Music is very important at Great Bedwyn.
We are very pleased to welcome back Laura Barker to take over the running of our School orchestra. We also have a vibrant school choir – here is a link to them singing the Great Bedwyn School song, together with the accompanying video:
In Great Bedwyn School, the children enjoy a good introduction to music. As the children get older they have many opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments, some which are taught by the school music teacher and others by volunteers and paid peripatetic teachers.
There are opportunities to learn guitar, piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet and violin. Each week a selection of our musicians have the opportunity to play for the whole school in our Celebration assembly.
We hold concerts throughout the year to celebrate the talents of our musical pupils and many of them often support events that are taking place in the village out of school hours.
The children did us proud in December 2017 as we put on our annual Christmas Carol Concert to a packed Church. The range of talent was outstanding, from solo and small group performances to the beautiful choral singing of the choir. The school orchestra rounded off the evening with a fantastic rendition of Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, with the whole Church joining in.
Many of our children sing in the choir and this takes place sometimes during the school day and at other times it runs as an after school club for children from year 3 upwards. We regularly have the chance to perform with the community’s Millennium Choir, which is a fantastic opportunity for us to meet wider members of our community. We sang with them most recently at Christmas in St Mary’s Church.
As well as being heard at concerts the children perform at the local residential homes for the elderly, where their talents are always appreciated.
In December 2017, thirty children travelled, with instruments in tow and singing voices finely tuned, to perform a selection of new Christmas carols to the delight of the Brendoncare Nursing Home residents. The entertainment comprised of our handbell group, selected members of the orchestra and the school choir. The children chatted beautifully to the residents and their visit was greatly enjoyed by all.
On January 16th 2017, Year 5 and Year 6 had the fantastic opportunity to perform at the O2 at the Young Voices concert with over 8000 other voices. It was a spectacular event which both parents and children enjoyed.
In Year 3, we offer pupils the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with the peripatetic music teachers who visit our school. These private music teachers operate their timetables, group sizes and prices slightly differently. The music teachers only have a limited number of lesson slots available due to instrumental lessons only taking place outside of lesson time and the Music room space being in high demand.
|Flute, clarinet, sax, trombone, cornet, horn||Mr Crouter|
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