Just a reminder that Orchestra and Harmony Choir sessions, at Manadon Vale itself, have now finished for the academic year and will resume in September 2019!
The 'Plymouth International Chorus' children have a very busy and exciting week ahead of them! A letter reminding you of all of their rehearsals, activities and the concert itself (times, location, clothing...) has gone home today (Thursday 4th July) but I have put another copy on here, just in case!
I am really excited about the week ahead and the wonderful, memorable experiences that our Manadon Vale singers will have, singing as part of a 180 strong choir and with children from Plymouth Massachusetts, as part of the lead up to the Mayflower 400 celebrations!
I look forward to seeing lots of you at the Guildhall! Enjoy and feel very proud!
I am excited to let you know that we have been allocated 40 Manadon Vale Primary School Harmony Choir places, to be part of the 200 strong Plymouth International Chorus (made up from children aged 10-17 from several different schools in both Plymouth UK and Plymouth MA USA!) Concert. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, with the named letters being handed out at their rehearsal today, Tuesday 11th June 2019! Please read the letter (see below!) very carefully before you return it to apply for a place for your child, because there are certain commitments for you as parents/carers. If you are able to commit to ALL of the rehearsals, as well as the necessary transporting of your child, and the performance itself (and are happy to give permission for the social media aspect of this performance), please return the slip as promptly as possible...once the 40 places are gone, they are gone! The children know to personally hand the form back to me, not to hand it in to the office.
I will give successful children a confirmation letter, which gives details of where you can purchase audience tickets from (online). Please note, we will not be ordering tickets through the school, or monitoring their ongoing availability, so book soon to avoid disappointment! This will be an occasion not to be missed!
A reminder that there aren't orchestra or harmony choir rehearsals, as such, on Tuesday 4th June. Instead, as per the letter sent home, there is a meeting about next year's instrumental lessons for parents/carers of children currently in Years 3 and 4.
So, the orchestra children are staying (with their instruments too please!) to help with this (they are performing to demonstrate how their instruments sound etc) and need picking up at 4.30pm.
Children only in the harmony choir should not attend on this day and will need to be collected from school at 3.15pm.
Year 3/4 parents/carers of children interested in learning an instrument, please come along to the hall (with your child!) at 3.30 on that afternoon!
Congratulations to the 16 children who performed in the 'Young Voices 2019' concert in Genting Arena, Birmingham!
What an amazing night, fantastic atmosphere, wonderful musical experience and great residential for us all!
We even had a snowy end to the night! How exciting!
Thank you for being such a brilliant group to take away overnight! We were so proud of you!
Year 5, we can't wait to take some of you, in January 2020! Remember to show that commitment to Harmony Choir!
A reminder that Harmony Choir and Orchestra start rehearsing again on Tuesday 8th January, 3.15 to 5.00pm.
Welcome to our many new Harmony Choir members! Thank you for the commitment that you have shown to your singing and the choir. If you were invited to join this choir towards the end of last term, you need to have returned the signed consent form in order to come along to Harmony Choir on Tuesdays.
We have another busy term of concerts coming up!...more information to follow!
For the first two weeks (Tuesday 8th January and Tuesday 15th January), we will just be singing for the entire session (with breaks!) so the children don't need to bring their instruments! The children who normally leave at 4.15, after the Orchestra club part, for other commitments, are obviously still welcome to attend for their usual hour and sing with us!
After these initial two weeks, we will start Orchestra again, but this will most likely be a shorter weekly rehearsal than before (probably just the first 30/40 minutes) in order for us to have plenty of time for the children to learn a new programme of songs for a concert later in the term! Again, the children who are only orchestra members are welcome to stay and be collected at their usual time.
From January 2019, the children in the Harmony Choir's regular commitment to their Tuesday choir rehearsals will be recorded and used when we decide which children to invite to 'Young Voices 2020'! This year, the children participating in the 'Young Voices 2019' overnight trip had all attended every single Tuesday rehearsal and concert during the spring and summer terms, except when they were absent through illness or a medical appointment. In fact, our 'Young Voices 2019' choir was still oversubscribed, even from children who had shown full commitment. If you wish to be considered for the 'Young Voices 2020' concert trip, you need to show your full commitment to Harmony Choir rehearsals and concerts throughout the spring and summer terms!
Our extra-curricular Music clubs are continuing to flourish! A huge well done to the talented children involved in these.
Tuesdays - Orchestra (28 members) - Miss York and Mrs Taylor
Children invited to join in Years 5 and 6 when they have been learning an orchestral instrument for a year
Harmony Choir (currently 60 members) - Miss York
4.15-5.00 (bring a quiet activity for 3.15-4.15!)
Children invited to join in Years 5 and 6 when they have shown commitment to the Orchestra and/or 'Christmas Choir' by attending rehearsals and performing at the evening concert
Thursdays - Recorders - Mrs Llewellyn
Year 4 children who signed up in September
We are enjoying rehearsing with these enthusiastic young musicians!
Dates for your diaries!
Friday 18th January to Saturday 19th January 2019 - 'Young Voices' Concert and Residential in Birmingham!