News and events Parkside Academy Rocks Parkside Academy Rocks! On Wednesday 17th October, Durham Music Service staff working in Parkside Academy led a Rock Band workshop involving over 40 singers, guitarists, violinists and drum students from the school. The teachers and students spent one hour working together, developing their performance and band playing skills, and by the end of the session they had arranged and rehearsed the Ed Sheeran song Castle on the Hill. The students and teachers involved really enjoyed the workshop, and the results sounded fantastic! Parkside is one of the pilot schools on the exciting new Rock Band Project from Durham Music Service, which brings together new musicians and enables them to play as part of a band from the very start of their musical development. This was the first workshop to take place at Parkside, but after this positive start, the staff are planning to come together for another workshop before Christmas. The Parkside Rock Band project students will also feature in Durham Music Service’s Big Gig at the Gala Theatre in Durham on Friday 21st June 2019.