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May 2017

Géza Szilvay visits Gallions Primary School

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On Friday 26th May Gallions Primary School was honoured to have the founder of Colourstrings Géza Szilvay in the audience for our half term concert. Mr Szilvay recently became a patron of the Gallions Music Trust and this was his first visit to Gallions. He was joined by representatives from the Szilvay Foundation and Colourstrings UK. Before the concert we had a tour of the school, including our fabulous purpose built Music Centre.

The Gallions Music Centre

The Gallions Music Centre

The concert featured a number of ensembles with over 70 children from Years 3-6 performing. Despite being in a very warm hall the children gave a fantastic performance, impressing the audience not only with their musical offerings but also with their sheer professionalism. Two Year 5 viola players started the concert with a duet they have been practicing together during the term. After giving concerts with Michael Bochmann just a week ago the Senior Orchestra took to the stage again with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and Vivaldi’s Spring. We heard the joint force of the Junior and Senior Choirs performing ‘Trouble Fly’ and a traditional African song. The Junior Orchestra wowed us with their Moravian and Czech dances. There were also brilliant performances from some of our Year 3 and 4 cello and violin groups and a Double Bass solo from one Year 4 pupil.

We were also delighted to have our local MP Stephen Timms in the audience. Mr Timms is a fantastic supporter of our school and attends all of our concerts. We are especially grateful that he took time out from election campaigning to be with us for our concert.

Thank you to everyone who braved the heat of the hall to support our brilliant pupils!

Senior Orchestra perform with violinist Michael Bochmann

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The Gallions Senior Orchestra was thrilled to be invited to perform in not one but two concerts alongside violinist Michael Bochmann as part of Water City Music ( Michael Bochmann is a wonderful violinist and is a violin professor at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Year 5 Gallions musicians rehearse Amazing Grace with Michael Bochmann at Clifford Chance.

On Wednesday 17th May our Year 5 orchestral musicians went to Clifford Chance to perform Amazing Grace and Vivalid’s Spring as part of a lunchtime concert in a packed auditorium. Our pupils also had the opportunity to listen to Michael and his accompanist Esther Cavett perform a Sonatina by Dvorak, Monti’s famous violin show piece Czardas, Nigun by Ernest Bloch and a trio of Howard Skempton Miniatures. Before the concert Esther introduced the children to the musical themes they would hear in the Dvorak which enhanced their experience in the concert.

Gallions pupils listen to Esther describing the mood of the different movements in the Dvorak Sonatina at Clifford Chance.

On Friday 19th May it was the turn of our Year 6 pupils in Senior Orchestra to perform with Michael and Esther at St George the Martyr Church on Borough High Street. This was a new performance venue for the children and we really enjoyed the acoustics! The orchestra performed Amazing Grace and Vivalid’s Spring alongside Mr Bochmann. The concert was the launch of Water City Music’s schools concert series at the church and we hope to return for another concert next year.

Year 6 Gallions musicians rehearsing Vivaldi’s Spring with Michael Bochmann at St George the Martyr on Borough High Street.