Membership only costs £10 for the entire term - bargain!
Wednesdays at Balfour School
|Downs Junior School Music||
First rehearsal is FREE
Membership only costs £10 for the entire term - bargain!
Wednesdays at Balfour School
WOW!!! What a great atmosphere today.
Congratulations to all of our fabulous performers today.
The B&H Youth Big Band were amazing too.
Well done to everyone involved and thanks to the huge audience for your support.
What a weekend there is on offer in Brighton - endless festival events and all free, AND we're involved, so come and say Hi!
124 children from Years 5 & 6 will be performing with a mass youth choir, who'll be displaying the world premiere of rugby-inspired body percussion and songs (arranged by the brilliant James Redwood, alongside the talented B&H Youth Big Band.
We're performing at 3pm and again at 5pm tomorrow (Sunday) on the main stage on New Road.
These performances will form part of the Pitch Perfect festival of music and dance - live music and dance all day Saturday and Sunday 12-6 on New Road, in the heart of the theatre district.
It'll be heating up at the Brighton Chilli Festival in Victoria Gardens today (Saturday). Chilli-eating contest, live bands, spicy foods, cocktails and craft beers.
The Brighton Japan Festival teams up with The Costume Games this weekend - head to the Old Steine Gardens and MOSHIMO to witness incredible live manga artists (incl. Lady Aiko) and bespoke costumes and outfits.
Christopher Nolan's Oscar-Winning costume team (from his Batman movies) will be around, helping visitors to construct their own costumes for the weekend!
The People's Festival on Hove Lawns will provide performances, music, food and art.
There'll be a Rugby World Cup Fan Zone, east of the pier, on the Beach with live outdoor screenings of the matches. There'll also be refreshments and activities from World Cup sponsors. Free entry and open 11am - 11pm.
There'll be a Costume Carnival on Madeira Drive at 6.30pm tonight (Saturday).
So, what are you waiting for?
Get out of the house and I'll see you there!!!!
Good luck to the 124 children from Year 5 and Year 6 who will be performing, twice, to public audiences on Sunday 20th September. If you'd like to come along and support us, we'll be performing on the huge stage on New Road at 3pm and again at 5pm.
Stella Hull and Shona Knight came into school today to talk to our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils about an exciting new choral opportunity for young singers in Brighton & Hove. Stella and Shona invited the children to attend a FREE choir taster session on Wednesday 30th September 2015.
Rehearsals take place at Balfour Primary School 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Membership costs only £10 per term. For more information, contact Stella Hull or visit the OYS website.
Thursday 17th September
3.30pm - 5.00pm
Downs Junior School hall
This rehearsal is for the performers in Year 5 and Year 6 who have returned their signed form.
The children in Year 5 and Year 6 have been invited to participate in a unique, once-in-a-lifetime concert to celebrate the Rugby World Cup in Brighton. They will be performing material that has been written by children from around the city (including our own Year 6 students during the summer term 2015); rugby-inspired body percussion, chanting and singing. The concert is a free public event so please come along and support and kids. It'll be a great day out for the whole family as there will be events and food/drink/craft stalls, live music, street entertainment, rugby training sessions for kids etc. all over the city centre. Come and join in and soak up the excitement and enjoy the music!
All DJS participants and their grown ups need to meet Miss Rusbatch at the bandstand in the Pavilion Gardens at 2..15pm. Grown ups / parents / carers are responsible for their children for the duration of the day. Between 3.30pm and 4.45pm there will be plenty of events and food stalls and entertainment to explore on the Old Steine and the beach.
For more information, visit the RWC Concert page. To confirm your child's involvement please complete, sign and return the form below:
This document is an overview of the music provision at Downs Junior School - clubs, events, private lessons, curriculum objectives, resources etc.
Please complete and sign the form below to enrol your child in a free extra-curricular music club:
SEPTEMBER 2015 - MUSIC CLUBS:
Jam Band will start on Tuesday 15th September
Mega Choir will start on Wednesday 16th September
Orchestra will start on Thursday 1st October
I hope you've all had a wonderful summer break. I look forward to seeing your fresh faces tomorrow (Friday) for the first day of the new academic year.
