Lewisham Junior Orchestra

Is your child aged 9 or above?

Do they play an orchestral brass, percussion, string or woodwind instrument to at least Grade 1 standard? 

On Thursday 16th February (the Thursday of half term), Lewisham Junior Orchestra running a workshop, enabling instrumentalists to play as part of a large orchestra with children form other schools.  The day will culminate with a performance for friends and family.  You can read further information and download an application form from our website, here.  Please apply directly to Lewisham Music Service by Friday 10th February.

 

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Steel Pans

I have been playing in the Steel Band for 3 months and 16 days.  The song we are practising at the moment is called ‘I BELIEVE IN ANGELS’  by ABBA.  This is a song you can listen to every day and it makes me feel happy.

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The names of the pans in our band are: Bass, Single Seconds and Tenor Pans.  I have always played the Bass Pan which plays the beat of the song.  I like the way I can use some of the notes from other songs we have practised for the Christmas Concert.  I have to hit the Bass Pan softly with my beater, because the Tenor pans are playing the tune.  So, they have to be the loudest.

I like performing in front of other people.  We have to practise really hard to make sure our performances are amazing.

By Reece in Yr 4

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The Water Cycle song lyrics

I think you would agree, our Water Cycle Song performance at the Christmas Concert is going to be simply magnificent.

However, before we can polish the actions and add a couple special bonus flourishes …

YOU HAVE TO LEARN THE WORDS OFF BY HEART!  

Keep your book of lyrics at home or read them here.

Remember to use the video, to help the melody (and harmonies, if you would like to develop these) stick in your head.

Remember, PRACTISE MAKES PERMANENT!

Christmas

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Summer Concert – Mandarin

At Edmund Waller, the children in Year 2 – 6 learn Mandarin in a lesson every week with Meier Lo.  On the 15th July, they will be singing one of two Mandarin songs at the Broadway Theatre in Catford, as part of the Summer Concert.

You can help your child by using the lyrics that have been published below.

Clicking on the hyperlinks will take you to a Youtube version of each song.

The children in Years 2 and 3 will be singing:

火      车    快       飞

huǒ  chē   kuài   fēi

(The Train Goes Fast).

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The children in Years 4-6 will be singing:

我很幸福     (I am Blessed)

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Battle of Trafalgar – Our Day on the Stage

In Cadogan Hall, we watched and sang along to a brilliant recount of the Battle of Trafalgar.  We traveled there by train and tube.  On arriving, we ate our lunch, unfortunately I did not manage to eat all of it.  It was deafening eating lunch, as there were hundreds of children chatting and singing, as not all the schools were eating.  The Year 4s traveled together with Miss Izibili.  Once we had all sat down, the marvelous conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra demonstrated what each instrument sounded like.  Some sounds can make you feel nauseous or queasy, other sounds can make you feel excited or scared.  I made up a story related to how each instrument sounded.
 
Edmund Waller Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
We had to remain ready throughout the rehearsals

 

Rehearsing with the orchestra, ballet and presenter.
Rehearsing with the orchestra, ballet and presenter
After that, we saw the performance and it was phenomenal!  I could have wished for nothing better from them.  It sounded beautiful when all the children and adults sang together.  At the beginning, it was sad.  When they celebrated Nelson’s birthday it was enjoyable.  The audience laughed when the dancers brought Lord Nelson a birthday cake through and danced around him.  We were told to dress as the crew of a ship and I dressed up in a striped navy blue and white top with denim jeans.  I go skiing every year, so I have a collection of medals and badges, which I pinned to my top.  I really enjoyed the educational visit to Cadogan Hall.
 – Olivia, 4B (abridged)
Us in our dressing room
Us in our dressing room

Cadogan Hall Visit – details and songs to practice

Hello everyone,

As you know, Years 4, 5 and 6 will be heading to Cadogan Hall next week Monday, 23rd March.

Please come in wearing Navy type costume. Look at this picture for inspiration:

You could wear something like this.
You could wear something like this.

You don’t have to go out and buy anything. Any piece of cloth will do for a scarf, and white, navy or black trousers will be fine. Black shoes are best. A striped top would be perfect if you can get hold of one.

 

You can practice at home with these recordings:

Audience Word Sheet (click to download)

01 Rule Britannia

03 The Wind is Foul (A)

04 The Wind is Fould (B)

09 Jolly Good Fellow

11 Heart of Oak v2-3 Audience

13 Heart of Oak v2-3 (Stage Choir ONLY)

19 Sail Sail for Trafalgar Bay

21 The West Wind was with us

23 Rule Britannia Reprise Audience

25 Rule Britannia Reprise (Stage Choir ONLY)