A day in the life of a Music Manager

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Back in March just before school closures became a reality Ashley Roye Gallions Primary School Music manager attempted to capture a day in his life at the school showcasing the many different activities he gets up to on a day at the school.

He managed to pick a particularly busy day which featured two orchestra rehearsals, two year group String concerts and a year group string rotation and ending the day with afterschool instrumental lessons and of course emails.

The role of a Music Manager at a school like Gallions is an amazing one as it means you have someone to organise and host concerts, capture images and videos to document the moments. Make sure children are in the right places at the right time and that you have orchestras full of children engaged keen and eager to learn, play and have fun. Above all else a Music teacher enables the teachers to focus on teaching whilst the chilldren get the benefit of the incredibly powerful experiences that music can provide and all the skills that you can learn by picking up an instrument.

The video below gives you a slight insight into the role and a glimpse of what can be achieved if more school’s invested in a role like the Music Manager to help enhance music education outcomes.

Music in Lockdown at Gallions

By | Concert, Donations

At the end of the Summer term the school held their first Virtual music concert. Children that had received bursaries from the Music Trust recorded video performances from their homes which were then compiled to give the school their first virtual concert.

The lockdown has meant that in a year that the school was due to hold an end of term fundraising concert celebrating 20 years of Gallions with our largest orchestra for a number of years our orchestra was disbanded. This did not mean that music died in Gallions, it is far too embedded into the school’s DNA to let that happen! So all children received weekly music assignments with YouTube lessons from their musicianship teachers Aimee and Emma. Some year groups received String worksheets to keep them connected to their instruments. Their instrumental teachers created videos that the children could listen to pieces they played and then answer questions based on what they heard.

Some children were able to continue their individual instrumental lessons via Zoom with their teachers who prepared them to give an end of term performance. And so we had videos of children playing pieces they had learned from their living rooms. It was wonderful. Alongside this in the absence of our orchestras the teachers recorded some pieces for the children to listen and see professionals in action and just what they could be capable of with dedication and hardwork (our kids already have the talent) if they put their mind to it.

I would always much rather have the children playing for their peers in the hall but that being said I am very proud of how all the children performed and how we have managed to keep music at the heart of Gallions during the lockdown.

 

A big thank you to The Clifford Chance Foundation for the grant they gave the Gallions Music Trust that enabled us to provide bursaries to children over the Academic school year.

The first Annual Gallions Half Marathon

By | Donations

This year the Gallions Music Trust had 3 runners signed up to take part in the 2020 Hackney Half Marathon and raise money for the Trust. Unfortunately the pandemic swept the country and the event was postponed. Gallions Music Manager Ashley Roye had other ideas though and wouldn’t let Covid-19 prevent him from putting on his running shoes and decided to run a half marathon around the school instead.

In the final week of term Ashley set off at 9:30 in the morning and began his 13.1 miles around  the school. As he ran he was joined by different pupils and staff over the course of the morning running laps, getting in the way, making posters and cheering him on. He finished in just under 3 hours collapsing in the Music centre after completing the final yards!

So far he has raised over £400 for the Music Trust. You can still donate by clicking the link here.

We hope that this will be an annual school event moving forward any volunteers that are up for the challenge get in touch!

 

 

Year 6 Full Circle Performance at the Royal Albert Hall!

By | Concert, Performance

In November a group of Y6’s were involved in an 8 week project with Newham Music and Lister Community school which saw hundreds of children from different schools around Newham perform together at the Royal Albert Hall.

It was an amazing occasion here are the thoughts of one of our Y6’s Aanya on the performance at the Royal Albert Hall:

 

For the first time ever, some lucky Year 6 children went to the Music For Youth proms (MFY) at the Royal Albert Hall! They performed in front of hundreds of people on the 12th of November. All of these children had to learn four songs written by Newham pupils from Lister Secondary: We stick like bricks, Unbreakable lines, Now I can do anything and the finale song The future is Us. Thinking back on this wonderful experience, these songs were very inspirational.

It wasn’t scary performing in front of a large audience  because I realised that many other people were also beside me. It encouraged me to keep on singing and not to be afraid. I loved the songs as three of them were very motivation, however one of them was sad.

 

I would love to do this again. I want to have the same feeling again like I had when I was on stage. It was a great experience for all Year 6 children.

Magnard Ensemble Gallions concert

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Cavatina arranged for the Magnard Ensemble to come and join us for a 1 hour Chamber music concert. We chose an audience of Y5 Orchestra students and the children that have additional instrumental lessons. The children were treated to a wonderful classical pieces listening to instruments some had never heard before. They engaged with the ensemble as they performed different songs and talked about their instruments the flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet and French Horn.

 

It was a great morning  showing once again not only the power of music but that the children at Gallions can enjoy and be enthralled by classical music.

 

A massive thank you to Tom and everyone at the Cavatina Trust who made this happen.