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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!

Gallions Winter Concert 2018

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For the third successive year Gallions held their Winter concert at the Porsche Centre East London showroom. Over a 100 children from Gallions performed on the day as both the Senior and Junior Choirs and Orchestras performed pieces that had been working on for the term.

There were also performances from our new look Bass Attack that is now made up of Y3 & 4 students. Whilst a Violin and Viola group from Y4 also gave a group performance. We also featured a solo performance from one of our Y4 cello students who has just started after school lessons this term.

The concert ended with the Senior Orchestra combining with Junior Choir to close the show with a rendition of “We wish you a merry Christmas” that got everyone in the showroom singing along. It was a great note to end the show on.

Thanks again to Ivan Howell, Amy Dennis and the rest of the staff for their continued support of music at Gallions Primary School by hosting our concert and continuing to fund transport costs involving the Gallions pupils performing.

Gallions Senior Strings perform alongside Michael Bochmann

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Michael Bochmann performing alongside our Senior String players

 

After the success of last year’s concerts Gallions were again invited to work with Michael Bochmann for a performance at the St George The Martyr Church in Southwark.

Rather than taking the full senior orchestra we chose a selection of our top Year 6 & Year 5 Violin and Viola players as well as two Y5 cellos. This allowed us to give valuable performance experience to some of the talented children who do not currently attend Orchestra of being part of a larger group performance and find inspiration watching professionals perform.

Bochmann visited the school a couple of weeks before the performance to practise pieces with the children and was impressed with how quickly the children had picked it up. On the day itself the children performed two pieces on their own and then accompanied Bochmann and his own quartet featuring a Piano, Viola and Cello for two pieces. The children performed extremely well and enjoyed watching the performances of the professionals too. All in all a fantastic afternoon once again demonstrating just how brilliantly talented the Gallions pupils are.

Thank you once again to Michael Bochmann (https://www.michaelbochmann.com/) for giving Gallions pupils this amazing experience!

Gallions pupils perform at the Royal Festival Hall

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On Tuesday 18th July 20 pupils in Year 5 performed in the final concert of a two year project with NewYVC Unite. Gallions pupils joined together with children from across East London to form the massed choir.

Over the past two years pupils have learned songs spanning different geographies, crossing time periods and in a range of languages. They have taken part in cluster rehearsals at various schools in Newham and even given up a Saturday afternoon for a special rehearsal at Stratford Circus Arts Centre ahead of the big concert.

On the day pupils spent the whole afternoon in rehearsals preparing for the performance. Every child was given a commemorative t-shirt to wear in the concert and keep afterwards. The concert was a roaring success and the pupils were delighted to see so many parents, family members and teachers in the audience!

Any young singers interested in joining the main NewYVC choir, please follow this link: https://stratford-circus.com/event/newyvc-choir/#data-sc-tabs-alt-index%3D%220%22=overview

Gallions Orchestra play at the Tower of London

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On Friday 7th July the Gallions Senior Orchestra performed to hundreds of visitors at the Tower of London as part of Water City Music (http://watercitymusic.com/).

We travelled by coach to the Tower and set up on the Bowling Green Stage. The 40-strong orchestra performed three twenty-minute sets to crowds of visitors to one of London’s most famous historic landmarks. We performed a number of the pieces that we have learned this academic year including Vivaldi’s Spring, Ode to Joy, Valse and Amazing Grace (featuring year 6 pupil Cristina as soloist).

In between performances we were able to explore the Tower of London. We saw the scaffold site where two of Henry VIII’s wives were beheaded, watched the guards changing in front of the Crown Jewels and heard all about the ravens who reside at the Tower.

Thank you to Michael Bochmann (https://www.michaelbochmann.com/) for giving Gallions pupils this amazing experience!