Battle of the Bands lunchtime rehearsals have been in full swing for 4 weeks now - today it was the Year 6 rehearsal slot and there are lots of exciting and creative sounds flying around! For more information, visit the Battle of the Bands 2018 web page.
Today, year 6 have been learning how to perform the first phrase of the piece 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' by Grieg. Here's 6WP class ensemble (see the video below).
Next week, we'll develop the piece to include the next phrase. Eventually, we aim to further develop the overall sound by adding body percussion and voices.
Downs Junior School would like to thank Howard Blake and the production team behind The Snowman Live at the Theatre Royal Brighton. We all had a magical time and LOVED the show.
The brilliant thank you cards that you all made will be collected by Howard at the theatre this weekend. For more information about Howard Blake and The Snowman, visit the Howard Blake web page.
Orchestra has been cancelled on Thursday 25th January because
Miss Rusbatch will be accompanying Year 3 at the Theatre Royal.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
EXCITING NEWS - Howard Blake, the composer of the music for The Snowman, has generously offered to pay for 130 tickets for the Year 3 children from our school to watch The Snowman Live at the Theatre Royal Brighton this week!
We will be walking down to the Theatre Royal on Thursday to experience the show, with a live orchestra. We are so humbled and honoured by Howard's generosity.
It will be an unforgettable cultural and wintry experience for all.
If you and your family would like to experience The Snowman Live at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, CLICK HERE to book tickets. Performances in Brighton 24 - 28 January 2018.
Today, Mega Choir started to learn This Is Me from The Greatest Showman. The children in 4K and 4C also learned how to perform musical accompaniment for his song on ukulele and pbuzz. Amazingly, they've only had 2 lessons on these instruments.
Here's what you could sound like following a few months of lessons with our woodwind teacher Ross Williams. For more information about saxophone lessons, visit the Woodwind page.
Today, 5BM received a special performance from Thad, on his accordion:
Walking in the Air from The Snowman, composed by our friend, Howard Blake (OBE).
Reminder: All music clubs recommence NEXT WEEK.
All choir members and orchestra members must complete and return a sign-up form for the Spring Term 2018. These forms are available outside the school office and in the parent area. It's also possible to download the sign-up form from this site - see the QUICK LINKS on the right-hand column of the news page, plus the Clubs page, the Mega Choir page
and the Orchestra page.
Battle of the Bands 2018: In-school rehearsals will commence next week. There will be one rehearsal slot per year group each week.
12:30 - 13:00:
Monday = Year 3
Tuesday = Year 5
Wednesday = Year 6
Thursday = Year 4
Today, 5DR helped to create some new demonstration videos of some of the warm up activities, games and songs we do in lessons. Bop It is particularly frustrating but lots of fun too! To see more warm up videos, visit the WARM UP ACTIVITIES page.
Last year, Mimi (now in Year 6) starred in a TV advert for Heart FM. This year, she's BACK - IN the back, that is, of a new audi car, discussing her own ideas for the future of driving.
Well done Mimi! Watch below...
Hope you all had a fun and restful holiday. Welcome back to school!
Music club sign-up forms and Battle of the Bands entry forms are now available to download.
Either click on the relevant form below, or visit the Clubs Page
or the Battle of the Bands 2018 page.
- Head of Music -
- Guitar / Bass -
Lisa De Simone
- Violin / Viola -
- Cello -
- Double Bass -
- Flute / Recorder -
- Clarinet / Oboe -
- Saxophone / Bassoon -
- Brass -
- Piano -
- Drum Kit -
- Voice -
- 01273 293524 -
Children can only receive tuition for ONE instrument during class curriculum lesson time