The St Peter’s children were busy this Christmas with successful Christmas drama performances given by EYFS, Year 1 and 2, and Year 3,4, and 5. The final event to be held at Christmas was the Christmas concert given by Year 5 and 6. The children sang a wide range of Christmas music sometimes as a whole group and sometimes using the choir only, As well as this we heard the orchestra play two carols and smaller string groups give delightful renditions of Walking in the air and Silent Night. The smaller string group and on occasion the guitar group also accompanied a number of our Christmas carols very proficiently.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable and ambitious performance of Christmas music.
We celebrated our harvest festival on Thursday 20th October. The children brought tins and bottles to contribute to the St Albans Food bank and we performed poems and songs on the theme of Autumn.
It was a great opportunity for the children to play and sing together and we enjoyed some of our favourite songs such as Cauliflowers Fluffy and Autumn Days. Many of the older children played their recorders and everyone sang with huge enthusiasm.
The youngest children also performed a song about the Wonders of Creation.
The orchestra performed Busy Bessy Bee and Autumn by Vivaldi and the younger children were drawn into their performances as they listened for the buzzing of the bee and the lively tune of Autumn.
We welcomed a number of different instrumentalists to play in our accompanying band
You can hear all their musical performances on the video page.
The parents of the year 2, 3 and 4 children were given a comprehensive account of all that the children had been learning in their recorder and string classes this year. It became clear what a huge amount the children had accomplished as different groups played a variety of different pieces on their recorders and stringed instruments.
The theme of the afternoon was music of the summer sun and winter cold and the children sang songs such as ‘ Let it go’ (from Frozen) Barbeque Blues and ‘We’re all going on a summer holiday’
The Year 4 children came back together and demonstrated how well they could play together as a string group. Many of these children have now moved on to learn in small groups with specialist teachers.
The Year 3 strings players were able to play two pieces after only learning since Easter.
We welcomed the ukelele players from year 2 and 3 led by Mrs Arlidge. They clearly love playing in their Friday afternoon class.
The ocarina players in year 2 and 3 have developed a wide repertoire of tunes.
The recorder players are beginning to show great proficiency on their instruments, having already conquered the reading of music. They enjoy playing both fast and lyrical tunes.
What a fantastic concert the children gave on Friday evening. We heard music from different corners of the world performed by Years 5 and 6. They played their instruments and sang with great commitment in the choir, class groups and orchestra. They were supported by the adult choir, who sang ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ as well as items with the children.
Thank you also to 7UP who gave a lovely performance of popular music from Swan Lake in the middle of the programme
We visited the Southbank centre to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra give a concert on the theme Fakes Phoneys and Fibbers. We travelled to Blackfriars station by train and then we walked along the embankment to look at the Globe theatre. London was at its absolute best with great views of the city across the river in sunshine and under blue skies. We then walked along to the Festival Hall, and climbed up to the upper parts of the huge hall. We settled back to listen to the orchestra playing us pieces of music from Lieutenant Kije by Prokofiev and Peer Gynt by Grieg. Both of these contain tall tales about the characters and the places described in the music. The orchestra was huge and filled the entire stage.
We caught the train back to St Albans and the day finished with an icecream on the school field.
The children of St Peter's school performed yet again on Thursday evening giving a varied programme if Christmas music to an eager audience who had been entertained prior to the start by a small band comprising a string bass(Harry) and saxophone (Tom) as well as Hannah Light on the violin and Nigel Stansfield on piano.
The programme proper began with the school orchestra and was followed by a soloist (Lyon) leading us in Once in Royal David's city accompanied by a string quartet. The audience then heard items from the school choir and others by the whole group. There were two excellent recorder items : Il est ne and the Holly and the Ivy played by every one in Year 5 and 6.. Since we have such good bass players and a saxophonist as well as our string players and guitarists we were able to devise different accompaniments to the other carols which the children carried off in great style. The staff added their part in one of the numbers which everyone greatly enjoyed.
Altogether it was another good evening of music making from our young musicians.