Huge congratulations to the 6J Team for their wonderful assembly today. You should be very proud of your performances.
Today, Year 5 experienced opera!
We went to the stunning Glyndebourne Opera House near Glynde to watch the world premiere performance of Belongings, by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge. For more information about the opera and our experience, visit the BELONGINGS web page.
For all upcoming concert dates, times and details, download the document below:
Friday 24th November – 10:00 – 10:30 and 10:45 – 11:15
Voice Concerts – Bella Spinks’ voice students performing. Parents of performers are welcome to attend either concert. No tickets required.
Friday 8th December - 10:00 – 10:30 and 10:45 – 11:15 and 11:30 – 12:15 to parents
Guitar Concerts – Tom Butterworth’s guitar students performing. Parents of performers are welcome to attend the 11:30 – 12:15 concert. No tickets required.
Sunday 10th December – time TBC
Christmas Sing-a-long at the FODJ Christmas Winterland Event. Time slot to be confirmed.
Monday 11th December – 18:30 – 20:20
Year 6 Super Choir performing at The Brighton Centre. The concert will start at 19:00. Please ensure the children arrive between 18:30 and 18:40 and meet Miss Rusbatch in the foyer. Tickets available from the Brighton Centre Box Office or online.
Tuesday 12th December – 11:00 – 12:15
School Christmas Concert to an audience of ex-pupils of Downs Junior School (1930s – 1960s). Audience by invitation only. Mega Choir, Super Choir and Orchestra performing.
Wednesday 13th December – 18:00 – 19:30
MAIN SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT at St. Martin’s Church on Lewes Road (close to the bottom of Elm Grove). Mega Choir, Super Choir and Orchestra will be performing. No tickets required. Open to all audiences. Children must arrive between 17:45 and 17:55 to ensure a prompt start. All children must be collected from the church at 19:30. We will be asking for monetary donations* on the evening. The children can wear anything ‘Christmassy’, including tinsel, face paint and head gear (antlers, elf ears or Santa hats). They may wear any combination of the following colours: black, white, red, green, silver or gold.
Friday 15th December – 14:00 – 15:00
Violin Concerts – Lisa De Simone’s violin students performing to parents. No tickets required.
Saturday 16th December – 15:00 – 17:00 and 19:00 – 21:00
Miss Rusbatch performing with the Brighton Goes Gospel choir. Tickets required.
Monday 18th December – 09:30 – 10:15 and 14:15 – 15:00
Year 3 Christmas Concerts to parents. All Year 3 children will be performing. Online booking is required. Details to follow.
Please note, there will be no Mega Choir rehearsal on Wednesday 20th December.
*We will be asking for monetary donations at this year’s Christmas concerts. Donations will be split between the school’s music department, and the charity, Refugee Support Europe. Please donate generously if you can. Enjoy the concerts and have a happy holiday.
Download this year's Christmas Song Booklet below:
Year 6 have been busy improvising and composing on a variety of instruments for their Refugee songs today. They're starting to take shape and establish structure. We'll start uploading some audio examples soon. Well done Year 6.
Thank you to 4K for entertaining and educating us with their Ancient Egyptian production. Well done to Stanley on tech duties and to Ms Kay and her team for pulling together a wonderful assembly with limited hall time.
A few orchestra rehearsal videos to practise with at home...
Today, the children in Year 4 demonstrated great ensemble skills, whilst reading notation on the board. Miss Rusbatch was really impressed with the children's focus and listening.
YEAR 6 SUPER CHOIR - BRIGHTON CENTRE
Tickets are now on sale for the Schools' Christmas Concert at the Brighton Centre. The DJS Year 6 Super Choir will be taking part on Monday 11th December. For more information, and to book tickets, visit the Brighton Centre website.
The school orchestra have begun to rehearse music for our upcoming Christmas concerts. Prepare to hear some Tchaikovsky this year, as well as some well known carols and songs.
Today, Year 5 completed an aural challenge - they had to work out the correct notes and rhythms for the main musical theme from Star Wars. We then added an accompaniment part. Everyone impressively rehearsed and performed the theme. Well done!
Woweeeeeee! Check out Mega Choir's Mega Moves! This morning, at 8am, we were rehearsing following a leader, following instructions, watching a conductor, coordinating our bodies, working as a team and having fun! Here's a 7-second timelapse example of what we got up to!
Today, Year 5 helped to create more demonstration videos of some of the many warm up activities we do regularly at Downs Junior School. To see the demo videos, visit the Warm Up Activities Page.
Today, Year 4 were experimenting with Ancient Egyptian rhythms and melodies. We were using violins, flutes, guitars, boom whackers, hand bells, cabassas, tambourines, egg shakers, djembe drums and our voices. Have a listen to our efforts below. We'll soon be composing and recording the children's own compositions.
- Head of Music -
- Guitar -
Lisa De Simone
- Violin / Viola -
- Cello -
- Double Bass / Bass Guitar -
- Woodwind -
- Brass -
- Piano -
- Drum Kit -
- Voice -
- 01273 293524 -
Children can only receive tuition for ONE instrument during class curriculum lesson time