Sensational Soloist

On Tuesday evening, I sang a solo in the Lewisham Music Summer Gala at the Royal Festival Hall, in a song called ‘Sing’. There were five songs including that, ‘Sing and Swing’, ‘Listen to Us’, ‘My Town’ and ‘Oremi Je Ka Jo’. It was an amazing experience and I am still stunned by the memory of it. When our choir were performing, we did not do it just on our own, we sang it altogether, with twenty five other choirs. The amount of children was huge, about eight hundred! I was one of two who was picked to sing a solo on my own.

In the dressing room before hand, I was really nervous about it, as many people would be. Thankfully, I have a really good friend, who sprayed water on me to make me laugh!   Surprisingly, this worked.

During the performance, I had to stand at the edge of the stage, where there was another choir singing a completely different part. The rest of my choir were high on the balcony.

 

Me singing at the front.
Me singing at the front of the stage.

We sang the first song (‘Listen to Us’) and then I walked to the front and the music began. I counted the three and a bit bars before my part and then I began to sing. The conductor, Clare Caddick, had told me to really pronounce my ts, and during my part I remembered to do this, which made it sound a lot better. I stepped back and sang through the rest of the song at the front. Then I finished the song and bowed, before returning to the edge and singing through the last few songs.

For the penultimate song, the other soloist- John- sang his part brilliantly, before we launched into the final song. At the end everybody congratulated me and I met my parents. They were really proud of me, and I was really proud of myself!

This was a really amazing experience, and I enjoyed it so much. I would just like to thank Ms. Holder and Mr. Barrett for coordinating the whole thing, and teaching us the songs.

Mandarin Songs to Practise for the Summer Concert

On Thursday 13th May, the children will performing in two Summer Concerts at St Catherine’s Church.

10:00 until 11:00 – Reception, Yr1, Yr2, Yr3

13:50 until 15:10 – Yr4, Yr5, Yr6, Orch, Choir, S Pans

The children in Years 2 and 3 will be singing:

小兔子乖乖  (xiǎo tù zǐ guāi guāi) “Well-Behaved Little Rabbit”

The children in Years 4-6 will be singing:

蜗牛与黄鹂鸟 (Wō niú yǔ huáng lí  niǎo) Snail and Oriole Birds

You can listen to the songs by pressing the hyperlinks above.  The lyrics to both songs can be found on the PowerPoint below.

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Happy practising.

 

 

 

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).

Download (PDF, 151KB)

The children in Years 4-6 will be singing:

我很幸福     (I am Blessed)

Download (PDF, 1.34MB)

 

 

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)