Dear Grown Up,
RUGBY WORLD CUP CONCERT – INVITATION TO PERFORM
Sunday 20th September 2015 – 2.30-3.00 and 4.30-5.00
The children at Downs Junior School have been rehearsing with Miss Rusbatch for a very special, once-in-a-lifetime, cultural and celebratory event: The talented songwriter James Redwood has been working with children and staff in a number of schools throughout Brighton and Hove, including Downs Junior School. The aim of the workshops was to create original rugby-inspired material (body percussion, beat boxing and songs), the results of which will be performed at a public concert to celebrate the Rugby World Cup (RWC). The RWC is being hosted in England this year with the teams from South Africa, USA, Samoa and Japan being based here in Brighton and Hove.
The event is free and will take place on Sunday 20th September 2015 on a huge stage outside the Unitarian Church on New Road. Please put this date in your diary. We will be involved in two mass-choir performances: 2.30pm-3.00pm and 4.30pm-5.00pm. In addition, there will be countless performances from bands, ensembles and arts organisations from around the city.
DRESS CODE: A top, which is predominantly RED in colour. Black trousers/shorts/skirt.
The event is for children who will be in years 5, 6, 7 & 8 this September. The Year 6 children who are leaving us this year may be moving on to a secondary school that is also taking part. I can confirm that Varndean and Dorothy Stringer Schools are both taking part and will be participating in the same concert with their Year 7 and Year 8 students in September.
Unfortunately, the children who are currently in Year 3 (and will be entering Year 4 in September) are too young to perform on stage at the event, but I’m hoping plenty of you will come in your droves to support the older children and maybe even join in from within the audience.
REHEARSAL: There will be an important rehearsal for everyone who is interested in taking part on Thursday 17th September 3.45pm – 5.45pm at Varndean School.
Further details of this event will be distributed in September.
I’m hoping you all have a lovely summer break and wishing the Year 6 children a wonderfully exciting and smooth transition to Year 7.
Head of Music – Downs Junior School
WOW WOW WOW - Year 6 you were all INCREDIBLE this week. 5 performances in 3 days - each show a huge success. Thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in bringing this show together.
The live band were faultless. The Musical Director and pianist (Jacy, aged 11) glued the 90 minute show together by providing fill-music, incidental music and full accompaniment for all of the songs. Joseph lifted the melodies of the songs beautifully on his violin and Daniel brilliantly accompanied 6WPM on guitar. Solid percussion performances were provided by Hugh, Tom W, Ingrid, Frank and Rhythmic Raffi!
The tech teams in each class were so focused and precise - their lighting cues and sound effects hugely added to the atmosphere and professionalism of the whole show. The children involved in making and sourcing props and costumes did a great job.
All of the performers on stage truly brought Roald Dahl's fabulous story to life. Final congratulations and thanks to every staff member who worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to create such a wonderful performance opportunity for our brilliant students before they head off to high school.
STANDING OVATIONS, RAPTUROUS APPLAUSE AND TEARS OF HAPPINESS AND PRIDE.
Many, many thanks to everyone involved in last week's Summer Festival BBQ, especially the members of FODJ - thanks to everyone who did their part in organising, participating or attending. By all accounts, the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, and the Children's Laureate Chris Riddell thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
I am incredibly proud of all of the children who performed on the stage and I was excited about the formation of a staff/parent band! Huge thanks to the talented parents and members of staff who took part, including Mr Franceschi on tambourine!
Please note that ALL music clubs (choirs, orchestra and ensembles) have now ended for this academic year.
A new club will be introduced in the Autumn Term; it will be for confident drummers, guitarists and ukulele players in years 5 and 6. The club will provide an opportunity to jam, improvise, compose and perform together and will also include optional singing, rapping and beat boxing.
- Head of Music -
- Guitar -
Lisa De Simone
- Violin / Viola -
- Cello -
- Double Bass / Bass Guitar -
- Woodwind -
- Brass -
- Piano -
- Keyboard -
- Drum Kit -
- Voice -
- 01273 293524 -