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.