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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.
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!
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.
The Creative Schools Symposium takes place every two years at Stratford Circus bringing arts organisatioins together with schools to see how they can work together to run creative projects for children in schools. Gallions were invited to give a performance during the break and the Y4s and a handful of Y5s from choir came down to perform.
The choir performed 3 songs including a wonderful rendition of Hallelujah with Choir lead Emma adding some cello to the children’s voices to heighten the experience for those watching.
Given the unusual performance setting and number of adults they were performing to the children did an exceptional job wowing the crowd. They gave a lovely performance that everyone really enjoyed. Great performance experience for the children.
Thank you Creative Schools Symposium and Stratford Circus for having Gallions perform.