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20/05/2024

This week we are listening to a more contemporary (modern) song from 2008.  This piece was sung for the film Slumdog Millionaire.  It was set in India, the words 'Jai Ho' mean let there be victory. A R Rahman who composed it tried to blend modern Indian sounds with 80's pop.  This song won several international awards.

JAI HO Slumdog Millionaire A R Rahman.mp3

W/C 13/05/24

This week we are listening to Mars from the Planet suite by Holst.  Mars is sometimes known as the red planet and in Holst's mind he portrayed it as Mars bringer of war.  Musically it is arguably the most famous piece of music written in 5/4 time.  This means that there are 5 beats in every bar, perhaps you can try and count them.

Gustav Holst Mars.mp3

W/C 6/05/24

Today's music is called Symphonic Variations on an African Air by the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.  He grew up in London, born in 1875 to an English mother and an African father from Sierra Leone, hence his African influence in his music.  He died at only aged 37 leaving a wife and 2 children behind.  King George V was so impressed with Coleridge-Taylor's contribution to music that he gave his surviving widow a pension of £100 per year.

An excerpt from Samuel Coleridge Taylor s Symphonic Variations on an African Air.mp3

W/C 22nd April

This week we are listening to a piece from the 20th century called Bolero, by Maurice Ravel.  Ravel was French and the piece was originally written to be performed as a ballet.  The rhythms of Boléro were inspired by the machines of his father's factory and the music gradually builds with more and more instruments in the orchestra joining in as the piece develops. (You may want to fast forward to the end to listen to compare the ending).

maurice_ravel___bolero.mp3

W/C 15 April

This week we are listening to a piece of music from the Romantic period.  This piece is by a Russian composer called Mussorgsky, he composed this piece,  Night on a Bare Mountain, when he was just a teenager.  It was only 5 years after his death that the piece became popular. Listen out for the ominous atmosphere from the very opening, with stormy percussion and eerie sounding twiddly tunes from the strings.

Mussorgsky Night on Bare Mountain.mp3

W/C 18th March

This week we are listening to another piece of Classical music. This particular piece is by a composer (the person who writes the music) called Beethoven.  Beethoven looked up to Mozart (the composer we listened to last week) and met him. Can you imagine meeting your own idol?  This piece we are listening to today, arguably has the most famous and recognisable musical opening of any classical piece.

 

Ludwig Van Beethoven s 5th Symphony in C Minor Full.mp3

W/C 11 March

This piece is from the classical period which spanned from the 1750's -1820's.  It is by a composer called Mozart.  He was a child prodigy (genius) and wrote his first piece of music aged 5 years old! This piece is called Rondo alla Turca.  A rondo has a recurring catchy tune, a bit like a chorus, can you hear it?

Rondo Alla Turca Mozart.mp3

W/C 4th March 

Over this half term we will be listening to some significant historical music. The piece selected for this week is called Hallelujah from Handel's Messiah.  This is taken from a much bigger piece of work written by Handel (which lasts far too long to listen to in assembly).  It was written initially in 1741 to be performed in Lent.  This is the 40 days in the Christian calendar in the run up to Easter.

Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah.mp3

W/C 12th Feb Traditional Chinese Music

 

On Saturday 10th Feb, celebrations began for Chinese New Year so our music this week is some traditional Chinese Music. The two-week festival marks the beginning of a new Lunar year – and a new animal in the Chinese zodiac to represent the next 12 months.

Billions of people in China and around the world will celebrate, often wearing red clothes, decorating their homes with red lanterns and taking part in traditional dragon dances.

Traditional Chinese Music

W/C 5th February 'The Swan' by Camille Saint-Saëns

 

"Le cygne", or "The Swan", is the 13th and penultimate movement of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Originally scored for solo cello accompanied by two pianos, it has been arranged and transcribed for many instruments but remains best known as a cello solo.

Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott - The Swan (Saint-Saëns)

W/C 29th January 'We're all in this together' from High School Musical

 

The theme for assemblies this week is 'Teamwork' so I have chosen a song all about working together as a team. This is a famous song from High School Musical released in 2006. 

We're All In This Together

W/C 22nd January "The Marriage of Figaro - Overture" by Mozart

 

An Overture is the music played at the very start of an opera or show by the orchestra or band - usually before the actors enter onto the stage. This is an Overture from the opera 'The Marriage of Figaro' which many consider to be one of the greatest operas ever composed. 

The Marriage of Figaro - Overture (Mozart; Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano)

W/C 15th January 'A World of Your Own' Performed by Timothée Chalamet & The Cast of Wonka

 

The new film 'Wonka' was partly filmed in St Albans and many of you may have gone to see it in the last month. It has a wonderful soundtrack of new songs including this song which gets sung when Wonka's chocolate shop is finally opened. I hope you enjoy listening to it and imagining lots of chocolate creations! 

Wonka Soundtrack | A World of Your Own - Timothée Chalamet & The Cast of Wonka | WaterTower

W/C 8th January 'Libertango' by Astor Piazzolla.

 

Libertango is a composition by tango composer and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla, recorded and published in 1974 in Milan. It gradually introduces various instruments - including the accordian which has a distinctive sound you won't hear in most orchestral pieces. 

In this YouTube recording the orchestra and audience join in clapping the ostinato beat (a repeated rhythm). Can you join in tapping it too? 

A. Piazzolla. Libertango

W/C 1st January 'High Hopes' by Panic at the Disco

 

This week we are thinking about Dreams and Goals as we start the year. Hopefully you will enjoy this song 'High Hopes' which sings about aiming high and having a vision. 

Panic! At the Disco - High Hopes (Lyrics)

W/C 18th Dec 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree'  by Johnny Marks / sung by Brenda Lee

 

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958; it has since been recorded by numerous other music artists. By the song's 50th anniversary in 2008, Lee's original version had sold over 15 million copies around the world with the 4th most digital downloads sold of any Christmas single. In 2019, Lee's recording of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In November 2023, Lee released a music video for the song, and in December 2023 the song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking Lee's third number-one single and making Lee the oldest artist ever to top the Hot 100 at age 78. 

