Stanhope choir recently performed in the Ealing Autumn Festival in two concerts with the Russian chamber choir, “Voskresenije” (pronounced Vos - kre - sen – ye).
Voskresenije (in English: Resurrection) is one of St Petersburg’s finest chamber choirs. Stanhope choir sang with the Russian chamber choir at Southall Library and Ealing Central Library this month. Stanhope choir and the Russian chamber choir performed the classical piece, “Magna Carta”, by the Russian composer, Panufnik, to celebrate the octocentenary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. The choirs also sang “Oh, Freedom”, a folksong of the American Civil War, and “Kalinka”, a Russian folksong.
ESMA Christmas concert Thursday 3rd December 2015 at St Barnabas Church
Stanhope choir will be taking part in the ESMA spring concert at St. Barnabas Church in Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, W5 1QG at 7:00pm on Thursday 3rd December 2015. The concert is in a church because the building holds a large amount of people. The children will not be expected to take part in an act of worship.
You will need to bring your child to St Barnabas Church no later than 6:45pm. Please note that there are no parking facilities available and we would ask that parents park with consideration in the surrounding area.
The children need to be smartly dressed in their school uniform, including black shoes.
If you are intending to bring younger children to the concert, we would please ask that they are kept under close supervision and are not allowed to wander around.
Due to current legislation, we are unable to allow anyone to take photographs or make videos of children’s concerts.
There will be an entrance charge (TBC) for the concert for all attending the concert, except the performing children, who will be free.
Music in Key Stage 1
During Key Stage 1 pupils listen to a wide range of music. They play musical instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments and creating short compositions. They explore and enjoy how sounds and silence can create different moods and effects.
Children do this through singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes, playing tuned and untuned instruments, and rehearse and perform with others.
Children use body percussion (eg clapping) and instruments to create musical patterns and organise sounds.
Children also explore and express their ideas and feelings about music using movement, dance and expressive and musical language.
Music in Key Stage 2
During Key Stage 2 pupils sing songs and play instruments with increasing confidence, skill, expression and awareness. They improvise, and develop their own musical compositions, and explore their thoughts and feelings through music from different times and cultures.
Children do this through singing a variety of songs from other cultures, in unison and two parts.
Children play tuned and untuned instruments with control and rhythmic accuracy, and use ICT software to compose music.
Children practise, rehearse and present performances with an awareness of the audience.
Wider Opportunities: Ukelele and Singing
In year 4, children have the opportunity to develop their musical skills through learning the Ukelele with a specialist tutor.
The whole school, from Reception to Year 6, is taught singing by a specialist singing tutor in an assembly every Tuesday.
In Key stage 2, years 4, 5 and 6 are invited to join the choir club which rehearses after school on a Monday between 3.15 and 4.30. The school choir performs in concerts at St Barnabas church, North Ealing, every Christmas and Spring. The school choir also sings carols at the Neem Tree Care Home for the elderly every Christmas.
The school choir has performed in two professionally run operas so far. Last year they sang in a production of “Noyes Fludde” by Benjamin Britten, and this year the choir and instrument pupils sang and played in a production of “Gallileo” by Gillian Spragg, both for the Ealing Autumn Festival.
In years 3 to 6, children are able to learn instruments in small groups, taught by specialist instrument tutors. We provide lessons for violin and guitar.
Performances and Recordings
Other one-off projects this year include the “Stanhope Soar” project. This was designed to build links with the community by performing in local events A local composer, Keith Ford, was commissioned by the school to compose songs about community life. The year 5 choir performed these songs at the Greenford festival, the Ealing Schools Music Festival and at Westfield Shopping Centre. The songs were professionally recorded and a CD was made, available from the school.