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New Vision Trust MAT Festival of Singing 2019

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Earlier in the year the music leads from the 4 schools that make up the New Vision Multi Academy Trust (MAT) that Gallions are part of began planning a concert that would bring the choirs from the 4 schools together for one very grand performance.

The event took place on Thursday 4th May at Nelson Primary School where their large hall, stage and lighting set up made it the ideal venue for the performance.

The children arrived in the afternoon where they took part in a big vocal warm up with music teachers from each school leading different exercises. The children then had a full run through before heading to the hall for the performance.

Each school performed a song on their own before all coming together to perform 4 songs as a powerful ensemble. It was quite a moment with the voices of all four schools coming together to show the power of singing. There was a good crowd of parents to watch including a handful of our parents who had made the trip.

We were the only choir to perform accapella and our choir lead Emma did a great job in showing elements of the Kodaly methods of music education that our provision is built on. It was a great experience for our children to visit another school and perform on a different stage. They did the school very proud.

Gallions Spring Music Concert 2019

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We held the Gallions Spring Music concert in the main hall on Friday March 29th. Just fewer than 100 children took part in performances for a big crowd of friends, family and staff. The audience enjoyed performances from our Senior and Junior Choirs, our Y4 Handel Violin Group and Y6 Handel Cello group and our Y3 & 4 Cello & Double Bass ensemble BASS ATTACK! We also saw the debut of Gallions first String quartet featuring three Violins and a Cello sounding quite wonderful.

The Junior Orchestra premiered a new composition from Composer Stephen Chadwick who will be working with Gallions more as our first composer in residence. The piece arguably generated the largest ovation of the afternoon.

We closed the show as always with two fine pieces from our Senior Orchestra who are really beginning to shape up nicely as we enter the final term.

The Music Team once again did an incredible job putting together an wonderful display of our children’s musical brilliance.

Boys Only Vocal Workshop

By | Workshops

For the last 5 months Living Voice have been running vocal workshops at Beckton Globe Library for boys aged 10 – 18, or 10 – 16. The aim is to create a space where boys can feel empowered, connected, safe, grow in confidence and enjoy a wide range of music making and performing opportunities.

A number of our boys have been attending the workshop and really enjoying themselves. To showcase what the boys had achieved so far we held a special workshop for all the boys in Y5 & 6 to come together. The year groups engaged in vocal warm up activities and watched as some of their classmates stepped forward and performed some of the pieces they have been learning. They ended singing a rendition of “Something inside so strong.” You can have a listen to a snippet below; it is both inspiring and powerful.

The Boys Only Workshops run every Wednesday 3:30-5:00 at the Beckton Globe Library.

 

Opera Up Close workshops at Gallions

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Last month Opera Up Close took over the Gallions Musicianship room for a day of workshops with our lovely reception children. Opera Up Close are working with Gallions as they continue to develop a new opera for 3-5 year olds based on the Jill Murphy classic “Peace at Last”. Members of the cast and creative team have led workshops alongside Gallions EYFS music lead Aimme Gardner with the children being wowed by the sights and sounds of a Bass clarinet and Harp as well as engaging with Opera singers and the story.

The workshops have been a great success to date and all bodes well for July when the Opera will premier at The Gallions Arts Festival.

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Gallions Choir West Ham Foundation Performance

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The Gallions Primary School Choir were invited to perform at The West Ham Foundations end of year awards celebration. Gallions has a strong relationship with the Foundation as their coaches support the school running sports activities at lunchtime on the playground, coaching the football teams, and reading support for the children that need it.

A selection of Year 5 & 4 children were chosen to open the celebration with a number of Christmas classics including Away in a Manager, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The choir led by Y1 TA Simcess Kamara and Music Manager Ashley Roye finished their performance with a rendition of the hit single from “The Greatest Showman” “This is me”. The children loved it as did the audience as they were given a huge round of applause as they left the stage. Fingers crossed the children did enough to warrant a return invite next year!