Press Release: Students Sing Praises for Music Teacher’s 18 Years at School

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Music students at a Dudley school are sending out a fanfare summoning former pupils to join them in a tuneful tribute to their teacher.

The Year 11 students at Bishop Milner Catholic College aim to trumpet the 18 years that Jane Stacey has spent teaching music there.

As part of their BTEC course in music they are organising a concert, due to take place at the college on Friday November 30 at 7pm.

They have decided that the focus should be on celebrating Miss Stacey’s big anniversary by inviting former students to attend – or even join them on stage.

Among them will be James Luxton, who was aged 12 when Miss Stacey started at Bishop Milner. He is now Assistant Director of Music at the iconic Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

“My time at Bishop Milner was a formative one,” said James, now aged 30.

“The core skills of performing, composing, listening and appraising were nurtured at an early stage, and, along with all the extra-curricular activities, I developed the skills and confidence to pursue a career as a professional musician.

“Particular highlights at Bishop Milner included playing for awards evenings at Dudley Town Hall, accompanying the school choir at Dudley College, playing keys in a band called ‘Anointed’ as part of the Rock the Castle competition and recording a track on a CD called ‘Milner Music 2001’.

“On a daily basis I draw on the skills I first developed at Bishop Milner and I thank Miss Stacey and the college for all the support and encouragement they have given along the way on my own journey.”

Now the students are appealing to other ex-pupils to get in touch, attend or perform at the concert, or simply send in some anecdotes and photographs.

Year 11 student Kiara Deocampo, aged 15, said: “Miss Stacey has a passion for music and for passing on her love of the subject to us.

“It will be amazing to meet up with some of the other people she has taught over the last 18 years, some of whom now work in the music business”.

Miss Stacey estimates that she has taught about 2,500 pupils during her time at Bishop Milner Catholic College and, besides classroom work, she runs lunchtime and after school clubs.

She said “There’s a real buzz among my students about this event and it will be a great opportunity for them to meet former students and hear about how their time at Bishop Milner helped shape their lives.

“It has been a privilege to work with so many talented students and we have had a lot of fun over the years. I am really looking forward to catching up with some of them and finding out how they are getting on.”

Former music students can contact Ms Stacey directly at jstacey@bmilner.dudley.sch.uk