 

Rockin around the Christmas tree |Brenda Lee 1958 🎄 | Lyrics

W/C 11th Dec 'Sleigh Ride' by Leroy Anderson

 

I hope you enjoy this orchestral Christmas piece. It is often played by bands and has lyrics too but this is the traditional orchestral version. 

Sleigh Ride (Anderson)

W/C 4th Dec 'Merry Christmas' by Elton John and Ed Sheeran

W/C 27th Nov 'Canon in D Major' by Pachelbel

 

Pachelbel's Canon is an accompanied canon by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel. The canon was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo. Neither the date nor the circumstances of its composition are known (suggested dates range from 1680 to 1706), and the oldest surviving manuscript copy of the piece dates from 1838 to 1842.

 

In the 1970s the piece began to be recorded by many ensembles; by the early 1980s its presence as background music was deemed inescapable. From the 1970s onward, elements of the piece, especially its chord progression, were used in a variety of pop songs. Since the 1980s, it has also found increasingly common use in weddings and funeral ceremonies in the Western world.

Pachelbel - Canon In D Major.

W/C 20th November 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' from 'Peer Gynt' by Edvard Grieg

 

Those that have played in Strings and Things (Year 4+) should recognise this piece! Ms Hayden calls it trolls and orcs but it's real name is 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'. 

 

Grieg's music drew on the Norwegian folk tunes of his homeland. He wrote many songs and piano miniatures. He was a leading composer of the Romantic era and brought the music of Norway to an international audience. Grieg's 'Peer Gynt Suite' tells the story of a young boy – Peer Gynt, who falls in love with a girl but is not allowed to marry her. He runs away into the mountains but is captured by trolls who take him to their King. Peer Gynt tries to escape but is chased by the trolls and runs into the troll King but eventually gets away.

 

Listen out for: The strings that play the sounds of Peer tiptoeing and running to escape. The tiptoeing sound is an effect called pizzicato where string players pluck the strings of their instrument rather than use a bow.

In the Hall of the Mountain King

W/C 13th November Anti-bullying week 'Make a Noise' Andy and the Odd Socks

‘Make A Noise’ is the official song for Odd Socks Day and Anti-Bullying Week 2023. Remember to wear your Odd Socks on Odd Socks Day - November 13th and let’s reach out and unite against bullying! For more information on Odd Socks Day and Anti-Bullying Week please visit: http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org

Andy and the Odd Socks - Make A Noise (official video) for Anti-Bullying Week 2023

W/C 6th November 'Autumn' from the 'Four Seasons' by Vivaldi

 

The Four Seasons is a group of four violin concerti by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, each of which gives musical expression to a season of the year. These were composed around 1718−1720, when Vivaldi was the court chapel master in Mantua

 

The Four Seasons is the best known of Vivaldi's works. 

Vivaldi Autumn The Four Seasons

W/C 30th October Overture from 'Royal Fireworks Music' by G.F. Handel

 

Music for the Royal Fireworks is an orchestral suite in five movements by George Frideric Handel that premiered in London on April 27, 1749. The work was composed for performance at an outdoor festival celebrating the end of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–48).

 

 

Overture from 'Royal Fireworks Music'

W/C 16th October 'Harvest Samba' by Out of the Ark Music, Zane Colquhoun and New Hope.

 

Today we are celebrating harvest - a time in the year when we remember to say thank you for the food we have and try to help donate to others who are in need. This is a song enjoyed by lots of school children each year at harvest time. 

Harvest Samba

New Hope, a homelessness charity in Watford, UK, made this film with Zane Colquhorn in 2013 for school assemblies and church services at Harvest time. If you enjoy singing along, please make a donation to our work at ww.newhope.org.uk/donate. Thank you.

W/C 9th October 'Mambo' from Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein

 

Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor and pianist who had a long and varied musical career. When he was very young, Bernstein first heard someone playing a piano and he was captivated immediately. He decided he wanted to learn the piano too, and started to have lessons on his aunt's old hand-me-down instrument. He went on to have a musical a career spanning over fifty years.

 

One of his most popular works is a re-imagining of Shakespeare's famous tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet' called 'West Side Story'. The 'Mambo' comes from this high-energy musical. It's a fast-paced, Cuban-inspired dance that's guaranteed to make you want to move… which is exactly what Bernstein wanted. For him, music wasn't about writing or reading notes on a page, but instead about how it made you feel physically.

 

Listen out for: The percussion. Bernstein loved rhythm, and you can hear that influence in 'Mambo'. It's certainly a piece that jumps!

Mambo

W/C 2nd October 'Earth' by Hans Zimmer

 

Hans Zimmer is a German composer born in 1957. He has written the music for over 150 films including The Lion King, Madagascar, The Simpsons Movie, Kung Fu Panda and TV series like Blue Planet II.

 

This piece of music was written especially for the BBC as a piece for children to learn and listen to. The piece is his personal celebration of the planet we live on.

Earth (For BBC) Hans Zimmer

W/C 25th September 'Music for 18 Musicians' by Steve Reich

 

Steve Reich’s music strips away long, unfolding melodies and complex harmonies and focuses instead on a very few, or minimal, parts: beats, rhythms and pulses, and slowly changing and repeating patterns.

 

The result is a shimmering, rippling musical tapestry, with instruments, including voices, keyboards, tuned percussion instruments and maracas, creating layers of sound.

Different instruments and rhythms rise to the surface as the musical landscape gradually shifts.

Listening to Steve Reich’s work can be an intense and hypnotic experience!

Music for 18 Musicians

W/C 18th September Johannes Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

 

While playing music in a tavern one evening Brahms met Eduard Remenyi, a famous Hungarian Gypsy violinist. Remenyi taught Brahms all about Gypsy music and Hungarian dances called csárdás. 

Brahms was enthralled and used the rhythms and melodies of this music as his inspiration for his 21 Hungarian Dances, which he originally wrote for the piano. 

