55 Y3 & 4 children who have absolutely loved learning it. Just before Christmas I invited all their parents into our singing assembly where they performed the song in front of 400 other KS2 children. We made a video of the performance for you by way of saying thank you for inspiring us. The children could not have enjoyed learning the song more! Every rehearsal has left us all beaming and so many members of staff walking past the hall have stopped in their tracks to listen to the choir singing your song. Here’s the Dropbox link – I hope you’re able to view it ok. As a music teacher, song-writer and performer myself, I must say that teaching this song has been one of the most uplifting things I’ve done in my 11 years of teaching. ‘I Go’ is so well-written and that backing track that just grooves!!! So thank you for all you have done and are doing to make music in schools such a joy. You have had the children of St Mary’s & St Peter’s singing with their hearts as well as their voices. With very best wishes, Kelly Haines (Music Co-Ordinator) St Mary’s & St Peter’s CE Primary School Somerset Road Teddington TW11 8RX”
We are very excited right now! Firstly – we are creating our brand new “Class Dynamix Shop” and our classic track “Bullying Stop” can be downloaded right now as part of an awesome teacher pack. With Anti-Bullying week fast approaching – why not treat your school and get your hands on the pack today?
We are very excited to present our new promo video showcasing some of our work in schools. It includes interviews with Danny Gough and exclusive “behind-the-scenes” footage from our latest video shoot at Shakespeare Primary, Leeds.
We are very excited to be performing once again as special guests at this year’s Leeds Got Talent with Shakespeare Primary. The kids raised the roof in 2016 with “Turn on the Lights” and this year they will be performing our brand new song “I Go”.
The kids have been working hard all month with us and we are buzzing to see them ignite the stage at this years event. Bring it on!
Our Wharfe Valley Trust project is under way and we are very excited as we prepare for our combined performance at Boston Spa High School at the end of February. We are working with 7 primary schools in and around the Wetherby area – focusing on anti-bullying awareness whilst bringing all the schools together to unite powerfully as one collective voice.
America’s largest anti-bullying campaigners – The Bully Project – have shared our new video for Bullying Stop on their social media channels. They have over a million followers and the view count of our song is going up big time! More importantly – people are talking about Leeds all over the globe and seeing how awesome kids from Middleton are. We’ve known that for a long time. But now the whole world is starting to know it. About time 😉
As we prepare for our summer break, we wanted to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our stellar school of the year – Middleton Primary. The departing Year 6 class have been “front and centre” at every live event, bringing their A-game to every performance. The following montage captures many of our unforgettable moments this year and these wonderful young people we have had the privilege of working with.
This week marks the premiere of our first musical production for Yr 6+ – Give It All You Got. Hosted and featuring the incredible young people from Middleton Primary, Leeds, The play celebrates courage over adversity, believing in yourself and rising when you fall. Here’s the trailer to give you a taste…
Class Dynamix have humbly received a certificate from Leeds City Council Inner-East Committee in recognition of our work in the community.
We are very thankful to be have been recognised at their “Community Heroes” event and we will cherish this certificate a lot more than the postman has!
Tuesday May 25th saw 70 children from 4 Leeds schools to unite at Headingley once again to deliver 2 incredibly powerful performances at an awards ceremony for Children’s Services. The children were from Middleton Primary, Shakespeare Primary and Windmill/Low Rd Music Federation.
Performing 2 of our “big hits” from 2015-16 “One Leeds” and “Turn On The Lights”, the kids received a rousing reception once again for their passionate display.
We are so proud of them all and we cannot believe the incredible year of performances we have witnessed!
The powerful and super-catchy Turn On The Lights song is now available as a FREE download for all Leed’s Schools! The license covers all “in-school” usage including assemblies, choirs, concerts – basically anything you want on your school premises!
You can <a href=”http://classdynamix.com/turn-on-the-lights/”>download the songpack HERE</a>
Shakespeare Primary gave an electric performance tonight of our new domestic violence awareness song – Turn On The Lights – at the magnificent Royal Armouries, New Dock venue. The school were special guest stars of the “Leeds Got Talent” event, and we were very honoured to support them as one of our core schools we work with. The night featured teenagers from high schools from across Leeds, the level of talent was unbelievable! A big well done to all involved and it was another unforgettable moment for Class Dynamix.
