Thank you very much to the 39 bands who have entered this year's Battle of the Bands. The Audition List has been completed and is available to download below. The audition details can also be found on the Battle of the Bands 2015 page.
Thank you and congratulations to our wonderful brass musicians and their inspiring teacher, Sarah Leeves. They delivered two wonderful concerts to the whole school today. Maizy, Claudie, Bruno, Laurie, Reuben and Stanley bravely and brilliantly tooted their trumpets and inspired a new generation of brass players at Downs Junior School. Photos and videos can be viewed on the Brass Concert page.
Information, rules and entry forms are now available from outside the school office, outside the school music teaching room and available to download from the Battle of the Bands 2015 web page. Click here for more details.
I am excited to announce that the singer/songwriter Bella Spinks will soon be joining our wonderful team of private instrumental teachers. Bella will be offering voice lessons on Friday mornings in the main music room. For more information, click HERE.
Today was the first of 10 ukulele lessons for the children in 4DP and 4N. Our teacher, Mr McGuigan was REALLY impressed by the children's focus, behaviour, musicality and progress. A really promising start. Well done kids and thank you Mr McGuigan. For more information, see the Ukulele page.
I hope you had an enjoyable break. Please remember that all music clubs start NEXT WEEK - the week beginning Monday 12th January 2015.
Cinderella the Pantomime, featuring Mackenzie (Year 6) and Johnny (Year 4) alongside a professional cast to raise money for Martlets Hospice.
Will Cinderella get to the ball, meet the prince of her dreams and live happily ever after? Or will she remain forever in the evil clutches of her wicked step-mother and two of the ugliest sisters you are ever likely to set eyes upon!
Music Theatre 2000 and Showtime Productions are proud to bring to the Windmill Theatre a traditional, magical, musical pantomime for all the family to enjoy. Cinderella is one of the best-loved fairy tales of all time bursting with boos and cheers, songs and laughter. With a first rate cast of singing actors, dancers, a live band and featuring young performers from Drama Queens Musical Theatre School, this Cinderella is a must-see part of your Christmas celebrations.
For more information and to book tickets, visit http://cinderellapanto.co.uk
REMINDER: All music clubs have ended for 2014. They will resume the week beginning 12th January 2015.
Thanks to everyone who came and performed at Marks and Spencer to help raise money for Martlets Hospice.
Feedback from a lovely 86 year old lady who attended Downs Junior School in the 1930s.
The school has changed so much – very homely. I’m sure it’s one of the best schools. It was so well equipped – I’m so glad for the pupils. How times have changed – it was so different in my day. I shed a tear! It was so nostalgic. All the little ones today were so sweet, fidgeting with their tinsel and swishing their long hair – particularly one young lady with long fair hair. The concert was a great success.
Here's feedback from some more ex-pupils of Downs Junior School:
Many thanks for today’s entertainment and opportunity to see how well Downs is doing. It was really good to see the pupils’ enthusiasm and how well they respond to their music teacher’s splendid work. It was nice, too, to meet up and share memories with other ‘oldies’. We are all interested to see how the school has survived and moved on in today’s challenging world. Congratulations – and here’s to next year!
Tomorrow morning (10th) will be the final Mega Choir rehearsal for this school term. Similarly, Thursday 11th December will be the final Orchestra rehearsal for this term.
All music clubs will recommence the week beginning 12th January 2015.
What an incredible day of festive music making. Huge congratulations to all of the children involved.
At this same concert last year we were all thrilled (especially Miss Rusbatch) to hear that the composer, Howard Blake was planning to attend (as he used to attend Downs Junior School in the 1960s). I'm delighted to inform you that Howard came to this year's concert too. It was a wonderful surprise. Miss Rusbatch darted out onto Rugby Road after the concert to steal a quick photo with the man himself!