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A day in the life of a Music Manager

By | Concert

Back in March just before school closures became a reality Ashley Roye Gallions Primary School Music manager attempted to capture a day in his life at the school showcasing the many different activities he gets up to on a day at the school.

He managed to pick a particularly busy day which featured two orchestra rehearsals, two year group String concerts and a year group string rotation and ending the day with afterschool instrumental lessons and of course emails.

The role of a Music Manager at a school like Gallions is an amazing one as it means you have someone to organise and host concerts, capture images and videos to document the moments. Make sure children are in the right places at the right time and that you have orchestras full of children engaged keen and eager to learn, play and have fun. Above all else a Music teacher enables the teachers to focus on teaching whilst the chilldren get the benefit of the incredibly powerful experiences that music can provide and all the skills that you can learn by picking up an instrument.

The video below gives you a slight insight into the role and a glimpse of what can be achieved if more school’s invested in a role like the Music Manager to help enhance music education outcomes.

Gallions Summer Concert 2019

By | Concert

On Thursday 4th July Gallions held their annual Summer Music Concert. As usual the show was opened by our senior choir who performed renditions of “Can’t stop the feeling” and “Water come a me eye” using a range of percussion instruments and some of the singers using body percussion techniques to add to the performance.

The Junior Orchestra then took over with two fine performances. The juniors have been outstanding all year and signed off with a really superb performance. The Y4s are going to bring a lot to the senior orchestra next year and no doubt the Y3’s will take the lead and continue to push the junior orchestra forward.

Bass Attack continued their good form this year taking on one of my personal favourite pieces from last year’s senior orchestra. Given that Bass Attack consists of junior students they did a cracking job performing brilliantly.

We then had two solo performances from two of our leading Y6 players who have consistently been the top instrumentalists of the year group. We wanted to give them a platform to shine one last time before leaving the school. They did not disappoint.

Our Junior choir stepped up to give the audience some laughs with some of their dance moves, but also so much joy when watching and listening to the children sing beautifully.

The Senior Orchestra closed the show with a surprise farewell to Orchestra’s conductor Dan James who is leaving Gallions after 12 years at the school. The surprise saw members of the teaching staff and children that had been taught by Dan rising to their feet in the crowd to sing a song alongside the orchestra especially written by the children for him. After composing himself Dan went onto lead the orchestra one final time and close what was another wonderful Gallions concert.

Beckton Orchard Opening June 2019

By | Performance

In April 2019, Trees for Cities and the London Borough of Newham planted a 20-fruit tree orchard in New Beckton Park, with 226 local adults and children. There was a celebratory event for the public and local schools on Friday 28th June, to mark the official opening of the orchard.

Gallions were invited to perform at the opening and we brought our Y1 & Y2 afterschool singing club. Led by Miss Kamara the children performed a selection of songs to locals, parents and Children from North Beckton Primary School. The children were brilliant and it was a great opportunity to go out and perform in the community.