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.

Junior Choir Perform at Gallions Reach

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Once again the Gallions children were invited to sing at the Christmas lights switch on at Gallions Reach Retail park. Armed with songbooks gloves and Santa hats our junior choir took to the stage and delivered festive classics like Rudolph the red nose reindeer, jingle bells and Santa Claus is coming to town.

At the end of the performance the children were joined on stage by Santa who launched the final countdown to the Christmas lights switching on and a flurry of snow and more Christmas tunes for the children (and parents) to sing along too. It was a wonderful afternoon with the children delivering a brilliant performance.

The junior choir will be singing again at the Newham Community Lights switch on on Friday 7th December at 4:30 pm.

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Are you our next Trustee?

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Could you help us to improve the experience of children and adults living in a highly deprived area of East London through the power of music?


About us

We are looking to appoint additional trustees to the Gallions Music Trust (GMT).

The GMT’s principal goal is financially to support the music programme at Gallions Primary School.  Gallions is an ethnically diverse state primary in Beckton in the London Borough of Newham.  The school was founded in 1997 in the belief that music education can be life-changing, raising the aspirations, the confidence and the skills of  pupils, skills which both enhance learning in the classroom and beyond. And so from the age of 6 all pupils learn a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or double bass) until they leave aged 11.

Here is a letter written by Sheila Hancock published online in the Guardian about Music at Gallions Primary School. Read it here:


About you

We want to broaden the range of skills amongst our board of trustees, raise more funds and have a greater impact in the community.  We are particularly keen to recruit people who have experience in one or more of the following:

  • working in the arts sector
  • fundraising
  • PR & marketing

We are especially keen to hear from black, Asian and minority ethnic applicants and people with disabilities.

This is a voluntary position. Board meetings are held 3 times a year, usually at Gallions, but you will also be expected to attend school concerts and take an interest in the musical life of the school.

To find out more about becoming a trustee of GMT, please contact Ashley by e-mailing 

Gallions Primary School was featured in a new documentary about the benefits of Music education! Do watch the video and get an insight into life at Gallions!

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 ( 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: