North Ealing Primary School Orchestra

School Orchestra Performance

09/10/19

Members of our school orchestra were invited to participate in a community event with other local primary schools, members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Notting Hill & Ealing High School Symphony Orchestra.

A busy day resulted in spectacular concert that celebrated the tireless work of Greta Thunberg in the interests of Climate Change issues.

Our pupils contributed their creativity and determination to achieve of their best in a concert that demonstrated their ability to contribute to the issues that face our world. With no music in front of them, this was a tribute to their engagement and commitment to our/ their planet’s future!

Our heartfelt thanks to Jane Stonebridge who tirelessly works towards ensuring that our pupils can access such wonderful opportunities and maximise their learning potential!

North Ealing is committed to its mission statement that we enable ALL pupils to achieve of their very best! Our Music Mission statement ensures that ALL of our pupils can engage in musical activities and contribute towards the musical life of the school and community.

VOLUNTEERS: IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SUPPORT US IN REHEARSALS ON A REGULAR BASIS, PLEASE EMAIL N.MEHEW VIA ADMIN. TUNING-UP, ENCOURAGEMENT, GUIDANCE ON FINGERING/BOWING ETC ALL VERY HELPFUL! YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE CURRENT BBS CHECKS.

The Orchestra

Our orchestra encourages pupils in Years 3-6 to explore together the many benefits of joint music making and is a living testimony to our learning values!

Music is arranged to suit players of all abilities and our instrumental music teachers encourage their pupils to join as soon as they have reached a basic level of musical understanding. Older pupils act as mentors to the younger as well as being stretched in their parts.

This year, we will be exploring music from films ‘Jurassic Park’, the classical period (Haydn Minuets), traditional songs ( ‘Drunken Sailor’) and popular songs as voted for by orchestra members!

IT IS EXPECTED THAT PUPILS ARRIVE WITH ALL MUSIC (FOLDER PROVIDED) REGULARLY AND THAT THEIR PART IS PRACTISED IN ADVANCE.

Performance

The orchestra performs regularly throughout the year and aims to showcase during school assemblies, at seasonal events and at our Spring Concert as well as holding open rehearsals each term to which parents are invited.
Current plans include an opportunity to work across Ealing with members of the London Philharmonic at a one-day workshop.

In the summer of 2019, orchestra members performed in St. John’s, Smith’s Square, with the Fulham Symphony Orchestra.

We take advantage of ANY opportunity to develop musical experience.

Our Aims

• to encourage a vibrant and active environment in which pupils can benefit from their hard work in learning an instrument and to promote confidence;
• to offer opportunities for pupils to take part in music making that, otherwise, they might miss out on;
• to work collaboratively with our dedicated instrumental teachers ( piano/ violin/ woodwind/ guitar) and encourage a positive attitude towards players of all abilities;
• to provide members with a broad canvas of musical styles and ideas;
• to show that music can be enjoyed at many levels and that ‘real’ music is alive and well in North Ealing Primary School!

Meets

• The orchestra meets on Wednesday mornings from 8:15 – 8:45 in the Music Room.
• Sectional rehearsals ( strings/ wind/ percussion) are built into this schedule.
• It is helpful for pupils to arrive FROM 8:05 (not before!).
• It is expected that pupils assist in setting up and putting away chairs/stands etc.

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