He loved performing them for his friends and would later orchestrate three of the dances himself, with other composers arranging the remaining pieces. 

The Hungarian Dance No.5 transforms the intimate drama of the Gypsy band into a big orchestral party – with wild string melodies and brassy foot-stomping rhythms.

Hungarian Dance No. 5

W/C 11th September  - 'Finale' (From 'The Little Mermaid') by Alan Menken

 

This piece of music is from the final section of the newly released 'The Little Mermaid' film. In music, the final section is called a 'Finale'. If you listen carefully you will hear parts of some well known songs from the film but also other music too. There is not singing in this music and it is known as 'underscore' - which means it is meant to be heard 'underneath' the action you are seeing on the screen to help set the mood. 

Alan Menken - Finale (From "The Little Mermaid"/Score/Audio Only)

W/C 4th September - Horn Concerto No.4 (Movement 3) by Mozart

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian composer and performer who could play and write music from the age of four! A concerto is a piece for a solo instrumentalist and orchestra. A concerto shows off the skill of the soloist. Mozart’s friend Joseph Leutgeb was a famous horn player. Leutgeb inherited a cheese shop in Vienna and might have become a cheesemonger if Mozart hadn’t written such fabulous concertos for him to play.

 

Horns of the time were very difficult to play because they didn’t have valves (buttons) to press. Mainly horns were used to play hunting fanfares but being a horn player on a hunt was hazardous - you had to ride a horse and play at the same time!

 

Listen out for: The times when the orchestra 'answer' the horn by repeating the same tune.

Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4 3rd Movement

W/C 17th July - 'Hoe-Down' from the Ballet 'Rodeo' by Aaron Copland

 

Originally composed in 1942 for a ballet called Rodeo, the Hoe-Down features two American square dance tunes.The music is full of vigour and energy as the cowgirls and boys pair off. This is music about real people and their folk tunes and customs; it's full of a sense of adventure and the American pioneering spirit.

Rodeo - Hoe-Down by Aaron Copland: Performance | Ten Pieces | BBC Teach

W/C 10th July 'Bolero' by Ravel

 

Boléro was composed by a Maurice Ravel in 1928 - almost 100 years ago! It is for a large orchestra by French composer Maurice Ravel and is his most famous piece. It uses a repeated rhythm throughout called an ostinato. It introduces different instruments from the orchestra one by one and builds up into many layers by the end. 

 

How many different instruments can you hear?

Ravel: Boléro - BBC Proms 2014

W/C 3rd July

'Tropical Bird' by Trinidad Steel Band

 

The steelpan (also known as a pansteel drum) is a musical instrument originating in Trinidad and Tobago. Steelpan musicians are called pannists.

Tropical Bird

Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises Tropical Bird · Trinidad Steel Band Steel Drums Of Trinidad (Digitally Remastered) ℗ 2010 Essential Media Group LLC Released on: 2010-10-05 Auto-generated by YouTube.

W/C 26th June - KS1 Sing-a-thon Selections

 

KS1 did a fantastic job with their singing for the PSA Sing-a-thon. Here is a selection of the songs that they enjoyed singing. 

 

 

KS1 Sing-a-thon Selections

W/C 19th June 

This week is National School Sports Week so I have chosen a famous piece of music associated with running. It comes from the 1981 film 'Chariots of Fire' which is about track runners. The composer is called Vangelis.

 

 

 

Chariots of Fire Theme by Vangelis

This is groundbreaking in Electronic music. One of my favorite from the "Father of Electronic Music". 54th Academy Awards [Oscar 1982] winner for Best Picture and Best Original Score. Enjoy and listen to the master.

W/C 12th June 'Jin-Go-Lo-Ba' (Jingo) by Santana /  Babatunde Olatunji

 

'Jin-Go-Lo-Ba' means 'do not worry' and was a piece of African drumming music by Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji. This version is an arrangement by a famous guitarist called Santana in 1969. 

 

Some classes in KS2 have been learning about 'syncopated' rhythms. This music features lots of them! 

Jin- Go- Lo- Ba (Live In South America)

W/C 5th June - 'Here Comes the Sun' by The Beatles

 

I hope that you have been enjoying the sunny weather recently. This song was named as a favourite song of Year 4 and it seemed appropriate given the current weather. It is by The Beatles - one of the most successful British Pop/Rock Bands - and was released in 1969. 

Here Comes The Sun (Remastered 2009)

W/C 22nd May Baris - Gong Kebyar of Peliatan

This style of music is called Gamelan and it comes from Indonesia. It sounds very different to our Western music because the instruments and pitches are different to ours. The instruments of their orchestra are mainly drums, gongs and metallophones but sometimes it features flutes and string instruments. The music is made up of layers with each instrument having a specific role to play. 

 

There are also lots of rules about how to play the instruments as they believe they are connected to the gods in heaven. These include not stepping over them or wearing shoes. 

 

 

Baris - Gong Kebyar of Peliatan

W/C 15th May - "Brighter Days"

 

This song was originally released by Emeli Sande in 2022 as a response to life getting back to normal after Covid-19. It was chosen to be the song sung by the Coronation Concert Community Choir (made up of community choirs all around the UK) when they performed at the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle. Towards the end there is an instrumental section where all the performs use sign language instead of singing the words. 

The Coronation Choir's STUNNING performance 🤩 | Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle - BBC

W/C 8th May - 'Pomp and Circumstance March No.4' by Sir Edward Elgar.

 

This is a very famous piece of British music that gets played at the last night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. I have chosen it this week because it was played as the exit music at the Coronation Service on Saturday. Also our choir performed at the Royal Albert Hall last Sunday - perhaps they can spot where they were sat?

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance | BBC Proms 2014 - BBC

Parry: I Was Glad

W/C 1st May 'I was glad' by Sir Hubert Parry

This piece is traditionally sung in the Church of England as an anthem at the Coronation of the British monarch. The text (lyrics) consist of verses from Psalm 122 (from the Bible). Numerous composers have set the words to music, among them Henry Purcell and William Boyce; but its most famous setting was written in 1902 by Sir Hubert Parry

 

W/C 24th April 'The Lark Ascending' by Ralph Vaughan Williams

 

This is a very famous piece of classical music by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. It was inspired by a poem called 'The Lark Ascending' and started to be composed just before World War I broke out and was finished after. 

