Music at Clatford
Musical experiences are highly valued at Clatford. The children experience and participate in a wide range of live music through visits, visitors and events.
Annual whole school events include:
- Music afternoon: An afternoon of music sharing by parents and wider family; Clatford pupils; John Hanson and Test Valley secondary school pupils; local community performers. Everyone enjoys the wide range of vocal and instrumental performances and the atmosphere is one of support and celebration of talent whether beginners or more experienced performers!
- Young Voices massed choir at O2 London: Music manager Mrs Isaac attends the teacher training in London in September and then teaches Singing Club a selection of contemporary and traditional songs including themed medleys. The children then attend the O2 at the end of January where they spend the afternoon rehearsing with approximately seven and a half thousand other children. The concert in the evening is a blend of the massed choir, street dancers, top musicians performing to a packed audience. It is an exceptional event which children and adults all love!! From the Young Voices website.........
Our choirs range from 4,500 to 8,500 children, all performing at the same time to capacity audiences of friends and family.
Nothing can prepare you for the sound of thousands of children singing in harmony. Young Voices combines the power of singing together as one, with accompaniment from a wide range of musicians and artists, to create an amazing performance.
Every year, schools across the country practise our music in class with their teachers to prepare themselves to take part in these massive concerts. Over the years the children in the choir have performed with artists such as Alexandra Burke, Joss Stone, and Gary Barlow as well as raising over 1 million pounds for Children’s charities such as CLIC Sargent.
With a full live band, backing singers and the internationally acclaimed conductor David Lawrence, it makes for one of the most exciting and memorable musical experiences you can imagine.
Every year we have concerts at The O2 in London, The LG Arena in Birmingham, The Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, and the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.
National Sing Up Day: Each class chooses, rehearses and performs a song . Sometimes we invite pupils from other schools with which our 'Singing Ambassadors' have been working to join us and contribute a song of their choice. The class songs are interspersed with favourites chosen by the children. This afternoon is a celebration of singing!
Singing to VIPS at Christmas (Singing Club sing to Andover visually impaired at their Christmas dinner)
In addition to the annual events, classes participate in the following:
- Y3 attend 'Orchestra Unwrapped' at the Anvil, Basingstoke. They learn a musical story based on a classical piece and through this they learn about the composer and his musical intentions. They participate with rhythmic body percussion and learn words to song sections interspersed throughout the piece. When they attend the concert with many other schools, they also experience a range of other pieces performed by the London Philharmonia Orchestra including current and past film music, classical and a range of other.
- Y4 attend Hampshire Music Service Primary School Prom at The Anvil. This is a concert from children belonging to a range of musical groups including brass bands, singing soloists/groups, strings groups, percussion groups. All are in primary, secondary or further education. The children also participate in a big song!
- Y5 attend an orchestral concert at Central Hall Southampton in which they learn about the different orchestral groups through demonstration and participation. Musical stories are performed by the orchestra and some children get the opportunity to conduct the orchestra or play percussion instruments with the main orchestra.
- Key stage Vocal Festivals
- Recorder festivals
- One off musical events/experiences: Recent examples include -Y5 took part in a music community project in which composer John Miles worked with different Andover groups and schools to produce songs based on their experiences and feelings about the area. This culminated in a concert at 'The Lights' in which local choirs, schools and groups performed. Y4 are preparing for a Cathedral vocal Project to be performed in Winchester Cathedral.