Some of our year 5 and year 6 children have started rehearsals today for a very special performing arts event, which will take place on Thursday 8th November at the Corn Exchange, Ipswich.
Several primary schools in Ipswich will be performing their own performing arts piece - it could be singing, instrumental, drama or dance - then will join together for a massed choir finale.
We will have to work hard, but it will be great fun! At our first rehearsal, our performers worked together to start a dance/drama piece based on part of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. it will be very dramatic and exciting!
Below are some of the songs we will have to learn.
4M and 4S had a fabulously music day at Colchester Road Baptist Church, thanks to Suffolk County Music Services.
They learned a new song, and rehearsed pieces with children from other schools. Instruments played by all schools included cellos, violins, flutes, clarinets, trumpets and baritones.
At the end of the day, they performed to a very appreciative audience of parents, relatives and carers.
What a great end to a wonderful year of music making!
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!!