The Russell School

Concerts During Covid

The children love to perform, but unfortunately we are not allowed to invite audiences into school.  So we would like to share with you some class concerts that the children have recorded in their class bubbles socially distanced.

Easter Concert (years 1-4) - April 2021

Spring Concert (year 1 and 2) - May 2021

Summer Concerts - July 2021

Year 1 Summer Concert

Year 1 and 2 Singing Club Summer Concert

Year 3 Class Summer Concert

Year 3 and 4 Singing Club Summer Concert

Year 4 Class Summer Concert

Year 5 Summer Concert

Easter Concert - April 2021

 

Years 1-4 came back to school after a long winter lock down and with only 3 weeks before we broke up for Easter recorded these songs.

Year 4

 

Year 3

 

Year 1 and 2

 

Spring Concert - May 2021

Year One have recorded 3 fabulous songs.

It Must Be Spring tells us about some of the lovely animals we might discover during spring - birds, flowers, lambs and chicks and what they get up to. The children sang this from memory with a piano accompaniment.

 

Year one made some fantastic instruments including maracas, guitars and drums  from recycled materials.  In this next song, they demonstrate their instruments and how they play to the beat, going through each set of instruments for each verse and finishing with the whole class playing together as one big band.  Apart from knowing when to play, the hardest thing was singing and playing all at the same time!

Finally, we have all noticed the rain recently, so year one performed a song about how wet it has been from memory with the piano.

 

Year 2 have recorded 3 fabulous songs

London's Burning was an obvious choice for year 2, as they have been learning about the Great Fire of London at school this term.  In the first verse they sing the traditional words together.  Their 2nd verse was completely written by them, they made up all the words based on what they have learned in class about the fire. 

Wood is burning, Wood is burning

Find the firehooks and leather buckets

Blow up the houses, blow up the houses

Run away, run away!

 Finally the 3rd verse has the children singing a round and holding their own parts brilliantly.

 

Their next song, Make That Sound, shows off the brilliant instrumental skills of year 2.  Already we have cornet players, cello, violin and recorder players.  In addition many of the children used recycled materials to make their own instruments forming maracas, guitars and drums and captured the beat perfectly whilst playing and singing along to this jazz piece describing the sound of their instruments (shake, pluck, bang, blow, bow and play).

Year 2 were also lucky enough to have the opportunity to try the cello (sanitised of course) and hear its beautiful sound demonstrated by our cello teacher this term.  If your child would like to have cello lessons with Sian click here. Musical Instrument Tuition (Music menu tab)

Year 2's final song was the infamous, We Went to the Animal Fair.  This song is not only challenging due to its fast speed, meaning the words are really quick to fit into the notes, but also year 2 sang this song in 2 parts brilliantly.  The hardest bit was making sure we all stopped at the same time.

 

School Summer Concerts 

 

Year 1 Summer Concert

6 members of Year One preparing for their class concert

The children have been busy learning songs this term to perform to you both using instruments and their voices.  They will perform 3 songs today:

The Frog Song - this tells us a story about the life cycle from frogspawn to  tadpole to froglet to frog of a little frog.  Listen carefully to the words as the children explain exactly what happens to our frog.  They get to sing and speak during this song.

 

Now We are Fine Musicians - and Year 1 really are fine musicians from The Russell School, they made their own instruments for this song and in the first verse demonstrate their ability to play the beat, in the 2nd verse a well known rhythm that they use at school quite often and in the 3rd verse they have the chance to do a full improvisation - louds/softs, fast/slows, basically whatever they wanted to do with their home made instruments.

 

Finally, year 1 would like to perform our new school song.  We are sorry you can't see us dancing and doing gymnastics to it, but this audio version has us singing the important words written by members of our current year 6 class.  We are really excited that this song was written by an ex member of Russell School and it makes us think about what we might be able to write ourselves in the future.

Words Year 6 2021, Music Phil Deeley

From September, we are planning to restart our ensemble Mini Vocals which will enable our year 1 and 2 children to sing together again and perform at our school concerts. Please do consider signing your child onto this activity, just click on the following page which will take you through to the clubs planner:

Clubs

This is a really good time to think about learning a musical instrument either in school or outside of school.  There are numerous ways that playing a musical instrument and singing can boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Studies show a correlation between instrumental learning and performing, with academic success, helping to stimulate the brain and improve abstract reasoning skills. Music is fun with great social opportunities, can relieve stress, give a great sense of achievement and develop an
individual’s creative side.

 

Musical Instrument Tuition (Music menu tab)

Year 1 and 2 Singing Club Summer Concert

We formed 2 separate singing clubs in line with covid rules during the summer term, in keeping with our all important class bubbles, hoping desperately we would be allowed to perform together at our school summer fair.  But sadly it was not to be, as the covid rules stopped us, so today we are performing together via the magic of online music production.

The Friendly Robot - our first song is a happy song about a very friendly robot.

Shine - our next song is all about the sunshine

 

From September, we are planning to restart our ensemble Mini Vocals which will enable our year 1 and 2 children to sing together again and perform at our school concerts. Please do consider signing your child onto this activity, just click on the following page which will take you through to the clubs planner:

Clubs

This is a really good time to think about learning a musical instrument either in school or outside of school.  There are numerous ways that playing a musical instrument and singing can boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Studies show a correlation between instrumental learning and performing, with academic success, helping to stimulate the brain and improve abstract reasoning skills. Music is fun with great social opportunities, can relieve stress, give a great sense of achievement and develop an
individual’s creative side.