 

Can you recognise which string instrument plays a solo at the start (and throughout)?

How would you describe this piece in 3 words? 

 

You can find out a lot more information about the piece of music here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces/primary-classical-music-ks3-vaughan-williams-lark-ascending/z6dqxyc

The Lark Ascending - Ralph Vaughan Williams

'The Lark Ascending', inspired by a poem of the same name by George Meredith, was begun shortly before the outbreak of the First World War but not completed until Vaughan Williams returned from active service in France. This performance is by Nicola Benedetti with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton.

W/C 17th April 2023 'Sahela Re' by Kishori Amonkar. 

 

Kishori Amonkar lived 10 April 1932 – 3 April 2017 and was a leading Indian classical vocalist. Amonkar received several of India's national awards and civilian honours. 

Sahela Re Kishori Amonkar

Mesmerizing song by Indian Classical Singer Kishori Amonkar

W/C 27th March 'Hallelujah!' from Messiah by George F Handel. 

 

This piece of music is one of the most famous by the composer George F Handel. It is part of an Oratorio (like an opera but it tells a story from the Bible) and was composed in just 24 days in 1741. It is usually performed by a large Baroque orchestra (not all the instruments we know today had been invented yet) and a massed choir of adult singers. 

 

This Sunday Christians celebrate Palm Sunday. This is the day which they remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey where He was greeted with shouts of praise. 'Hallelujah' means 'praise the Lord'. 

 

 

Handel's 'Hallelujah!' Chorus live at the Sydney Opera House

W/C 20th March 

'Take the A Train' by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra was originally written in 1939 (when World War 2 started) but this video is from a performance in 1962. It became a popular Jazz Standard and is still performed by Jazz musicians frequently today. 

 

Can you spot the different instruments from listening or watching the video? The 'rhythm section' is made up of piano, drums and double bass. The saxophones, trumpets and trombones are known as 'frontline' instruments in jazz and they usually play the melody and solos.

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra - Take The A Train (1962) [official video]

W/C 13th March 2023 -  St Patrick's Day

 

On Friday 17th March it is St Patrick's Day (the patron saint of Ireland) so this week the music is by a famous Irish composer, pianist and teacher called John Field. He lived 26 July 1782 – 23 January 1837 and is known as the inventor of the 'nocturne'. A 'nocturne' is a type of romantic classical piece that has a singing melody over an arpeggiated accompaniment. 

 

John Field - Nocturne no 5 in B flat major SCORE

Performed by John O'Conor.

W/C 6th March 2023 - Waste Week / Science Week

 

To fit in with Waste Week I have chosen a video that features recycled objects as the instruments. Can you use your scientific knowledge to work out how different pitches are created with the long tubes so that a small tune can be played? 

 

 

Recycled Material Junk Music Band - Weapons of Sound

All music has been produced by totally recyclable material. This unique 5 piece band has performed in front of many audiences and been seen around the world. Performing as a group as well as accompanying other entertainers and providing street entertainers with beats to perform to.

World Book Day - 2nd March

 

This is a great song from 'Mary Poppins Returns' about not judging a book by its cover. 

W/C 27th Feb 

Women's History Month:

 

'Runaway Blues' by Ma Rainey - Released 1930

 

Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey lived from 26th April 1886 until 22nd December 1939. She was an American blues singer and influential early blues recording artist. She was known as the 'Mother of the Blues' and had a 'moaning' style of singing. In 2023, she was honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 

 

Runaway Blues

W/C 20th Feb 2023

 

'Mars' from 'The Planets' by Gustav Holst

 

Gustav Holst was a British composer best known for his orchestral suite ‘The Planets’. A suite is a group of individual pieces. There are seven pieces in 'The Planets' and 'Mars, the Bringer of War' is the first one.

In ancient Roman religion Mars was the god of war. Holst composed this piece in anticipation of the outbreak of World War One. It’s a march but an unusual one. Normally a march has 4 beats in a bar so you can say "left, right, left, right" but Mars has 5 beats in a bar; tricky to march to!

Listen out for: The opening two harps, strings playing with the wood of the bow (col legno), timpani using very hard-headed sticks and the gong. There’s also a solo from the euphonium (brass instrument). 

Mars from The Planets by Gustav Holst

W/C 6th February

 

This week we will have a focus on being safe online.  Listen to the song Online Safety and see if you can hear any hints and tips which we should follow when going online.

ONLINE SAFETY SONG (Be Safe Online) Lyric Video.mp3

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W/C 30th January

This week we are going to be thinking about Time To Talk Day, which is a day which recognises the benefits of talking to others about our problems as a way of protecting our mental health.  This song, written for children, has a great message about the benefits of sharing our problems rather than keeping them all bottled up.  Think about who you can talk to if you have a problem or feel sad.

A Problem Shared Is A Problem Halved _96kbps.mp3

W/C 23/01/23

This week marks the start of Chinese New Year. 2023 will become the year of the Rabbit.  This song is a celebration song, listen to the lyrics of Gong Xi which means Celebrate!  I hope that for all our school community who celebrate Chinese New Year that you have a wonderful time celebrating with your friends and family.

Gong Xi Gong Xi Chinese New Year Song CNY 恭喜.mp3

W/C 16th January

This week we reflect on our key school values - Positive, Caring, Inclusive. We all go through times and have moments when we want to give up, but no matter how hard things get, we’ve got to just keep going and get through it, we are stronger than we think. This song 'Hold On' by Shawne Mendes helps remind us to help and be there for each other

Shawn Mendes - Hold on (lyrics).mp3

W/C 9th January

This week as we start are new term we are thinking about our dreams and goals and how we can make our dreams come true.  This song was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, possibly the most famous musical composer in current day.  He wrote this song 'Any Dream will Do' for his musical of Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jason Donovan - Any Dream Will Do.mp3

W/C 12/12/22

This week, we are set to enjoy our Year 2 Christmas Production of Baubles and so it seems fitting to listen to a song sung by Michael Buble which is called it is beginning to look alot like Christmas.  Perhaps as you listen to  this gentle music you can think about what clues you have seen around school, home or even the shops that let you know it is getting close to Christmas.

