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On Tuesday 27th January seventy Year 6 children from Southwater Junior Academy made their way excitedly to the 02 Arena to take part in a ‘Young Voices’ concert. They were to be a part of a choir of some 7,560 singers, quite possibly the largest school choir in the world!
The children had been rehearsing each Monday lunchtime since the start of September with Mrs Kerney-Haynes and Miss Bumford and had learnt a huge and diverse repertoire of music including: movements from Mozart Requiem, old time musical songs, traditional African songs, songs from West End musicals and the very latest pop songs from 2014. Arrangements were not only in unison but in two and three parts and challenged the children to sing in different languages such as Latin and Zulu. Also, the music encouraged the children to think about bigger issues such as apartheid through the ‘Tribute to Mandela’. The children rose to these challenges brilliantly and rehearsals had a positive, purposeful and buzzy feel. Enjoyment was high!
At the 02 the children were immediately struck by the enormity of the event they were taking part in and responded brilliantly to the direction of the conductor David Lawrence. Not only singing their hearts out but also dancing and moving throughout the rehearsal and concert. Urban Strides, who were the first ever street dance group to perform at the Royal Variety Performance, lead the way here. They inspired the children to move confidently and try out their own moves. Even the parents were encouraged to join in! Highlights were also singing with boy band Mic Lowry, Lucy Spraggan and Tom Billington. The children got to experience at first hand the excitement of performing alongside professional musicans/performers with professional lighting and sound in a world class venue. The experience really couldn’t be beaten.
Children, teachers and parents who were a part of the experience were unanimous in their praise for the day. As Mr Conway said, “One of the best nights I’ve had in years and the parents and children will have memories for a very long time.”
We are already looking forward to Young Voices 2016. Watch this space Year 5!
On Thursday 11th December, over 100 children in Year 5 thrilled their audience in two performances of their Christmas Concert. With a mixture of traditional carols and modern Christmas songs, there was something special for everyone. Almost 60 children showcased their talents in a variety of musical groups. These included: ‘Winter Wonderland’ played on keyboards; ‘Little Donkey’ performed by the brass section; ‘Away In A Manger’ by the woodwind band; ‘Jingle Bells’ by the violinists; ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ from the guitarists and a rousing ‘Christmas Medley’ performed on djembes and percussion by the children who have drumming lessons.
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Southwater Junior Academy celebrate 125th anniversary of WSCC
On Friday 21st November, forty pupils from Year 5 at Southwater Junior Academy took part in the 125th anniversary celebrations of West Sussex County Council. Alongside children from four other schools from across the County – Camelsdale, Jolesfield, St Andrew’s CE Primary Crawley and Yapton CE Primary School, Southwater Junior Academy children formed part of a massed ‘Sing Up’ Choir. These schools were invited to take part in the celebrations due to having been recognised nationally by the ‘Sing Up Award Scheme’ for outstanding achievement in singing and musical challenges.
The children sang the following songs (two of which were composed by Emily Barden, Leader of Singing and Choirs in West Sussex): ‘Remember’, ‘Only Remembered’ and ‘People at the Heart – a Song for Sussex’. The West Sussex County Youth Chamber Ensemble and the West Sussex County Youth Choir also performed at this celebration service.
The concert took place in Chichester Cathedral and was attended by councillors from West Sussex County Council, West Sussex Music and pupils and parents from the above schools. The Cathedral was packed, and the audience very supportive of all performers. A rousing rendition of ‘People at the Heart’ was sung by all in the Cathedral to conclude the service.
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