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Music at Horfield

Orchestra Workshop

Our school welcomed children from several other schools on 17th November to join in a workshop with the New Bristol Sinfonia.  Mr Dixon, who made a welcome return to our school from St Mary Redcliffe, conducted the orchestra and the children enjoyed playing extracts from the Nutcracker Suite, Star Wars, retelling the story of Peter and the Wolf (with some star bassoon playing by Alex!), along with some fantastic narrations written and read by some of the children with help from Mrs Steel.  There was a mini concert after school which was greatly appreciated by the audience of peers, friends, family and staff.

Our musicians also had a great opportunity to join and sit amongst the New Bristol Sinfonia orchestra in the Victoria Rooms to listen to them play Peter and the Wolf, Britten's Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra and the Nutcracker Suite.  The concert was compered by Miranda Krestovnikoff and Dr Alice Roberts and included Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Alsop playing as well! 

Amazing singing at Passenger Shed

Yet again, our KS2 choir surpassed themselves with a brilliant performance at the Green Conference in front of many international delegates organised by Bristol City Council.  They sang two sets inspired by "Being Green in Bristol" including two of their favourites, "Children don't need cars" and "I am the Earth".  We were also lucky to have our string quartet who accompanied the choir, along with Alice's lovely flute playing with another of our favourite repertoire songs, "Flying Free".  Many thanks to parents for bringing their children to the conference on a warm July Saturday evening.


Our Orchestra enjoys Ten Pieces throughout the year!

In October 2014, the whole orchestra went to view a special screening entitled 10 Pieces at the Cinema de Lux. Pieces varied from Holst The Planets, to Grieg, The Hall of the Mountain King which seemed to have been the favourite item. Each piece was introduced by a famous person or act, for example, Claudia Winkleman, Dick and Dom, and Faith and Floss from Dumping Ground.  

Then in November 2014, 10 children from our school Orchestra joined about 40 children from other schools at a rehearsal of the new Bristol Sinfonia at the Victoria Rooms, where they played two of the BBC ‘Ten Pieces,’  Britten’s Sea Interludes and John Adams Ghost Ride in a Fast Machine.  The conductor gave a talk about some of the instruments and then invited the children to sit in the orchestra while they rehearsed.

In June 2015, the orchestra travelled to Bristol University Students’ Union to take part in a BBC Ten Pieces performance with primary orchestras from across Bristol.  They played Mars, In the Hall of the Mountain King and The Firebird to an incredibly high standard!  They received many comments that people simply couldn’t believe that 7 – 11 year olds could play with such skill and professionalism!  Well done to all members of the orchestra and many thanks to Mr Dixon and Mrs Alsop for their invaluable teaching and commitment through the school year.

Click on the you tube link below to watch their performance!



Key Stage Two choir on Bristol Radio!

This Christmas, the Key Stage 2 choir’s voices could be heard on BBC Radio Bristol on Lucy Tegg’s programme on 7th December. The audience were treated to the choir’s atmospheric performance of Silent Night, sung in both English and German. The presenter even interviewed Miss Newnham about the choir’s other achievements this academic year. Congratulations choir!

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St Georges Christmas Concert

The Key Stage 2 choir gave a spectacular performance at St Georges on 2nd December. They took part in a Christmas concert with other schools from around Bristol. We were all extremely proud of their beautiful, enthusiastic singing! The choir were challenged to learn the harmony parts for many of the pieces and rose to this challenge spectacularly! Well done!




The Fresh Arts Festival

On Thursday 16th October, the Key Stage 2 choir performed as part of the Fresh Arts Festival at the new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital.

Their enthusiastic voices filled the space magnificently! They sang beautifully and hospital staff, patients and visitors commented on how their smiling faces and lovely singing brightened their day. 

One audience member even commented that she thought the children were selected as the best singers from all across Bristol!