 

- Michael Bublé - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.mp3

W/C 21st November

This week we are thinking about kindness and how we can make sure that our words reflect this kindness.  As you listen to the song think about a time when someone has said something that made you smile.  Use this time to think of something you could say to make each person you speak to smile.

Kindness makes the world go round (performance track).mp3

W/C 14 November

This week I have chosen a piece of music from the Baroque period called Canon in D by Pachelbel.  Listen to how the music gradually builds up and adds new/more layers of melodies and harmonies. Do you have a favourite part of the piece?

Y2Mate.is - Pachelbel's Canon-stCKjZniMsQ-48k-1654379012858.mp3

W/C 7th November

At the end of this week we will observe Remembrance Sunday, a chance for us to remember all those who have fought and died in war.  Music can be a powerful tool in helping us focus and think about people who have lost their lives in order to fight for a cause. In this song called Remembrance child it really highlights in the words how we have been given opportunities to live our best life, thanks to the sacrifice of others.

Y2Mate.is - Remembrance Day Child-UjUpuO0DLVw-48k-1657867117151.mp3

W/C 31st October

With Diwali celebrations last week and Bonfire night happening at the end of this week, I have chosen to listen to Katy Perry's Firework song.  As you listen to the music, think about what lights up your life.  Perhaps it is the people you are friends with, perhaps it is a special hobby. Take this moment to be thankful and grateful for the positive things in your life.

Katy Perry - Firework.mp3

W/C 17.10.22

This week we have a focus on being Proud.  This song is so good at making us question 'what have you done today to make you feel proud?'.  I wonder whether you can answer this today?  Feeling proud is such a great feeling, lets see what reasons you can think of to be proud of yourself or even other people.

Heather Small - Proud.mp3

W/C 10th October

This week we are thinking about Harvest.  It is the time of year when we celebrate and give thanks for all the food we have.  Perhaps as you listen to the words you might think of foods which you are really grateful for. There are many people who are involved in getting the food to you, from farmers, to pickers, lorry drivers, shop assistants to cooks.  Make sure you take the time to give thanks for the food you have, there are some people in our world, and even in our community, who may be hungry today.

Harvest Samba (Cabbages and Greens).mp3

W/C 3rd October 

This week we are really thinking about our wellbeing and this song by Rachel Plattern really thinks about staying positive and looking after ourselves.  What could you do to make sure that your wellbeing is a focus this week? 

[YT2mp3.info] - Rachel Platten - Fight Song (Official Video) (320kbps).mp3

W/C 26th September

This week we are thinking about the theme of Teamwork!  This song we are listening to, is called 'We are the Champions' by the band Queen. If you listen to the lyrics you will hear the message about never giving up, working to achieve our goals with our friends and celebrating our successes.

Queen - We Are The Champions (Lyrics)-Jmd4OLzhQw0-64k-1654050126207.mp3

W/C 19th September.

This week we are listening to Pachelbel's Canon in D.  This is often performed by a string quartet which usually consists of 2 violins, a viola and a cello.  It is a delightful piece from the Baroque period. There is an extra instrument playing called a harpsichord which makes a twangy sound, I wonder can you hear when it joins in?

final_63247fa1d134c50674e9b188_782164.mp3

We are listening to Lester Lanin's medley.  When the Queen was interviewed by the BBC a few years ago, she revealed her top 10 favourite musical pieces.  This upbeat, fun song was one of her favourites.  It was released in 1958, shortly after she came to the throne and hopefully will help us celebrate what a wonderful life of service she lived. 

Lester Lanin and His Orchestra_ _It's Delovely_ medley.mp3

w/c 4th July.  On Thursday this week it is national chocolate day, so I have chosen a song called 'Pure Imagination' which was written for the original film of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', based on the book by Roald Dahl.  Perhaps let your imagination think of a world of wonderful treats to eat!

Gene Wilder - Pure Imagination.mp3

W/C 27th June we are thinking about helping each other and what better way than helping your friends?  This song was written and performed on the album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club' by the Beatles in 1967 and I still think the lyrics are relevant to everyone today. 

With A Little Help From My Friends (Remastered 2009)-0C58ttB2-Qg-64k-1655390968251.mp3

W/C 13th June.  With all the pageantry from the Jubilee celebrations I thought that this piece would be most apt for our celebrations this week for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Sir Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No.1.mp3

W/C 21st May. This week we are thinking about sustainability and sometimes in order for sustainability to happen, we need to make changes.  I have therefore chosen  this beautiful piece of classical music, called Moonlight Sonata, and in this version there is a big twist!  It is played by a very talented pianist, however, at about 3mins into the track he changes it up and adds some dub step. What do you think, do you like the original or prefer the changed version?

Moonlight Sonata Dubstep Remix.mp3

W/C 17th May

This week I have chosen an 80's classic for us to listen to, Dance with somebody by Whitney Houston!  Pick up your dancing shoes and see the positivity in everything!  

i_wanna_dance_with_somebody_who_loves_me_.mp3

W/C 2nd May

Make You Feel My Love is a ballad written by Bob Dylan in 1997.It has since been covered by recording artists such as Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson and Adele.
In 2008, Make You Feel my Love was recorded by Adele for her first album called 19. Listen to the words and think about how they make you feel.
 

Bob Dylan - Make You Feel My Love (Official Audio).mp3

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W/C 25th April

Ramadan will be ending this week with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.  This is a special time when Muslims fast during the day for a whole month to show their devotion and love to Allah.  We have children and staff in our school who been be fasting throughout Ramadan! This R&B track has been written and performed by Maher Zain and is called Ramadan. Listen to the words of reflection that he sings about, I wonder if any of it applies to you?

