On Monday 11th April thirty children from Years 4-6 took part in a fabulous performance at the world renowned Barbican Centre as part of Newham Music hub’s concert ‘An Evening with Newham Music’.
The children had been taking part in a project run by Newham Music called ‘Play Dub Now’. During the autumn and spring terms in a number of afterschool sessions the children worked with Newham Music Tutors and The Warrior International to explore the musical genres of Dub and Reggae. Over the two terms the group learned to play ‘Satta Massagana’ by The Abyssinians. They performed this song alongside children from other local schools at the Barbican in April. The other primary schools who took part sang in the performance, it was only Gallions pupils and a few students from Kingsford who played instruments.
Children from across three year groups at Gallions took part and it was brilliant to see the group (who had never played together before this project) pull together as a team. Some of the children were members of the school senior orchestra but a number of them were engaging with extracurricular music for the first time. The Play Dub Now Project performance opened the concert, after which Gallions pupils sat in the circle to watch the rest of the first half. We saw some great performances including the Roma Bridging Sounds Orchestra (who will be visiting Gallions next term). It was also lovely to see so many Gallions parents in the audience supporting their children.
The concert featured in the Newham Recorder and there are some brilliant photos of Gallions pupils on stage: http://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/newham_performers_put_on_amazing_evening_of_music_at_the_barbican_1_4492556