As well as enjoying music and singing in class the children have many musical opportunities throughout the year.
We have a school choir, a ukulele group and a little orchestra. We are very lucky to have many children at various stages of learning instruments – we have strings and woodwind teachers who give lessons at school. Our annual Music Evening in May is now a regular fixture in the school diary – a chance for all our musicians, school music groups and choir to show off their wonderful talents to their friends and family.
Our 11th annual music evening has taken play again this May with almost fifty pupils taking part either playing an instrument or as part of the choir (or both!). With the Guitar club accompanied by drum percussion, the recorder club and the choir demonstrating their skills from internal club practice it was also wonderful to celebrate the accomplishment and dedication of pupils who also learn via the external facilities provided within school time for woodwind and violin lessons. This year also included several pupils who play the piano.
As a whole school, the children enjoy preparing songs and music for mass and assemblies with particular highlights being the Easter and Christmas Celebrations and the Year 6 Production. Once again, in September we were lucky enough to take part in a series of workshops delivered by the world class musicians from Chamber Domaine, culminating in joining other local schools for a most unusual ‘Frankenstein’ concert. We had lovely feedback from the group about how well prepared and involved the children were in the experience.
Over the past few years we have been invited to perform at various concerts with local adult choirs. Our year 4 and 5 classes were a credit to the school when singing as part of the Olympic Torch Celebrations in Mote Park and then performing at Mote Hall with The Maidstone Singers.
Our choir sang beautifully at a concert in St Mary’s West Malling with the Adult West Malling Community Choir this Christmas and our Year 6 class sang carols at a local nursing home which has become a real annual highlight in the year for both the children and their audience