Maher Zain - Ramadan (English) _ Official Music Video.mp3

W/C  28th March

This week is our final week before we break up for Easter so we are listening to this gospel celebration song.  This version was sung in the film Sister Act and although it starts off slow and gentle it soon builds to fill the room with celebrations including a rap!

Joyful Joyful - Sister act 2.mp3

W/C 21st March 2022. 

This week as St Peter's we are joining lots of other schools by taking part in Reach out for Refugees.  This week we are listening to a horn Concerto (this means the french horn has a solo over the orchestra) by Reinhold Glière who was born in Kyiv in the Ukraine.  Can you hear how quickly the music changes, perhaps reflecting how quickly things can change for refugees? This is part of a much longer piece of music which lasts over an hour!

Glière - Horn Concerto _ Baborak · Kitajenko · Berliner Philharmoniker.mp3

W/C 14 March 2022

This week is St Patrick's Day.  The Irish observe the day for St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green. As such listen to this Irish Anthem, it is called the Fields of Athenry and performed by the Dubliners.  What instruments can you hear?

The Dubliners - Fields Of Athenry.mp3

W/C 7th March, whilst thinking about waste, and how we can help the environment around us, I have chosen this piece from the production STOMP.  Every 'instrument' you can hear is made from something that would ordinarily be thrown away.  I wonder can you listen hard enough to work out what the materials are used to make this music?

 

(*A clue - look at the name of the piece!)

STOMP London Dustbin Lids.mp3

W/C 28th Feb.  This week we will be celebrating World Book Day and as such the music I have chosen is from the musical Matilda.   Inspired by the book of the same name, written by Roald Dahl.  The song's lyrics detail all the things that Matilda could wish to do when she is an adult.  I wonder, what would you love to do when you are a grown-up that maybe you can't do whilst you are a child?

Matilda - When I Grow Up.mp3

w/c 21 February.  To welcome us back from our half term break this week we will be listening to Dave Brubeck, Take 5.  This fantastic piece of music has just 4 instruments so is a jazz quartet. See if you can hear the saxophone playing the tune, the drums driving the pulse, the piano playing a simple accompaniment and the Double Bass giving it a the tones in the lower register, similar to the piano. Amazing JAZZ!

Take five Dave Brubeck.mp3

w/c 7th Feb This week we are thinking about ways to keep ourselves safe on the internet and so this song has been chosen with that in mind.  What do you know to help you stay safe online?  What lyrics would you put in a song about staying safe online?

Stay Safe On The Internet.mp3

W/C 31 Jan 2022 This week we are listening to a song by Katy Perry called Resilient.  Do you know or understand what that means? She sings about growing through the cracks.  Not letting the concrete hold you back.  I wonder what things try to hold you back and how you can still pass through to be the brilliant you?!

Katy Perry - Resilient.mp3

W/C 24th January

With the Holocaust memorial day this week the music that we are going to to listen to is called Danny Boy.  It is a Celtic hymn, the tune being called Londonderry Aire, the lyrics were written in 1913, just a year before WWI.  Listen to the smooth gentle music and the beautiful lyrics which describe the longing for someone to come home. 

Danny Boy.mp3

Spring Term 2022

 w/c 17th January.  With Chinese New approaching in early February, the music that we are listening to this week is a traditional Chinese piece of music. For all our students with Chinese heritage we wish to celebrate this special time with you and wish you great luck for this coming new year.

Chinese music.mp3

AUTUMN TERM 2021

This week we are listening to a piece by the modern day composer Hans Zimmer.  This piece is inspired by the beauty of the world around us and is called 'Earth'.  Try and reflect on something incredible that you have seen in nature.  Perhaps the changing colours on the trees...

What other awe and wonder does nature bring?

Zimmer1.mp3

This week we are listening to Florence Price – Symphony No. 1 in E minor.

As an African-American woman, Florence combined the traditions of classical music with the sound of spirituals and West African rhythms and dance from her own culture.

In 1933 she overcame prejudice to become the first black female composer to have her work performed by a major orchestra. Have you ever heard of anyone having to overcome prejudice?

Price Final Edit (PPM6 per leg).mp3

This week we listen to a piece by a composer called Heitor Villa-Lobos.  He wrote this in Brazil after taking a train ride which travelled through the Amazon rainforest.  Can you hear the sounds of the train chugging along the tracks?

Villa Lobos.mp3

Music we have listened to in assembly in the past:

This week we are listening to funny man Lewis Capaldi's song 'Someone you loved'.  Lewis does not necessarily look like a typical 'pop star' but he certainly has the 'star' qualities which have made him a hit!  

Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (Lyrics).mp3

This week we are listening to 'The Sound of Silence' by Simon and Garfunkel.  What do you think the sound of silence is?  Listen to the lyrics, are there any clues?

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence (1966).mp3

Last weekend saw the start of Chinese New Year.  2020 is the year of the RAT.  This song is called Gung Hay Fat Choy and means Happy New Year in Cantonese.

Gunghay.mp3

As it is Burn's night this weekend, we are listening to a Scottish Folk Song.  What can you hear that indicates this is Scottish?

The Blue Bell Polka.mp3

As we start 2020 with our first week back together I chosen a calming piece called Paradise Beach for us to listen to.  If you listen carefully you will hear the electric guitar lead this song.  We don't normally associate electric guitars with calming music. Perhaps this could help you focus on your own hopes and dreams for the future year

Giovanni Bomoll - Paradise Beach (Original Guitar) (320 kbps).mp3

This week we are listening to a piece, made famous by the Christmas movie, Home Alone.  Last week our orchestra performed this at our Winter Concert.

Somewhere in my memory - John Williams (Home alone soundtrack) (1).mp3

This week we are thinking about kindness.  Listen to the message in the song, You got the Love, by Florence and the machine

Florence The Machine - Youve Got the Love.mp3

This week is anti-bullying week, it is also Children in Need.  This song by Mark Wills, a country and western singer has some very powerful words.  Think about your actions this week, reflect and think have you been able to help someone?  Big or small, our actions are important and affect others.

mark-wills-dont-laugh-at-me-official-video.mp3

This week I have chosen a song with words which remembers Armistice Day.  It is at this time of the year that people choose to wear a poppy to remember all those who have died in war.  Take the time to think of what they gave up.

