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St. Pius X Choir 2016-17

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CHOIR NEWS UPDATE!!!!

Summer term

We are busy rehearsing for Junior Music Festival which we will be performing at the Civic Theatre - along with several other schools in and around Chelmsford - in June. We are also performing in Arts Week assembly on 23rd May and hope to be singing a small repertoire of our favourite songs at the Afternoon Tea Party on 9th June. We also hope to be performing once again at the end-of-year Achievement Evening alongside the classes.

 

Next year we intend to enter a competition against other schools in the city, in addition to some more community action, similar to raising money through singing in public, like we did when we sang at the train station at Christmastime. Keep posted in the new year to see what we get up to.

In the Spring term

We have been building up our repertoire (bank of songs) so we're prepared in case we have to perform in the very near future. We are waiting to hear about some opportunities for the summer term...but in the meantime, we're learning a mix of tunes, including gospel (Gonna Build a Mountain), pop (Up Town Funk), country (I Hope You Dance) and musical (Rhythm of Life). We may pop up in Celebration Assembly one Friday and hope to be performing at some other school events...so keep your eyes (and ears) peeled, because you never know when we might show up and burst into song!

Want to know more?

Ask any of the people above when you see them around school - they'll be happy to chat about choir and singing :)

Essex Symphony Orchestra

On 27th January, a selection of children (including the choir) from Year 1-6 went to watch Essex Symphony Orchestra perform as part of an initiative to promote music within schools. Across the afternoon the orchestra performed several pieces from medieval period, including one written by Henry VIII himself! The conductor engaged the audience (a variety of schools from the area) by encouraging them to answer questions about the instruments they could see, as well as learn a dance routine to one of the pieces and join in with some singing and playing the drums. It was a fun, exciting afternoon; and as many of the pupils had never seen a live orchestra before, it was awe-inspiring and made us want to practise our own instruments more!

School Carol Concert - Monday 19th December

At St. Pius X's Carol Concert, the whole school will be performing 'Hosanna Rock'; and the choir intends to be there, too. We hope you'll come along to support all of the pupils as they celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Carols at Chelmsford Train Station - Friday 9th December 2016

We performed at Chelmsford train station , as part of a school community initiative to help raise money for Health Poverty Action, a charity that supports overseas development. Across the day, many school choirs from Chelmsford had been singing Christmas Carols, and our performance was 5.30p.m. - 6.00p.m. This was a great opportunity to sing in front of a large crowd as commuters flooded by in there hundreds. The choir sang beautifully and with lots of enthusiasm.

 

Three times we had the opportunity to sing our favourite song of the year: 'Mary, Did You Know?' Pentatonix did a version of this and inspired us to sing our own version. Our school raised £187.52 for the charity, and overall the charity has raised over £7000 from schools and singing groups performing around the country this month. This money will greatly benefit those less fortunate than us, and it has been amazing to be a part of this experience. For more information, head to

https://www.healthpovertyaction.org/news/carolsinging1/

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Hosanna Rock – Friday 25th November 2016

 We performed with seven other schools in the diocese at a concert at Brentwood Cathedral. Each school individually performed a Christmas Caro, and our choir chose to sing 'Angels We Have Heard on High'. We had small groups singing the verses and then the whole choir participated for the chorus and final verse. Despite feeling nervous and excited, nobody showed any nerves at all. Afterwards, all of the schools came together to perform 'Hosanna Rock', a production with a mixture of catchy and hymn-like tunes that help us to understand the true meaning of Christmas. We were so pleased to have this opportunity and can't wait for our next performance at the train station.

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The school choir is for KS2 children. It is run by Miss Ross and Mrs Wallace on a Tuesday from 3:15 -4:15pm.

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