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!
The children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 delighted us yesterday by performing what they have been learning in their lessons with London Music Masters. The Year 1 violinists and cellists performed for the first time. Year 2 showed what amazing progress they have made since last year (as you can hear in the video clip below). Year 3 and 4 sang beautifully in parts some of the songs they have learnt with Miss Rosanne. It was also so great to see so many parents attending and enjoying the children’s music making.
Here is our newsletter: December 1st 2017
Please note the dates and times of the upcoming Christmas events.
On Friday, Year 1 were given the opportunity to go to the Academy of Ancient Music’s rehearsal of B Minor Mass by JS Bach (1685-1750). Year 1 children are all learning either the violin or the cello this year, and it was a great chance for them to see where this could lead to and experience live music so close up!
Thank you, London Music Masters, for this amazing opportunity.
This afternoon, we had a concert to celebrate some of the wonderful Dance and Music that our children have learnt this year. We had four performance pieces from the choir, solos from several different children on the piano, a reprive of Year 6’s musical and two dance numbers. Also, two girls sang an original composition, unaccompanied.
Everyone did brilliantly and we are very proud of you all.
We then had fabulous refreshments out in the playground, courtesy of the Friends of St Mary’s.
Yesterday, Year 1 performed for parents and pupils at their end of year violin concert. They have been learning the violin three times a week with London Music Masters, and will carry on next year. The children made a lovely, clear sound with their bows and sang and acted out some fun songs too!
Well done, Year 1 – we are really proud of you.
Today, the children in Year 1 had the opportunity to sit in a professional orchestra rehearsal at the South Bank Centre. They could see the musicians close up and were able to explore their instruments, some of which were very old. It was really inspiring for them and they had a great time. We are grateful to London Music Masters for making this possible.
Over the Easter holidays, Ms Granite, Mr Knight and Benny (our Music teacher) visited Kiwoko in Uganda with a team from St Mary’s Church. They particularly went to strengthen the link between Goshen school and orphanage, and St Mary’s. They took pencil cases, stationary and football kits that our pupils had donated to give to the orphans in Goshen. They also modelled some lessons for teachers and provided them with training.
Pupils at St Mary’s have been writing to the children at Goshen, and learning all about school life in Uganda, which is very different to here! We have also been learning Ugandan songs and a song Benny wrote in Uganda, which he has taught to children in Goshen and to us.
We are so proud of what Shadrach and his team are doing in Uganda, and we are keen to keep supporting them in the years to come.