Category Archives: Music

Sing Up Gold Award

We are delighted to have been awarded the ‘Sing Up’ Gold Award for having singing embedded throughout the school.

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Sing Up Gold certificate

 

 

 

Here are some of the endorser’s comments:

‘Overall I am very impressed with the quality of singing, particularly from the choir. It is clear that pupils are encouraged to sing well and with conviction, listening to their tuning, and as a result lots of the singing I heard was very beautiful.

It is good to hear that children are given lots of opportunities to lead singing, particularly in the upper years, and it’s good that this will be developed by supporting them to lead part singing.

It is nice to see such emphasis put on staff training. The training that took place was obviously a valuable experience for the staff that took part and it sounds like it has had an impact on their use of singing in the classroom.

Congratulations again St Mary’s Bryanston Square, you are a golden singing school and I look forward to hearing about your next singing adventures!’

Year 4 Royal Academy of Music Project

Year 4 are working with the Royal Academy of Music on a composition project. In their first session, they looked at clips from ‘Planet Earth 2’ and created backing music to capture their mood. Here, they are building tension for the scene where snakes chase an iguana:

And this is the music they composed to describe the walk of the penguins:

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Y5 Assembly – The Water Cycle

Year 5 shared what they had learnt about the Water Cycle in assembly today, through singing and through reading their Topic Writing.

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They also led us in the hymn, In the Bleak Midwinter (due to the snow this morning!), and prayers about our Christian Value of Respect, and for people in Syria who are suffering.

 

KS2 Nativity Play – Hosanna Rock

KS2 children performed their fantastic Nativity this afternoon: Hosanna Rock. The singing was beautiful (with some wonderful solos), the dancing was energetic and the words were spoken very clearly. Well done, children – you were great!

KS1 Nativity Play – Aliens tell the Christmas Story!

This afternoon, Year 1 and 2 put on their version of the Christmas Story, with a group of aliens stranded on earth telling the story. There were stars and angels and Mary and Joseph, who like the aliens, could find no home. The children acted brilliantly and sang their hearts out. Well done, we are very proud of you!

St Mary’s Christingle Service

This morning, the school choir sang as part of the St Mary’s Church Chistingle Service. They did a fantastic job and everyone loved it – well done!

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They also enjoyed the experience of lighting their very own Christingles:

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Choir performs at Kensington Palace

On Friday, the school choir performed at Kensington Palace, and switched on the Christmas lights. They sang a selection of Christmas carols – old and new – to an audience of parents, the public and Queen Victoria (in costume). They sang very well indeed and everyone enjoyed their performance. After their singing, they took part in a ceremony to light the Christmas tree lights, with each child holding an electric tea light of their own. It was magical!

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Here is a clip of the children singing our new Christmas carol, ‘His Name Shall Be‘:

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Thank you to all the parents who came along and supported us, and to the children for all their hard work at home, learning the songs. We are very proud of you.

 

Harvest Festival

Today, we held our Harvest Festival in St Mary’s Church.

harvest-2016The children generously donated gifts for the North Paddington Food Bank: food-bank-shopping-list-and-poster

Kirstine reminded us of the story of Joshua, with an amazing colour-changing Bible. Revd Ben talked to us about how God is always with us when we are afraid, as He was with Joshua, and how we can therefore look back and be thankful to God.

The choir sang their first performance piece of the year, written by gospel legend, Kirk Franklin.

Year 6 led our prayers:

Our Father in Heaven,

We give thanks during this Harvest time. We give thanks for our friends, family and teachers. We give thanks for life and the freedom to enjoy it and all other blessings.

At this Harvest time we thank you for the world we see around us; for the flowers, the trees and the animals. Bless all those who care for them, Lord. Help us to protect your creation by being careful about how we use your resources.

We pray at this time for those affected by conflict and war. In particular, we send our prayers to those who have fled Syria and now live in homes, churches and camps in the region and across our continent of Europe. Watch over them and may all Syrian refugees find true refuge.

Thank you for the work that the Paddington Food Bank does to help people who don’t have enough food in our area. We hope that the donations we have brought will bring happiness to those who are in need.

Amen

BHM: Visit from Hannah Kendall

On Wednesday, Hannah Kendall visited to talk about how she became a composer, as part of our Black History Month celebrations.

hannah-bhm-3She described the process of writing a piece of classical music (for up to 100 instruments!) and told the children about the opera she has recently written.

Hannah has a passion for encouraging children and young people from a range of backgrounds (particularly girls, who are under-represented in the profession)  to explore a career in composition and Music.

 

Hannah also shared how her faith in God had inspired her and helped her discover her vocation.

The children loved listening to her orchestral piece, which was very dramatic and exciting!