Remember (performance track).mp3

With the Hindu festival of light, Diwali just a couple of weeks away I have chosen this piece of music.  It is light and has some beautiful Asian tones.  Listen and think how it makes you feel

deepavali-deepavali-instrumental.mp3

Dave Brubeck - Take Five.mp3

This week we are listening to a song by Shakira from the film Zootopia.  If you listen to the words they are all about making mistakes but learning from them.  Can you think of a time when you have made a mistake but it turned out to be a good thing?

Shakira - Try Everything (Official Video).mp3

As we start our new academic year, this song is about starting something new.  Make the most of this opportunity for a fresh start for the year.

High School Musical - Start of something new - lyrics.mp3

An inspirational anthem that was written for the 2010 World cup.  As we have been celebrating sports week, what achievements can you be proud of?

KNAAN - Wavin Flag (Coca-Cola Celebration Mix).mp3

A smooth, mellow song; Summer Breeze by the Isley Brothers, manages to capture that laid-back summer vibe.  can you hear the real twang of the guitar?

Summer Breeze

This week the song chosen for us to listen to as we come into assembly is called 'On my Way' by Phil Collins. Phil Collins is not only a singer, songwriter, he is an excellent drummer.  Here in this song he sings about changes and the future; both topics which some of you may begin to this about as we are heading towards the end of the academic year.

Phil Collins- On My Way- Lyrics.mp3

Jess Glynn features on this track.  If you wrote a piece of music, who would you invite to sing the vocals?

(Lyrics) Clean Bandit - Rather Be feat. Jess Glynne (HD) (320 kbps).mp3

What would make the best day?  This song is really upbeat and thought provoking.  It is called the Best Day of my Life, by the band American Authors.

Best Day of My Life - American Authors (Lyrics) (320 kbps).mp3

This week we are listening to the song 'I see you'.  It was the theme tune to Avatar and sung by Leona Lewis.

Leona Lewis - I See You (Theme from Avatar) [Official Video] (320 kbps).mp3

Miley Cyrus performs this song, The Climb.  Listen to the lyrics, what challenges will you face this week?

Miley Cyrus - The Climb ( Lyrics-Songtext ) (320 kbps).mp3

Thursday 7th March is World Book day!  Not only is this song from the musical Matilda, which was based upon the book written by Roald Dahl, but the main character, Matilda, loves her books.

Matilda - When I Grow Up with lyrics.mp3

This week we are listening to the piece made famous by Madonna when she sang it in the film 'Don't Cry for me Argentina'.  The orchestra are learning this piece to perform at the Alban Arena at the end of March

√♥ Don't Cry For Me Argentina √ Madonna √ Lyrics.mp3

This week we are listening to a piece from Indiana Jones - a great adventure film.  Orchestra are beginning to learn this piece for the Alban Arena

Indiana Jones Theme Song [HD].mp3

This week I have chosen 'The Rhythm of Life' by Sammi Davis Junior.  There are many different versions of this song but it's driving pulse makes it fun to dance to.  Follow its strong 4/4 beat and try and make up some movements in your seat.

Sammy Davis Jr- Rhythm Of Life (320 kbps).mp3

This week I have chosen a song from Toy Story, which has some thought provoking ideas in it.  How can you be the best friend you can?  What make s a good friend?

♫ Toy Story - 'You've got a friend in me' Lyrics ♫ (320 kbps).mp3

So as we listen to the question in the song - 'what have you done today?' try and hold this question in your mind.  Sometimes we might make great achievements which we can be proud of.  But it is also worth noticing the little things.  Try and be aware of how you can make yourself proud.

Proud - Heather Small.mp3

As we start 2019 with our first week back together I chosen a calming piece called Paradise Beach for us to listen to.  If you listen carefully you will hear the electric guitar lead this song.  We don't normally associate electric guitars with calming music. Perhaps this could help you focus on your own hopes and dreams for the future year.
As we reach the end of term I have selected Carol of the Bells for us to listen to.  This version is sung by young choristers.  Listen out for the sounds of bells.  Have a wonderful Christmas!

Libera - Carol of the Bells (320 kbps).mp3

Next week our Assembly calendar recognises the Jewish festival, Hannukah.  The lyrics in the song relate to the lighting of the candle - a symbol of this Jewish festival.

The Chanukah Song (We Are Lights) (320 kbps).mp3

This week has been road safety week.  We certainly appreciate our lollipop lady and know the importance of stopping and looking before we cross.  Our assembly music is a funky upbeat rock song which comes from the movie cars: Life is a Highway.

Cars Life is a Highway (320 kbps).mp3

This week is anti-bullying week and with this in mind I have chosen a song which promotes finding the best in people.  It is from the Jungle Book and has a positive and catchy chorus.  This version is sung by children, perhaps you could listen to the original too?

I wanna be like you (performance track).mp3

In recognition of the Festival of Diwali, this week we are listening to a traditional Indian Folk Flute song.  If you want to see the video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF9SeYts8zs

Listen to the beautiful runs of the flute and the prominent words that are spoken.

Diwali Music Video - Sounds of Isha   Flute Instrumental Folk Fusion.mp3

This week we are listening to 'Bring in the Clowns' by Barbra Streisand.

Barbra Streisand - Send In The Clowns (128 kbps).mp3

Listening to the lyrics of 'We've only just begun' you may be able to think of your own new beginnings.  Listen out carefully for the clarinet solo at the beginning and the repetitive rhythmic ostinato of the tamborine later on the in song.

carpenters -We've Only Just Begun (128 kbps).mp3

This song was composed and performed by John Lennon.  The words ask you to imagine a world very different to our own.  Would this be a better or worse place to live - you need to listen closely to the lyrics.

John Lennon - Imagine (128 kbps).mp3

This song is sung by Bette Midler.  What words would you use to describe this music?  What mood does it create?

