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July 2017

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:

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 (

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 ( for giving Gallions pupils this amazing experience!