Congratulations to all of the children who took part in the talent competition on Friday, in aid of Children in Need. We all really appreciate your efforts and talent and confidence.
Click below to download the details for upcoming Christmas concerts:
You can now view the video of the whole school performance of our harvest song and rap, which we performed on Friday 10th October 2014.
Click below to listen to the live recordings of the songs from the Rose Theatre, Kingston in July 2014.
You can also listen to the tracks and view hundreds of photos from the shows on the official Albatross - Wings of Freedom website.
This is the final week in which children are able to join music clubs. The form required can be found on the CLUBS page.
A reminder to all orchestra members: THIS WEEK'S REHEARSAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED as Miss Rusbatch will be attending an important meeting at the Music Service. Rehearsals will recommence on Thursday 2nd October.
For all updates, downloads and announcements regarding music clubs, please visit the relevant pages:
Downs Junior School has been selected to represent East Sussex in the nationwide 'Instrument Amnesty'. We will receive some musical instruments, kindly donated by the public, thanks to James Rhodes' 'Don't Stop the Music Campaign' - recently featured on Channel 4. For more information, click here.
Music clubs will commence the week beginning Monday 15th September 2014.
All clubs are free and open to all children in school. The are some restrictions however, regarding ability, to be able to participate in the school orchestra.
To join a club, a signed participation form is required.
The signed participation forms must be returned to the school office, or to Miss Rusbatch directly.
I hope you all had a brilliant summer break. It was lovely to see the new Year 3 faces today. I hope you all had a positive and exciting first day at Downs Junior School. I look forward to meeting you properly during music lessons next Monday.
Have a peek at the Albatross Instagram account to view hundreds of photos of the rehearsals and performances: @albatrosswingsoffreedom
We witnessed many stunning performances today:
Mega Choir sang a song in Swahili for our Kenyan visitors and they LOVED it! They also sang Raise My Voice, Believe and Butterfly - demonstrating their abilities to sing in harmony.
Orchestra were in fine form - in fine tune and fine time as they performed a tango, a waltz, Somewhere Only We Know and Concerning Hobbits (from Lord of the Rings).
We were also treated to some solo performances from some of the members of the orchestra: Alisha, Ewan, Anna, Belle, Raffi and Madeleine.
Today's concerts finished with performances from the two winning bands from Battle of the Bands 2014. Sadly, Lucas was unwell and unable to perform so The (remaining) Outlaws pulled it together for a rocking performance of their song 'Rage' with Ido on piano, Stan on drums, Mackenzie on bass and Jyoti and Liam on vocals. Then the concert closed with I.N.C. performing Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' - Hamish on bass and Stan and Eva on guitar and vocals.
Well done everyone - your hard work and dedication this year more that paid off in the concerts -