Music

School orchestra concert

On Tuesday 23 May, the school’s musicians put on a splendid concert. In the afternoon, the whole school crammed into the hall to watch and listen to a varied programme of music. The parents were invited to the early evening performance. The main stars of the show were the lunchtime club musicians, the orchestra, choir and ukulele club. Our lovely instrumental teachers also prepared items for their children to perform, either in groups or as solos. Mr Pearce attended the concert to accompany Millie Davies on the guitar. Sally Whale, who helps run the orchestra, brought along her cello to add some depth to the orchestra.

Ms Frank was very pleased with how it all went and was particularly impressed with the orchestra’s rendition of In the Hall of the Mountain King. The very generous evening audience donated about £280 in a retiring collection, which is going towards replacing the worn-out music stands.

Echoes 7 at The Royal Albert Hall

On Monday March 20, 30 children from The Stoke Poges School performed in the two World Premieres at the Royal Albert Hall. The event was called Echoes 7 and it involved children from 52 Buckinghamshire primary schools. The first premiere was a song cycle by famous jazz trombonist and composer, Scott Stroman. Scott used the words of poems by Enid Blyton to compose music which could be played by children who have only been playing a short while. It was perfect for our whole class pBone lessons in Year 5 (a pBone is a trombone made of plastic). Scott conducted the piece himself, with Miss Silsby and Ms Frank directing our children with hand signs. The second World Premiere, Lifesong, was also written especially for Echoes 7.  It formed the finale of the concert, with the composer, Sheila Wilson present in the audience.

It was a very long day (the coach arrived back at 11.10pm!).  The children were fantastic, and were complimented by Glyn Murphy, the organiser, on their attitude and behaviour. Ms Gamiet, Mrs Fetherstone and Ms Frank were very proud of them all. It was an experience that we will probably never forget.

October 2017 update

The new music stands were put straight into use in July, modelled by some of our leaving students (and Suha in Year 5)

October 2017 update

Year 5 have made an excellent start with their trombone lessons.

Voice in a Million at Wembley Arena
On Wednesday 8 March, 24 children from Key Stage 2 attended 'Voice in a Million' at Wembley Arena. It was a fantastic evening - we danced and sang our way through some great songs. The highlight for many was meeting boyband Roadtrip and having their shirts autographed. Beth, Aimee and Abigail had the honour of carrying the school banner in the opening parade. An altogether excellent school trip!

October 2017 update

This year’s orchestra rehearsals are under way and we have welcomed several new members. Our new piece is an arrangement of Ringo Starr’s Octopus’s Garden, which the ukulele club is also playing.

October 2017 update

The choir has also welcomed a huge influx of new members from Year 3 and there have been 70+ singers at some lunchtime rehearsals! In the run-up to Christmas, we will be learning some seasonal songs, ready for our visit to the Bucks Vision Christmas lunch. The older children also have the Year 5 and 6 Carol Concert to work towards, as well as the 2018 Voice in a Million concert at Wembley Arena.