Musical Instrument Tuition (Music menu tab)

 

 

 

Year 3 Class Summer Concert

  

Year 3 have worked so hard towards their summer concert, they have recorded some whole class pieces - both instrumental and vocal and there are some solo and small group pieces too.  We hope you enjoy their performance today.

The Watercycle Song: we have been learning about water this term, so this song seems like a great start to our programme of music today, the words in this song were particularly challenging to sing.

Pieces from: Alfred, Lara, Angela, Collette, Anna, Anna

Pieces from: Elena, Audrey, Bea, Jasmine, Aspen, 

Egyptian Medley - this piece was arranged especially for our class.  We studied the Egyptians this term and this piece contains a story about building the Pyramids.  We can hear our class cornets and glockenspiels playing too.

Pieces from: Harry, Kian, Livia, Oscar, Rahul, Hugo

 

 

School Song: We end our concert today with our audio version of the school song.  It is a shame you can't see us dancing to this, we really do have a lot of fun when we get to perform this song at school with our dancing routines.

Words Year 6 2021, Music Phil Deeley

From September, we are planning to restart our ensembles; Junior Vocals, Brass Band and Orchestra again, which will enable the children to be able to play and sing together across the school. Please do consider signing your child onto these activities, just click on the following page which will take you through to the clubs planner: Clubs. There should be opportunities to perform in live school concerts, be part of Young Voices again (previously at O2 now at Wembley), Village Night and more.

This is a really good time to think about learning a musical instrument either in school or outside of school.  There are numerous ways that playing a musical instrument and singing can boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Studies show a correlation between instrumental learning and performing, with academic success, helping to stimulate the brain and improve abstract reasoning skills. Music is fun with great social opportunities, can relieve stress, give a great sense of achievement and develop an
individual’s creative side.

Musical Instrument Tuition (Music menu tab)

 

Year 3 and 4 Singing Club Summer Concert

We formed 2 separate singing clubs in line with covid rules during the summer term, in keeping with our all important class bubbles, hoping desperately we would be allowed to perform together at our school summer fair.  But sadly it was not to be, as the covid rules stopped us, so today we are performing together via the magic of online music production.

Our first song from Frozen, beings with a solo from Imogen, followed by a small group of Calla, Kian, Ellen and Millie, and then a solo from Chris before the main group of singers join.  This song is followed by We Are The World.  This was written for Live Aid in 1985, but the words feel more poignant than ever with our current global pandemic that we are living through.

 

 Year 4 Class Summer Concert

The children have put together a fabulous concert for you today, with whole class performances of both instrumental and vocal pieces and some lovely solos.

March Medley: This piece has been arranged especially for our class, you might recognise 3 very familiar tunes.  The class use their instrumental skills to play this on Violins, Cornet, French Horns, Clarinet, Flute, Recorder, Guitars and Glockenspiels.

Pieces from Kian, Liza, Max, Eve and Sylvie

Pieces from Ellen, Harry, Max, Imogen

No Place Like: After half term we started a BBC Ten Pieces project thinking about what home means to us but in music terms.  The whole class learnt this piece by Kerry Andrews, which contains singing in 2 parts, beat boxing, body percussion, actions and finally own sound loop creation.  This  reflects what home might mean to us  - you might hear some football themed rhythms as we recorded this in the middle of the Euro 2020 competition, in addition we had a vacuum cleaner, knocking and welcome and the all too familiar sound of "vehicle reversing".  Every performance we do of this piece is unique as we recreate our sound loop differently each time.  We hope you enjoy this performance.

Pieces from Calla, Chris, Arav

School Song: We end our concert today with our audio version of the school song.  It is a shame you can't see us dancing to this but we are pretty cool when we do!

Words Year 6 2021, Music Phil Deeley

From September, we are planning to restart our ensembles; Junior Vocals, Brass Band and Orchestra again, which will enable the children to be able to play and sing together across the school. Please do consider signing your child onto these activities, just click on the following page which will take you through to the clubs plannerClubs. There should be opportunities to perform in live school concerts, be part of Young Voices again (previously at O2 now at Wembley), Village Night and more.

This is a really good time to think about learning a musical instrument either in school or outside of school.  There are numerous ways that playing a musical instrument and singing can boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Studies show a correlation between instrumental learning and performing, with academic success, helping to stimulate the brain and improve abstract reasoning skills. Music is fun with great social opportunities, can relieve stress, give a great sense of achievement and develop an
individual’s creative side.

Musical Instrument Tuition (Music menu tab)

Year 5 Class Summer Concert

The children have worked hard this year learning how to play the ukulele along with reading chords online and then performing from memory. They were introduced to some tricky chords but no challenge was too great for them.  They are performing 3 songs with their ukuleles today:

            

Count on Me:

I Like the Flowers:

In the Jungle:

From September, we are planning to restart our ensembles; Junior Vocals, Brass Band and Orchestra again, which will enable the children to be able to play and sing together across the school. Please do consider signing your child onto these activities, just click on the following page which will take you through to the clubs plannerClubs. There should be opportunities to perform in live school concerts, be part of Young Voices again (previously at O2 now at Wembley), Village Night and more.

This is a really good time to think about learning a musical instrument either in school or outside of school.  There are numerous ways that playing a musical instrument and singing can boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Studies show a correlation between instrumental learning and performing, with academic success, helping to stimulate the brain and improve abstract reasoning skills. Music is fun with great social opportunities, can relieve stress, give a great sense of achievement and develop an
individual’s creative side.

Musical Instrument Tuition (Music menu tab)