Music Blog
  • School Concert (Mrs Crooks)

    Congratulations to all the children who worked so hard and performed so beautifully at the virtual school concert this week. The concert can be viewed here:

    https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/566639100/dc012c2d63

    A huge thanks goes to Mrs Barr and her daughter for all the work they did to make this happen.

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    The Biggest SIng (Mrs Stratton)

    Chrishall Primary School joined together with many other schools to take part in a record breaking attempt as part of the Biggest Sing organised. Key Stage 2 had practised in their separate bubbles, learning a tricky version of Lovely Day. This afternoon, we joined, via Zoom, with over 360,000 other pupils in the UK and across the world to sing together for this special event. You can watch us in action here: https://vimeo.com/563307847/1f9ade427a and find out more about Young Voices and the charity they are supporting here: https://www.youngvoices.co.uk/.

     

     

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  • Musical Mountain Compositions (Mrs Crooks)

    In music we are exploring composition using both "real" instruments and technology. Children are taking turns to use "O-Generator" on the ipads and work in small groups with instruments to create compositions which reflect a mountain-scape. They have been thinking about the elements such as pitch, volume and structure and how these can help the listener understand the story behind the music.

    We have also been reheasing and refining our version of "Hall of the Mountain King" from the Peer Gynt Suite by Edward Grieg. Here we are in action:  https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/569348585/00b8a44e50 

       

  • Dangerous Music in Lowry (Mrs Crooks)

    Linking with their learning about Romans, this term Class Lowry have been listening to the musical soundtrack to scenes from the film Gladiator and finding out how music can "paint a picture" or set a mood. 

    Today they set about composing their own music to give a sense of danger. Together we looked at tempo, dynamics, rhythms, note duration and "clashes" and then each group used these to good effect to create an atmosphere in their compositions. I was really impressed with both their compositions and also their teamwork - Well done Lowry!.

  • Easter Connections (Mrs Bratley)

    Newton Class have been looking at songs that have a connection to Easter, and performing ostinato accompaniments to refine their performance skills, playing exact rhythms in unison and using tuned percussion instruments with precision to produce the best tone. They have been playing along to 'Praise You' by Fatboy Slim and 'Happy Easter' sung by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and had a good discussion about how songs written in different decades sound different and why.

    Click on the link to watch a clip of the children performing ...

    https://vimeo.com/525998614

      

  • Lowry's musical instruments (Mrs Crooks)

    As Lowry have been looking at Science and Inventions this half term, we investigated how different musical instruments make their sounds. We looked at different instruments of the orchestra, and Alice, Cameron and Margaux kindly played their instruments to show us how they work. Then we set about designing and making our own instruments.

    Our instruments had to be able to play more than one pitch, and belong to either the string, percussion or wind instrument families.

    We then composed some music together, and decided which instruments sounded best playing at the same time by considering their timbre.

    Mia found that by putting tubs inside her instrument it made it much louder - great thinking Mia!

  • Chrishall Church organ (Mrs Crooks)

    As part of our music lessons in Lowry we have been looking at different instruments from Anglo-Saxon times and comparing them to modern equivalents. We took a trip down to the village church where Jon Wayper and his wife Liz kindly showed us how the church organ worked - today, and in the days before  electricity. Liz then played us some different tunes to demonstrate the different sounds the organ can make, while Jon helped by pressing the foot pedals. Lowry spontaneously joined in singing when she started playing "All Things Bright And Beautiful", as they had learnt it for the Harvest celebrations last week. It was interesting to learn about an instrument that we don't find in school, although Cameron did realise that the way it works is similar to how his cornet works. We are very grateful to Jon and Liz for giving up their time to show us the Church Organ.

     

  • Rhythmwork in Lowry (Mrs Crooks)

    Lowry class enjoyed composing rhythm patterns on percussion instruments. After using standard notation to record it, they then combined their rhythm with that of their learning partner, and played the two rhythms together. They worked hard to keep their part against the other, and it was lovely to see how they improved over the lessons.

        

  • Class Newton's Musical Menagerie (Mrs Crooks)

    During Home Learning Class Newton have been listening to Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens as inspiration to compose their own music. I was very impressed by the quality of the work they produced, and we put them together to make Class Newton's Musical Menagerie comprising of;

    Squirrel by Barney, The Cricket by Ewan, Swan Rain Dance by Hetty, Chameleon by Josh, Cow by Lucinda, Flight of the Butterfly by Izzy, ELephant by Adam, and Seagulls by Lorna

  • Gospel Choir Report by JH (Mrs Stratton)

    On Sunday the 8th of March, the school choir sang in Chrishall church with the Cambridge Gospel Choir. It was an exciting afternoon, but unfortunately we couldn't have a rehearsal because the gospel choir were late. Hundreds were there, including : Alison, Mrs Crooks, Mrs Dyer, Reverand Arnand and many others. We had a great time and the afternoon tea  was delicious. Only six of our choir were there : Josh, Tilly, Hermione, Alice, Libby and Grace. Thank you for the supporters, the school choir and the gospel choir for helping set up. I hope if you were there you enjoyed it and felt moved by the music.

