Arts

Drama Club Trip……On Wednesday 3rd May, 20 members of the school drama club took the opportunity to experience the magic of a  West End Show when they took a trip to see Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre in London. The children had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to see what is truly possible on stage. Each of them came away with their own highlight and from the teachers perspective it was fantastic to watch the children’s reaction to the performance, hopefully this may ignite in them an even greater desire to be involved in performances in the future. Our thanks go to Mr Pascoe for organising the trip.

  

 

Year 5 Choir at The Big Gospel Project 2017

Some of the choir from Year 5 took part in a very exciting project at the Fitzwimarc School last week. They joined several other primary schools in Rayleigh to take part in a workshop run by The London Community Gospel Choir. They spent the day singing and dancing along to traditional and modern gospel songs. The day culminated in an evening at the Palace Theatre in Southend where they joined in with the Gospel choir and performed to their parents. The whole day was a really unique experience- Darcy, from the Year 5 choir said that it was a moment she will always remember- her friends all agreed with her.

 

 

 

 

Music Assembly.....On Wednesday 22nd March the Year 3,4 and 5 choir, together with Mrs Chase’s guitar group and some of the children who receive music lessons showcased their talents by putting on a wonderful Music Assembly about colours to parents and carers in the Sports Hall. 

 

Young Voices at the O2 2017 

On Friday 20th January 2017, 37 members of the choir spent the day at the O2 Arena in London performing in the Young Voices concert.  The members of Years 5 and 6 joined many other schools from the area to make a choir of around 7000 children.  They spent the day singing, dancing and just enjoying part of such a massive musical event.  The choir performed a variety of songs including a Rock Medley, a song with sign language and even a song that was accompanied by beat boxers which had no instruments other than the human voice! Everyone who went, including the staff, had a fantastic day. 

Junior Music Festival 2016

Tuesday 14th June 40 members of the Years 5 & 6 choir attend the South East Essex Junior Music Festival at The Cliffs Pavilion in Southend. They sang in a choir made up of around 360 children from 12 different schools in the area. The theme for the musical evening was a trip to the movies and included old favourites from Mary Poppins and Annie as well as the more up to date 'Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows' from the film 'Cloudy, with a Chance of Meatballs'. The children performed with great enthusiasm and a fantastic evening was had by all!

 

 

Young Voices at the O2 - Friday 20th January 2016

 

On Friday 20th January, 36 Grove Wood choir members travelled to the O2 to sing in the Young Voices concert. This was one of six nights of singing and dance moves including Beat Boxers. Everybody had a wonderful time and music Teacher Mrs Snoxall could not have been prouder of the children who were an absolute credit to the School.

 

Flo in Year 6 said "it was a once in a lifetime opportunity" while Lois also in Year 6 said it was "amazing and fabulous". Year 6 pupil Isabel said it was simply "heartwarming" 

As the Young Voices website says, 'Nothing can prepare you for the sound of thousands of children singing in harmony. Young Voices combines the power of singing together as one, with accompaniment from a wide range of musicians and artists, to create an amazing performance".

Every year, schools across the country practise music in class with their teachers to prepare themselves to take part in these massive concerts. Over the years the children in the choir have performed with artists such as Alexandra Burke, Joss Stone, and Gary Barlow as well as raising over 1 million pounds for Children’s charities such as CLIC Sargent.

With a full live band, backing singers, it makes for one of the most exciting and memorable musical experiences you can imagine. Over 120,000 children take part across the UK and Ireland. Every year there are concerts at The O2 in London, The LG Arena in Birmingham, The Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, and the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.

 

 2016 Dance Festival at the Palace Theatre

 

The Year 2 Dance Club and the Year 3-6 Street Dance Club both took part in the Primary Dance Festival at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday 26th January. Both groups overcame their nerves and performed extremely well, especially as it was threir first perfomance in a proper theatre. The children had all learnt and remembered the routines and were very proud to perform to a packed auditorium. A huge thank you to Kelly and Laura, the dance Teachers, for all their help in preparing the children so well. 

 

 

The Years 5 & 6 Choir took part in the annual 2015 Music Festival at the Cliffs Pavilion. The theme this year was songs inspired by books.  Among some of our favourites were Naughty, from the musical based on the Roald Dahl book Matilda.  Along with this they also performed Remember you're a Womble which had many of the parents on their feet singing along to one of their childhood favourites!  

The children involved had and amazing time performing in a proper theatre.

 

 

In March 2015 some of the children from KS2 took part in a Music Assembly.  The choirs from Years 3,4 and 5 performed some of the songs  that will be sung at the Music Festival later this year while Mrs Chase's guitar group entertained everyone with their rendition of 'Paradise'.  
 
A number of children from Years 4,5 and 6 are learning to play a variety of musical instruments in school.  Some of the pianists and flutists performed solo pieces along with a ukulele duo.  The choir provided the vocals for Jack Hayes playing 'Living on a Prayer' on his guitar and the drummers gave the audience an impressive display of some of the pieces they have been working on this term.  
 
Mrs Snoxall was so proud of all the children that performed, it was really lovely to see the progress they are making and the enthusiasm they have for music!
 

KS1 Music Festival Report
by Daisy and Emma 2C and Libby 2A

March 2015

On Tuesday 17th March 2015, 32 year 2 children went to the Music Festival at The Freight House. The theme to the festival was animals. We have been learning lots of songs in choir club and had to sing them all together with three other schools. We sang some songs together and each school performed two songs on their own.

We sang 'Winne the Pooh' and 'Never smile at a crocodile!' and we did fantastic actions to them! Some children played instruments to the songs as well. 
Daisy thought it was brilliant. Libby really enjoyed it because she saw other schools sing, while Emma thought it was really fun singing on stage! 
All the children behaved and performed exceptionally well and should be very proud of their wonderful singing achievements!

 A Right Royal Mess!

The Grove Wood Players (also known as Miss Brooklyn's Theatre Club) proudly presented their long awaited play 'A Right Royal Mess' to children in Key Stage Two and their parents.  While the children expressed stage fright and nerves before the play, none of this was evident as they ably performed in front of their appreciative audience.  We laughed, booed and clapped in all the right places.  How could we not?  With a wicked fairy with a burping problem, two extremely mischievous servants, a rather pushy Queen and a highly strung French chef who makes Gordon Ramsey seem docile, the play was a laugh a minute from beginning to end.  

Due to popular demand, Theatre Club will resume next term - more details will follow in Autumn.

Our Music Ensemble takes place after school on a Tuesday in our Music Lodge.

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