The Rose - by Bette Midler lyrics (128 kbps).mp3

Welcome back!  It is great to be starting our Autumn term in 2018 and so I have chosen a piece by Vivaldi called 'Autumn'.  This violin concerto is one of four from his collection 'The Four Seasons'.

Vivaldi, Autumn (128 kbps).mp3

As we move to our 5 weeks of summer break I thought we would have Take Five as our final piece of music for the year.  Have a wonderful summer and take time to relax just like the song!

Dave Brubeck - Take Five.mp3

Miss Tucker is an avid Rod Stewart fan.  Listen to the words of this song - it is all about which path you choose to take and about staying young.  As you move into your new class today you may want to think about the path that you intend to take next year.

Forever Young-Rod Stewart.mp3

This week we are listening to a song called Let it be by the Beatles.  Do you know any other songs by the Beatles?

Beatles - Let It Be [1970].mp3

As promised, this is another version of the Song Summertime.  How does this one vary from the original version?  Which do you prefer?

Summertime (Gershwin) - The Pianos of Cha'n.mp3

This track was written by David Paich, a keyboard player in the band Toto.  Even though he had not been to Africa was inspired to write this song.  Maybe you could be inspired to write a song about a place which takes your interest.

Toto Africa Lyrics.mp3

The title of this track is 'On top of the World'.  What hidden meaning do you think this could include?

Imagine Dragons - On Top of the World - Lyrics.mp3

Do you notice any similarities between this song by Ella Fitzgerald and the piece by Nina Simone last week?

Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime (High Quality - Remastered).mp3

The lyrics of this Nina Simone song are very uplifting.  Listen closely to the words...

Nina Simone Feeling Good.mp3

With a new term and wonderful weather this week it seemed apt to choose a piece which reflects this seasonal change.  This piece is by a composer called Vivaldi who wrote the 4 Seasons.  

Vivaldi - Spring.mp3

This week we are listening to a beautiful piece of music that was written to raise awareness about the plight of the arctic.  

Ludovico Einaudi - Elegy for the Arctic - Official Live (Greenpeace).mp3

This week, following our theme of Space from the last few weeks, we are listening to Gustav Holst's Mars.  Some of the orchestra children will be familiar with the first section as this forms part of a piece we will be playing for the Alban Arena.

Gustav Holst - Mars.mp3

This week we are listening to Space Oddity by David Bowie.  This is featured in part of a song section which our orchestra will perform at the Alban Arena in March.

David Bowie – Space Oddity.mp3

This week we are listening to the Star wars Theme Tune, composed by John Williams.  This piece is one that some of our school orchestra will be learning and then performing at the Alban Arena in March.

Star Wars Theme Song By John Williams.mp3

Close your eyes...what can you imagine as you listen to this piece?

Celtic battle music - The King of The Highlands.mp3

This music is from Bali.  What instruments do we have in school that might sound similar to these Balinese instruments?

Bali Indonesien - Relaxing with Bali Impressions - Bali Indonesia 2009.mp3

Listen to the words in this song.  What do you think they are singing about?

Soweto Gospel Choir.mp3

These are some tuned drums known as steel drums.  Where in the world do you think music like this comes from?

Caribbean Steel Drums - Shake Shake Shake Sonora.mp3

A new start to the year!  And so an inspiring song to listen to this week.  What do you think about when you hear this song?

When You Believe cover by One Voice Childrens Choir.mp3

This week we are listening to a beautiful version of a beautiful traditional carol.  How have they made it sound so magical?

Beautiful Christmas Carol.mp3

Beautiful Christmas Carol.mp3

This week I have chosen a festive song for us to listen to: The Carol of the Bells.  A lovely song to listen to at Christmas Time.

Original Carol of the bells song.mp3

Traditional Irish Jig (Clare's Jig_ Swallowtail Jig_ Tenpenny Bit).mp3

Another song from a far away land, can you guess where this music is from?

Amar ridoy ekta ayna.mp3

This week I have chosen an interesting piece from a far away place.  Can you guess where it is from?
This week a contemporary song has been chosen to listen to.  The band Cold Play wrote this song.  How does it make you feel as you listen to it?

Coldplay - Yellow.mp3

The piece of music chosen for today is rather emotive.  What emotions do you feel as you listen to it?  What could you say about the tempo of the music?

_Let You Go_ - Sad Piano Instrumental Song (Vintage Style).mp3

|This week we are listening to a thought provoking song.  Heal the World by Michael Jackson.  What do you think inspired this song?

Michael Jackson - Heal The World.mp3

WET WET WET - With A Little Help From My Friends (with lyrics).mp3

This week we are listening to a piece of contemporary music which has some strong lyrics. It was first written by the Beatles but this version is sung by a band called Wet Wet Wet. What do the lyrics mean to you?

Yet again with Black History month in mind we are listening to a piece of 12 bar blues.  Can you create your own lyrics for this song?  At the end listen out for a little addition...what is it?

Gary Clark Jr. - 12 Bar Blues-Jam @Jam'in'Berlin.mp3

This week we are listening to a jazz piece called 'Take Five'. Which instruments can you hear?  How does the piece make you feel?

Dave Brubeck - Take Five.mp3

This week we are listening to this beautiful piano and cello version of the pop song, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

Bob Marley- Three Little Birds.mp3

This week we will be listening to a piece of reggae music from Jamaica by an artist called Bob Marley.  Do you notice any similarities to the piece we heard last week?

 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version from YouTube

 

 

Each week pupils will be listen to a piece of music each day in assembly.  The chosen piece will be introduced in their weekly singing assemblies and will expose them to a wide range of musical genres.

 

This week children will be listening to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of 'Somewhere over the Rainbow'.  His gentle Hawaiian tones compliment the laid back off-beat ukulele strumming.   

 

 

 

 

                                 

 

 

 

 

We have been listening to the music from the Planet Suite by Gustav Holst this half term.
For the last half term we have been listening to music from the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky.
Welcome back to the Summer Term!
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