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!
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.