Music at Mount Stewart
Welcome to our new music blog page; keeping you up-to-date with all the musical activity taking place at MSJ.
Music continues to flourish at MSJ and after an exciting summer term, in which we saw the MSJ Concert Choir win the senior section of Brent Primary School Choir of the Year and a fantastic musical production of ‘Cinderella Rockerfella’ performed by our year 6 leavers, we look forward to the exciting musical opportunities of the new academic year.
On Wednesday 7th October, a group of 35 of our year 4, 5 and 6 instrumentalists were taken to The Royal Albert Hall to participate in Music for Youth’s ‘Primary Proms’.
A great morning was had by all and we were entertained by groups of talented young musicians from across London. These included: The Harrow Tamil Carnatic Orchestra, Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra, The Royal College of Music Junior Chamber Choir, The Dulwich Fusion Ensemble and the very popular, Hackney Young Brassacles. There was much to entertain and inspire us all and the morning included some audience participation in the form of a massed sing-along of ‘World in Union’!
This was just one of a handful of musical enrichment opportunities that we have lined up for this year. Watch this space for news about Baroque Central Project 2015-2016; The Brent Primary School Choir of the Year Competition; ‘Music Fest 2016’ with a twist and ‘Brent Makes Music’ to be held at London’s Wembley Arena.
We are also proud to announce that MSJ is now ‘home’ to the BMS Junior Orchestra and we have a growing number of our pupils who have been specially selected to join BMS’ popular vocal and instrumental ensembles.
Add to that the fact that our lower and upper school choirs now have a combined membership of over 100 pupils, which is amazing and we are looking forward to future vocal projects with great enthusiasm.
Watch this space – there’s a lot of music being made at MSJ !
St Luke’s Hospice Thank You Letter – January 2016
Please click here to view a thank you letter from St Luke’s Hospice following our Christmas performance there in December.
Both of the March events below serve to emphasize our strengthening links to Brent Music Services, who not only provide curriculum expertise through the delivery of the ‘Music’sCool’ programme in both lower and upper school, but instrumental tuition too on a weekly basis.
Music Fest – March 2015
BMS Junior Musician of the Year 2015
Brent Music Service held the fourth biennial Junior Musician of the Year Competition at Claremont High School on Wednesday 3rd March.
Miss Al Taheri, Mrs Richards and Mrs Rai went along to support Aadarsh Khimasia and Saffron Adewusi, both are in class 6S. They had been shortlisted out of 50 members of BMS ensembles. This in itself is a great achievement!
The children were competing for the privileged title against a total of 6 musicians.
Aadarsh played the flute and Saffron played the piano. The evening was highly charged with mixed feelings of great excitement and nervousness.
The Panel of Judicators were Duncan Hamilton (BMS music Tutor), Margaret Bennett- Goodman (from Harrow Music Service), and Paul Fensom ( Head of Brent Music Service). They had a difficult job to decide upon the best three performances by closely examining best stage performance, musicality and technical ability.
The school is delighted to share with you that Aadarsh was a worthy runner up.
Saffron achieved 1st place and was crowned BMS JUNIOR MUSICIAN of the YEAR.
They are both dedicated and talented musicians. Their performances were outstanding.
We are looking forward to them performing again at the Musical Festival evening on 19th March, where they can continue to inspire their peers.
The Brent Primary School Choir of the Year Competition 2014
On Monday 31st March, we entered our combined lower and upper school choirs into The Brent Primary School Choir of the Year Competition 2014 for which we sang Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow’s arrangement of ‘Sing’. We competed against 17 other schools from across the borough and were proud to receive a silver award for our efforts.
‘National Sing-up Day’
Friday 14th March saw our whole school celebration of ‘National Sing-up Day’ with an assembly led by Mrs. Richards to look at the benefits of singing and to reveal the long-awaited results of MSJ’s favourite song of 2013.
As a Sing-up Gold Award singing school, there was great excitement as voting took place in every classroom across the school and the results were as follows:
At number 5 we had a handful of favourite songs scoring the same amount of votes: ‘Amani Utupe’ ‘In the Name of Love’ ‘As One’ and ‘The School Rule Song’
At Number 4: A new entry for ‘The Red Nose Day Song’
Number 3: Last year’s winner – a firm school favourite – ‘Power in Me’
Number 2: Occupying the same place in the chart and heart as last year – a MSJ oldie but goodie – ‘Refuge’
And finally, at the hotly contested number one spot was: ‘Disco Medley’
A great time was had by all with the whole school singing numbers 3 to 1 with great gusto and it was a great way to start our Friday!