We studied these paintings by WWII war artists. Then we chose 3 things in the paintings to include in a musical composition. We had to consider these musical elements -
A lead composer organised a group of musicians, and conducted their performance.
Here are some of their performances for you to listen to!
On Thursday, 8th November, a group of year 5 and 6 children took part in a very special concert to commemorate 100 years since WW1.
Seven primary schools from Ipswich took part. Each school performed a set, and the evening culminated in a massed choir singing together.
Our children proved themselves incredibly committed to their roles, and rehearsed every week (3 times every week for the last weeks) to make sure that they knew their parts thoroughly. They even rehearsed the songs at home!
Their performance had 3 parts -
Their performance was truly professional, deeply moving and inspirational. They all behaved impeccably both on and off the stage. We could clearly see their inner confidence and self esteem grow throughout this experience. We are very proud of these ambassadors for the school.
Here are images from rehearsal. More to come!
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!