The children did an incredible job in their Christmas performances, as did the staff who helped them to prepare! We are fortunate to have such talented children here!
On Sunday 9th December, the choir performed at St Mary’s Church Christingle service. They did a fantastic job and represented the school beautifully. Well done to all of you, and also to Mr Watkins for his hard work.
On Monday 3rd December, we were treated to a performance by the cellists and violinists in Years 1, 2 and 3. They showed us the skills they have been practising this term, as well as playing some of the pieces they’ve learnt. It was very impressive – we have some very talented musicians at St Mary’s!
On Wednesday, we held our harvest service in St Mary’s church. The children read, prayed and sang beautifully! The choir (and Mr Watkins) also treated us to a special performance of ‘You’re Welcome’ from the film Moana. Thank you to the musicians from St Mary’s church for accompanying us.
We would also like to say a really big thank you for all the donations of food for the North Paddington foodbank. Your generosity and thoughtfulness are much appreciated and will really help out some families in need.
Last Friday, Year 6 delighted us with their fabulous play about games (old and new), taking us into a world of Monopoly, Cluedo and Chess! It was brilliantly performed by everyone, with heartfelt singing, exciting acting and a plethora of scene/ costume changes. Great work Year 6. With thanks to Mr Davies and Ms Ali for all their hard work, and our excellent vocal coach too!
It was wonderful to hear the progress made by our violinists and cellists this week at our end of year Music Masters concert. It was particularly lovely to hear all the children playing their instruments together in ensemble pieces. Well done Year 1 and 2!
This week, Year 1 and 2 were invited to attend a unique performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ directed by Sue Perkins and Anna Richardson, at the Hinde St Methodist Church in Marylebone. They participated in a discussion with Sue on what their favourite instrument was from the orchestra, then sat and listened as Anna told the story while Sue conducted the orchestra. Afterwards, they were given an opportunity to try out some of the instruments that were used in the performance. All of the children were super ambassadors for the school, and loved the experience of seeing story telling and music come together.
Last week, we were delighted to host our first evening concert for friends and families of St Mary’s, organised by London Music Masters. We were extremely lucky to have Alexandra Soumm and Paloma Kouider visit us and play a fabulous repertoire of pieces, from Mozart to Ravel. It was a magical experience and wonderful that so many families joined us, including those with really young children. Part of the Music Masters programme is making classical music accessible to all, and this was a great way to do this.
Our school choir are very busy at the moment, singing carols around our local community.
On Friday, some of the children visited Portman Nursery to sing carols in their Christmas jumpers (which they did with some great jingle bell backing!).
On Sunday, they sang at the St Mary’s Church Christingle service, delighting the whole congregation with their fabulous version of Away in a Manger.
On Tuesday, some of the choir sang at the British Land offices for the people who work there. We have a very close link with British Land, so were delighted to be able to sing for them!