Surely, it has to be one of the greatest live performances of all time.

A performance also now showcased by the release of Bohemian Rhapsody to a whole new generation, who would otherwise have little reason to know much of Freddie, Queen or the Live Aid context

What was it about that iconic, spelling-binding twenty-one minutes of performance on the early evening of 13 July 1985 that makes it so truly special?

Queen Live Aid

Freddie’s charisma. His energy. Exuberance. Passion and bravado. The mesmeric bond with the crowd. The pace. Brian, John and Roger’s technical tightness as the perfect foil. Connection. The sheer joy of the shared moment?


And it struck me, as l spent most of last week in and out of lessons on the latest  of our Learning Walks, that all of those factors that combine to create brilliant performance were present in the wonderful learning that I was privileged to observe... parkhouseschool.org/Blog/the-learning-walk-of-life.aspx


The charisma, presence and passion of the teacher.


The energy transferred to the learner through the quality of relationships.


The technical, subject knowledge.


The pacy delivery, ‘chunking’ and range of activity.


The joy and excitement of a shared experience of discovery.


Rhapsody: an effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling.


What great performance, and great teaching and learning, is surely all about.


Queen Live Aid