HUGE thanks to Pulse of the Place samba band. They travelled through the night on a coach from Edinburgh to be with us, before heading on to Varndean. They will be performing tomorrow at 14:30 at the Peter Pan playground (near the Volks railway), 16:30 outside Unitarian Church and at 19:00 by Palace Pier. Please go along and support these incredibly talented kids if you can. Thank you.
Rohan Seilman is an ex-pupil of Downs Junior School. Following his time at DJS he and his family moved to Edinburgh, where he remained. He has since led a successful youth percussion group in Edinburgh (called Pulse of the Place) and works for the arts charity Arts Afternoon.
His Samba group have been invited to perform in Brighton this weekend - they're performing at numerous venues over the next few days: Unitarian Church, Peter Pan playground and Palace Pier.
Today, Rohan kindly returned to the school to deliver free samba workshops with the Year 6 classes. Tomorrow - he's returning with his youth samba group Pulse of the Place. They will perform for the whole school in two assemblies. Updates will be posted to the SAMBA page.
The Voice UK Finalist: Michelle John, will be performing in Brighton on Saturday 10th June, She will be supporting the Brighton Goes Gospel Choir concert, featuring Downs Junior School staff - Ms Kay, Miss Rusbatch, Ms Kaiser & Mrs Roberts, plus MANY more voices.
Brighton Goes Gospel invites you to join them for an evening of foot stompin’, hand clappin’ soul enrichin’ gospel music starring BGG’s Special Guest ‘The Voice UK 2017 Finalist’ Michelle John.
Tickets can be purchased in person from
The Brighton Dome Box office or at The Clarendon Centre, 47 New England Street,.
Tickets are also available online at: www.brightonticketshop.com or telephone: 01273 709 709. Limited tickets will be available on the door, on the night – all £15.
We look forward to seeing you there, on Saturday 10th June.
Doors open at 6.15pm with the show commencing at 7pm.
Meow Meow: Souvenir - at Theatre Royal for Brighton Festival
In March 2017, the Brighton Festival producers asked Miss Rusbatch to create and train a small choir of 8 children. The choir would go on to perform on stage at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, alongside the hugely talented performance artist Meow Meow, for her Brighton Festival performances of 'Souvenir'.
Johnny, Sophie, Joshim, Grace (Year 6), Cai, Dolly (Year 5) and Ernie and Phine (Year 4) rehearsed and performed like professionals. Their custom-made costumes were shipped over from Australia which helped the children to slip into character, representing the souls of children and the angels of youth whose lives once touched the fabric of the Theatre Royal's rich history. Well done kids. You were GREAT!
Orchestra are working on their own composition this term. It is currently entitled No Hope. This is what it sounds like, following 3 weeks (roughly 90 minutes in total) of composing and rehearsing. The next step is to move through some unexpected chordal changes and introduce some beautiful counter-melodies and harmonies.
Created by Meow Meow in collaboration with composers Jherek Bischoff and August Von Trapp, musical direction Jherek Bischoff & design by Andrea Lauer.
A fantastical song cycle on a half-remembered misreported history of Brighton's Theatre Royal.
Actress, singer, dancer, Meow Meow is a cabaret diva of the highest order. Her kamikaze performance style has thrilled and inspired audiences globally with her shows The Little Match Girl and Apocalypse Meow and An Audience with Meow.
Hard to classify, her collaborations span artforms and genres: Pink Martini, Barry Humphries, Symphonies and Philharmonic Orchestras and Amanda Palmer and the Dresden Dolls to name a few.
For this exclusive Brighton Festival performance, Meow Meow joins forces with the Orchester der Kleinen Regiment to summon the ghosts of Brighton's Theatre Royal, past, present and future featuring original collaborations with composers Jherek Bischoff, August von Trapp, and The Lilliputian Octet. She will also be joined on stage by 8 talented children from Downs Junior School: Joshim, Sophie, Johnny, Grace, Cai, Dolly, Ernie and Phine.
Don’t miss this exceptional performer in a one-off musical homage to what may have been, and what may still come to pass.
Here is a statement from the B&H Music Service:
Unfortunately your child's violin teacher, Lisa de Simone, has had to return to Italy due to an unexpected family emergency. Lessons scheduled for Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May and for the week beginning 15 May have unfortunately had to be cancelled. We are currently expecting lessons to resume the week beginning 22 May and will contact you next week to confirm arrangements. Please accept our apologies for the break in tuition.
We would like to reassure you that lessons will be monitored to ensure your child receives the correct amount of lessons for which you have been charged across the academic year.
Congratulations to Isis (Mimi) in 5M for being selected to perform in the new Heart FM advert. It launched on TV last night so keep your eyes peeled and dance along!
Thank you to Justin for drawing my attention to The Acrobat Challenge - helping to raise money and awareness of Stephen Sykes' battle with cancer. Today, in orchestra rehearsal, we attempted to learn The Acrobat (by J. A. Greenwood) in 20 minutes! Have a listen below. Well done everyone!
All music clubs recommence this week.
Remember, if you're a new member, a signed form must be given to Miss Rusbatch. They can be downloaded here:
All music clubs are cancelled during the week beginning 3rd April because Miss Rusbatch will be on the Isle of Wight with Year 5.
All music clubs will resume the week beginning 24th April.
Have a wonderful Easter break everyone.
Congratulations to the children in 4K and 4C who performed brilliantly on ukulele and pBuzz, after only 10 lessons. Many thanks to Sarah Leeves - the brass teacher from BHMA - who has been leading Soundmakers sessions, alongside Miss Rusbatch, every Wednesday this term.
For more information and to see more videos, visit the Ukulele Page and the pBuzz Page.
Many thanks to Yukie Day for taking so many wonderful photos of the final.
To see them all, visit the Battle of the Bands 2017 page.
- Head of Music -
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Lisa De Simone
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- Cello -
- Double Bass / Bass Guitar -
- Woodwind -
- Brass -
- Piano -
- Keyboard -
- Drum Kit -
- Voice -
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Children can only receive tuition for ONE instrument during class curriculum lesson time