  • A Song a Day! (Mrs Crooks)

    Please click on this link to access a song for every day of the week, and details of related activities that you might want to do at home. Many of these songs children will know as we have sung them in school assemblies.

     

    https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/?utm_source=homepage&utm_campaign=ootamathome2&utm_medium=banner

  • Gospel Choir! (Mrs Crooks)

    A few members of choir came along to Chrishall Church on Sunday to join in the Praise Concert. They had the opportunity to sing a song with the Cambridge University Gospel Choir. See below for a report written by Josh.

    On Sunday the 8th of March, the school choir sang in Chrishall church with the Cambridge Gospel Choir. It was an exciting afternoon, but unfortunately we couldn't have a rehearsal because the gospel choir were late. Hundreds were there, including : Alison, Mrs Crooks, Mrs Dyer, Reverand Arnand and many others. We had a great time and the afternoon tea  was delicious. Only six of our choir were there : Josh, Tilly, Hermione, Alice, Libby and Grace. Thank you for the supporters, the school choir and the gospel choir for helping set up. I hope if you were there you enjoyed it and felt moved by the music.

  • Young Voices 2020! (Mrs Crooks)

    We had a fantastic day at The O2 Arena, taking part in the Young Voices concert last week. We joined with schools from all over the South East to form a choir of 8244 children (plus a few teachers too!), to perform the songs we have been learning over the past 6 months to a huge audience of parents. It was amazing to sing alongside professional singers and we also enjoyed the street dancing from Urban Strides. Here are a few photos from the day.

     

  • Composing in the style of Mayan music (Mrs Crooks)

    Class Newton have developed their skills in composing this term. They have been listening to and appraising mayan music before composing their own version. They have showed control in playing a range of instruments including the recorder and flute, as well as making choices of other instruments based on their timbre. Each group worked on the structure of their composition and the results were very pleasing.

  • Friday 10th January (Mrs Purbrick)

     

    ......a photo of our impromptu African drumming workshop which we took part in this afternoon.  It was a lot of fun.

    (An extract from Potter's blog)

  • Lowry's amazing Drumming performance (Mrs Crooks)

    Lowry performed their African Drumming composition in today's assembly. We were all amazed by their concentration and ability to remember such a complex piece, and also impressed that every child showed the confidence to have a turn at a mini-solo. 

     

  • Catching up with Christmas (Mrs Stratton)

    The end of last term was fully of excitements and festivity. The children has been using their musical skills honed over the term to play together as a orchestra to accompany the singing during the Carol Concert. The picture below shows the final rehearsal in full swing, with Mrs Crooks as conductor. 

     

     

  • Friday 10th January (Mrs Dyer)

    Nightingale Class enjoyed the African Drumming workshop with Dan today.

    They all listened really well and managed to copy the rhythms and beat really well. They all thought up African animals then considered rhythms that would suit each one and then together we composed a short piece of music.

  • Carol singing (Mrs Crooks)

    The choir have had a busy couple of days, singing at the School Carol Service and at the Great Chishill Christmas Tree festival. I have been impressed with the way the children have learnt all the words of their songs, and how they have worked to improve their ensemble and diction. Well done Choir!

  • Harvest Festival (Mrs Crooks)

    The choir are rehearsing hard to learn the songs for their trip to the O2 in February for the Young Voices concert. They shared one of their songs, Ode to Joy, at the harvest festival.

    The orchestra have been working on their performance skills, and accompanied one of the hymns at the service, well done to all the children for performing so confidently.

                                              

  • Mrs Barr's Annual Concert (Mrs Crooks)

    Mrs Barr was very proud of all the children who played beautifully in her concert. Well done everyone (and good luck to those taking grade exams tomorrow!)

  • Mountain Music Compositions (Mrs Crooks)

    Class Newton have been listening to some mountain-inspired music, and noticed that the music often gets higher, faster and louder to give the impression of going up a mountain. In groups they have been composing their own mountain music, including the same elements, which we recorded on Friday.

    Great teamwork with some great results Class Newton!

  • BBC music day (Mrs Crooks)

    The whole school joined in with BBC Music day, participating in a singing event via the internet. It was lovely to see the concentration and enthusiasm from children right across the school.