2015-16 Was our YEAR OF MUSIC
STRIKE A CHORD AT THE OCTAGON THEATRE
On Tuesday 7th June Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a fantastic afternoon at The Octagon Theatre. They watched the debut performance of Paul Patterson's 'Little Red Riding Hood'. The narrator, Mike Shepherd kept the whole auditorium entertained with his portrayal of the different characters while the Philharmonia Orchestra with conductor Charles Hazlewood made the performance truly come alive. The children had been practising hard to learn the specially commissioned song 'Requiem for Granny' and when the time came, sang their part well. The whole performance was breath-taking and we feel privileged to have been a part of something so special.
Thank you Charles Hazlewood, The Philharmonia Orchestra, the Octagon Theatre and Ellie Velazquez for allowing us to join you in this special project.
A VISIT FROM CHARLES HAZLEWOOD
The world-famous conductor Charles Hazlewood visited Holy Trinity on Wednesday 4th May and talked to the whole school about his job. He told us that he loves music and is very lucky to be doing a job that he loves so much. He had wanted to be a conductor from the age of 15.
He got us all warmed up by singing 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' and then taught us a Welsh song about a cuckoo which we all enjoyed singing and tried hard to sing in two parts.
We were especially proud to welcome Charles to our school as he has a special connection with Holy Trinity. Charles was born in Yeovil and lived here while his father was the vicar at Holy Trinity Church.
The year 5 children are really looking forward to their performance at The Octagon Theatre on 7th June. Click here for a link to the Octagon Theatre's 'Strike a Chord' page. There are some lovely photographs of our children on this page!
On Friday 18th March, family members of the choir were invited into school to watch a 'live rehearsal' of the choir which takes place every Friday afternoon. The children practised and performed a range of songs and started putting actions and movements to the lyrics. It was fantastic for the children to show their families how hard they work each week to produce such wonderful sounds. The parents even got involved in singing 'ain't no mountain high enough'! It was great to see everybody joining in with such great spirit and enthusiasm!
A VISIT FROM PAUL PATTERSON
On Friday 26th February, Year 5 were extremely fortunate to have a visit from the famous composer Paul Patterson. Both Year 5 classes performed their musical poetry to Paul and then were given feedback as to aspects of their composition that worked effectively and aspects that can now be developed. We also heard a short snippet of the 'Little Red Riding Hood' composition that Paul has created in preparation for our visit to the Octagon in June. We are extremely fortunate to be able to work alongside Paul with his huge expertise.
February MUSIC CONCERT
On Thursday 25th February, the whole school gathered in the main hall to listen to and share the music that we have been learning, composing and practising this term. This was as part of our 'Music's Hear, Listen Up' week, in which we were listening to and enjoying a variety of genres of music each day.
Reception performed a fantastic version of The Grand Old Duke of York. They sang and even did actions at the same time! Year 1 showed off their array of very colourful instruments that they have made in their music lessons. They sang whilst using their instruments to keep the pulse. Year 3 have been enjoying learning to play the Ukulele this term. They played and sung three of their favourite Ukulele songs, using both chord C and F! Finally, Year 5 performed their poems that they have been working on as part of their Strike a Chord project. They had come up with different sounds on a variety of instruments to fit with the words of the poem, and managed to read their poems altogether whilst playing the instruments!
A huge well-done to all the children that took part in the music concert; you were all fantastic and it was lovely to hear all the different music that has been taking place across the school.
Year 5 welcomed two artists to school on Tuesday 19th January. They inspired us to create sculptures to represent the key themes of the two poems we have chosen - Scorpions and Cows! The sculptures are made of wire and were quite tricky to create. Everyone persevered and we were all very proud of our creations. These sculptures will be exhibited at the Octagon Theatre in June as part of our Strike a Chord project!
A VISIT BY THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
The whole school was treated to a fabulous performance by five members of the Philharmonia Orchestra on Friday 8th January.
There was Emma on flute, Rachel on violin, Carol on viola, Morwenna on cello and Pete on tuba. John explained all about the different types of music that they were playing.
We learnt the names of each instrument, what they were made from and how they make a sound. We found out that the string section is very good at making scary music and we all used our voices to help create a piece of scary music set in a haunted house. We learnt that the flute makes a happy sound and the tuba is very good at loud noises!
We even had our own Holy Trinity conductor...Charlotte was chosen to conduct the orchestra and decided when she wanted them to play louder, quieter and when to stop. She did very well!
Classes 11 and 12 (year 5) then enjoyed a workshop with the orchestra learning how to set the Roald Dahl poem they have been learning in Literacy to music.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC CONCERT
What an amazing afternoon of Music we had on December 2nd. EVERY child performed during the afternoon, and we welcomed parents, friends and family to our classrooms to share our talents! The choir, hand chime group and recorder group then performed in the main hall, and how lucky we were to be dazzled by such brilliant children! Thank you to all the staff who made this happen!