So here we are. Last Friday night – April 1st 2016 – saw 120 children from across 6 Leeds Primary Schools make a defiant stance against domestic violence by performing this song together in front of 17,000 fans at Leeds Rhinos vs Hull KR at Headingley stadium.
The 6 schools taking part were: Windmill and Low Road Music Federation, Sharp Lane, Middleton, Middleton St Mary’s and Shakespeare Primary. Their performance was not only electric and passionate – but they went about their whole business inside the stadium with great maturity and professionalism. We are so proud of all these young people who showed the courage to deliver this important message. Everybody needs and deserves a home which is safe and nourishing. Let’s work together to make that happen. Let’s “turn on the lights”.
Class Dynamix are proud to announce we will be rocking our One Leeds song on March 8th 2016 at Leeds Town Hall for this years International Women’s Event. The song will be performed once again by the awesome kids from Middleton who did such an amazing job at last year’s Leadership Conference at LCM. We are totally buzzing to perform in such a great venue and we will be bringing our A-game once again!
We are extremely excited to announce that we will be performing one of our song’s on April 1st 2016 at Leeds Rhino’s vs Hull KR at Headingley Stadium. The performance will feature 100 children from across 3 Leeds schools who will be making a stance against domestic violence. The project is a collaboration between ourselves, Leeds Rhino’s Foundation, Behind Closed Doors, Leeds Council and Family Valued. More news to follow but safe to say…we are totally buzzing!
Just before Christmas, we were very privileged to work with Middleton St Marys School and a group of their children to produce a new song that captured their school values. Here is a snippet of the song that was created – a big well done to the smaller songwriting group who went on to both perform and teach it to the entire school. It was an awesome project and you should be very proud of the quality of your work!
Our new song campaign for the Spring/Summer 2015 is called Dynamite. The video feature’s children from Shakespeare Primary, Leeds and is available as a workshop or community project. It targets both healthy eating and exercise. Here’s a snippet!
Meet Em Gregory of Middleton Primary, Leeds. She is our Class Dynamix Superstar of the Month! Em is not only an awesome singer, performer and dancer but her character and attitude are FIRST CLASS! She is holding our brand new certificate, designed and printed by the excellent Abbey Printers of Bradford. She really deserves this award and has set the bar extremely high. Well done Em – you ROCK!!
We are proud to announce we will be commencing a brand new anti-bullying extended project courtesy of Leeds City Council Inner East Community. Well-being funding has been awarded by your local Ward Members through the Inner East Community Committee – Burmantofts & Richmond Hill, Gipton & Harehills, Killingbeck & Seacroft.
The young people will be working with Danny Gough over 4 Friday evenings, concluding in a live performance at The Denis Healy Centre in Seacroft. The groups will be learning our Bullying Stop! song which targets bullying at school, in our homes, neighbourhoods and on the internet. It’s hard-hitting stance, full of positive messages has been a massive hit with young people ever since it was first launched in Nov 2014. We expect no different in Seacroft.
We are so excited by this opportunity to get involved with the fantastic organisations and youth workers operating in some of the most challenging areas of our city. We will keep you posted at our progress! Let’s do this!!!
Meet Leandro and Joanna – Stars of the Month for February 2015 from Shakespeare Primary, Leeds. The group have just been filmed for a new music video promoting healthy lifestyle with our upcoming song “Dynamite”. The song will be released very soon and the Class Dynamix club will be performing it live on Thursday March 26th!
This was one powerful and amazing project. Harehills Primary contacted us in December 2014 to deliver a project for their “Safe as Houses” week 2015. The project deals with safety at home and the school wanted a song that empowered their young people to make positive stances.
The song we wrote for them is all about the power that one person brings when they choose to stand with courage. It’s also about leaving the right legacies that they will be remembered for. The kids came up with their own “value’s” for the holler section in the middle – and should be very proud of their project. Our heartfelt thanks to all the the school and the staff for inviting us to be a part of their “Safe as Houses” 2015.
Power of One – Class Dynamix feat’ Harehills Primary School from Danny Gough on Vimeo.
Boom! Class Dynamix have launched another after-school club….introducing Middleton Primary School from south Leeds. These are the chosen children – there is even a waiting list to get on!! Fantastic first session today, these guys were awesome. We did some teamwork and worked on keeping to the beat using our Body Got Rhythm song. (If any of the new club are reading this, here is the Youtube vid so that you can practice for next week! If you’re a teacher and fancy taking this song on you can buy the songpack here