Activities have included music workshops for pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, in which pupils had a chance to tell their class story using percussion instruments, many of which they had never tried before. Lower School children also made their own musical instruments and performed in their own marching band!
Children in the older years enjoyed workshops at the Upper School, in which they were able to explore new sounds, using African djembes and djun djuns in addition to their own instruments, to create class stories in 'musical' style. In music lessons they learnt about 'Musical Theatre' and enjoyed singing songs from the latest West End shows! In Art they began working on ideas to create a musical instrument, with the proviso that it had to make a sound, and in science, they created little compositions.
There were Musical Theatre assemblies and Thursday saw the grand Musicians’ Concert at All Saints Church. Performances were given by some extremely talented students in the Upper School and included the school orchestra, the woodwind and recorder ensembles, the guitar club and many talented soloists. The standard of musicianship was exceptionally high for children so young, showing just how valuable it is for children to learn instruments from a young age. At Friday's assembly, class 4A treated us to a 'Musical Spectacular', which included songs from Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Mama Mia and Frozen, to which everyone enjoyed singing along.
Pupils were inspired by hearing professional instrumentalists perform, too. Karin Nash, who plays for the English National Ballet orchestra and Deian Rowlands, who plays with the BBC Concert Orchestra, performed with the school’s woodwind teacher Mrs. Phillips. Children and staff alike were captivated by their musicianship and performance skills.
The annual school Singing Competition is taking place this afternoon and winners will be announced in due course. They will have a chance to perform next Tuesday at the annual Singers' Concert, along with all of the school choirs. In addition, the staff/parent choir will sing four-part excerpts and solos from My Fair Lady. We hope that you will join us there!