Yesterday our amazing choir performed as part of the annual Schools' Celebration of Music, which is held at Snape Maltings, the world-famous concert hall right here in Suffolk.
Each school performed their own 10 minute programme, and then we all got on stage to take part in the grand finale song "Falling Star", which had been specially composed for us by Aga Serugo-Lugo, an incredibly energetic personality, who had everyone on their feet!
We are very proud of all our performers - they really were the most brilliant ambassadors for our school. Their skill and commitment has been exceptional; learning songs in parts, performing accompaniments on tuned instruments, singing in pairs and in small groups.
Opportunities like this are invaluable life experiences, and give the children such a huge boost in confidence, and esteem. They will remember their achievements for a very long time to come.
Many thanks to all the staff who made this happen - Mrs Garland (terrific piano accompaniments), Mrs Harries (who really helped our rehearsals and came to support us on the night), Mrs Rowland (who came to help us out for the whole day).
Watch the slideshow, and read the children's comments about the day!
Our Elite Choir took part in a lunchtime concert, together with St John's Primary School. We performed to a packed church, and were delighted so many children had parents or relatives to support us.
We performed some fabulous African traditional songs, and Akshara and Samuel played "La Mancha" on guitar. Congratulations to children who sang in duets, trios and quartets with such confidence - Kendrick, Rhiea, Darcey, Emily, Joseph, Chloe, Paige, Lily-Mae, Elliot and Harmony-Rose. Also, thanks to Tamsin, who played a lovely flute accompaniment to one of the songs.
Last night we had our annual Christmas concert. 80 children took part, and we were treated to a lovely programme of instrumental pieces, choir performances, signing choir carols, staff readings and ukulele sing-along! It gave a terrific sense of community and belonging.
The children rehearsed throughout the day to experience performing on stage and to practise their entrance. Mr Stock was on hand with his camera to film and put together the opening video, which always creates a buzz of excitement in the hall, and starts the event with a real sparkle.
It is always so exciting to see the musical progress the children have made since their last performance, and to watch their self confidence grow through performing in front of an audience. Live performances do not always go to plan, and learning to deal with the unexpected is such a valuable life experience.
Many thanks -
Our next concert will be at the end of the Spring term. Due to the huge numbers of children taking music lessons (we are very proud to have over 100!), a concert featuring all of them would be hours long. So we will make sure that instrumental children get the opportunity of performing at least once each school year.
Year 3 have been listening to "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens this term.
They worked in small groups to compose their own Kangaroo music. They had to listen very carefully to each other! They also had to think about changing pitch, tempo and dynamics in their music.
Listen to their music!
Here are the words you need to learn for your choral performance, year 6.
He was a famous trumpet man from out Chicago way,
He had a “boogie” style that no one else could play.
He was the top man of his craft,
But then his number came up, and he was gone with the draft.
He’s in the army now,
He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy from Company B.
They made him blow a bugle for his Uncle Sam,
It really brought him down because he couldn’t jam.
The captain seemed to understand
Because the next day the “cap” went out and drafted a band,
And now the company jumps
When he plays reveille
He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy from Company B.
A toot! A toot! A toot diddle ah-da toot.
He blows it eight to the bar
In “boogie” rhythm.
He can’t blow a note unless a bass and guitar are playin’ with him.
He makes the company jump when he plays reveille,
He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B!
This year, classes in year 4 are having instrument lessons every week. This is called WCETs - whole class ensemble teaching. The instruments are recorder, clarinet and trumpet. You can see some trumpet players learning to make a sound on their mouthpieces! It takes a lot of practice to learn an instrument. They are learning all kinds of musicianship skills too, which are going to be invaluable to our budding musicians.
Good luck, year 4. Enjoy your music lessons this year!
The school has been resounding with some AMAZING pieces by famous composers!
Year 3 are learning about "Carnival of the Animals" by the French composer, Camille Saint-Saens.
Year 5 are listening to "The Planets Suite" by Gustav Holst.
Year 6 are learning about big band music from the time of World War II, especially the music of Glenn Miller.
Check out some pieces here!
Year 4 have been working hard with their teachers to learn some part songs for a project run by Suffolk County Music Services called "Sing Suffolk". It was run to provide workshops to help class teachers learn to teach singing.
We all attended a final workshop and performance day at Colchester Road Baptist Church. The children were a real credit to the school, and so were our teachers!
Well done, 4HR, 4C, 4B and Mrs Harries, Mrs Casburn and Miss Bozier. You were all real stars!!
4HR and 4B had a BRILLIANT day at the Suffolk County Music Services WCETS Celebration day today!
WCETs stands for "whole class ensemble teaching", which means that a music tutor comes in every week for a year, and teaches the whole class a musical instrument.
There were several other schools at the Celebration, which took place at Colchester Road Baptist Church. The instruments that performed were:
French horns (4B)
We all rehearsed, and then performed to parents in the afternoon. Well done, year 4! We were really proud of you!
Many thanks to our wonderful SCMS tutors, Mr Taber and Mr Whiteman, for making it such a great day.
Suffolk will be alive with the delightful sounds of more than 3,000 young musicians, as Key Stage 2 pupils from primary schools across the county show off their talents to parents, carers, families and friends, celebrating their year of learning a musical instrument.
Children from 96 primary schools begin Suffolk County Music Service’s annual WCET Celebration week of events and between Monday 19 June and Friday 23 June, schools across the county will take part in singing activities and instrumental workshops.
Taught by County Music Service tutors in school, pupils play brass, wind, string, guitar, and percussion instruments. Each celebration will finish with a sharing concert, where all schools will play and sing together as part of a massed band and massed choir in front of an invited audience.
At Rushmere Hall, two classes from year 4, who have been learning clarinet and French horn with SCMS, will be taking part on Friday 23rd June. We can't wait!!!!