A Quintete from the Beauchamp Sinfonietta performed for the school
On Thursday 28th September, we were lucky to be visited by musicians from the Beauchamp Sinfonietta. Based in Leamington Spa, the Beauchamp Sinfonietta is one of the best chamber orchestras in the West Midlands. (click here if you'd like to find out more: ) Rather than the whole orchestra (who probably wouldn't fit in our hall!), the visitors formed a 'Wind quintet'. As they explained, quintet means that there were five of them; wind instruments are ones you blow into (or across in the case of the flute) to produce a sound. Each player explained what their instrument was, how to play it and why they enjoy playing that particular instrument. It was really interesting learning about the different instruments, some of which our children had never seen. The 5 instruments were: flute, oboe, French horn, bassoon and the clarinet. They played a few pieces, including dances which children might have seen on Strictly; the music sounded amazing and everyone had an amazing time.  
Rocksteady Concert
On Tuesday 18th July, we had our very first 'Rocksteady' concert, which was watched by the rest of school and lots of parents. The children have been developing skills in playing electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards and singing. They have been learning to performing as a 'band' - collaborating to develop their songs ready for performance. They were all simply amazing! Each band worked well together, and it was fantastic to see the enthusiasm and personality of the band members emerging on stage. They received huge rounds of applause from very impressed parents and other children/staff in school. 
Keyboard Asembly
On Friday 14th July, we were treated to performances by children who have been learning the keyboard. They ranged in experience from those who have been learning since the start of this school year to those who have been learning for 3 or 4 years. All of them performed really well, including those who played in small groups - keeping timing to perform together is really tricky!  Well done to them all.   
Violin Performance
On 6th July, the whole school were treated to a performance from children who have been learning the violin. They played in small groups and in pairs - and we even had a child performing a solo. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up and perform in front of an audience and it was lovely to hear how they have progressed this year. Well done to all of our violinists! 
An encounter with opera! 
On Thursday 15th June, children in years 3 and 4 had a wonderful musical experience when we welcomed three musicians from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire into school. Not only were the musicians exceptionally talented, but they were also amazing with the children, getting them all involved. The musicians sang sections of  songs from famous operas, explained how they project their voices and demonstrated how they portray their characters. It was then time for the children to become involved - singing and also freeze-framing parts of a song. We were all totally mesmerized! We'd like to express our thanks to Leamington Music ( who arranged this early introduction to opera - it was an amazing experience.  
Whole school music afternoon
We are very lucky to have specialist music teacher, Jeremy Dibb, teaching our children on a weekly basis as part of Warwick a Singing Town. Year groups learn different songs and this afternoon, they had the opportunity to perform to each other then sing some songs together. As part of the afternoon, children learning the violin were able to perform to the whole school. They played collectively as well as in pairs and small groups. It takes a great deal of courage to perform for the school and we were all very impressed with the progress they have made.