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We are DELIGHTED that our neighbours, the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band, will be performing a community concert in OUR school hall on Monday 3rd December. This is an evening not to be missed – get your tickets quick!

 

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A Visit from Our World Famous Neighbours

The posters and tickets are designed and printed, ready for the concert by Grimethorpe Colliery Band in our school hall.

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Welcome! 

Today marked the first Birkwood Brass rehearsal complete with percussion dept. Jingle Bells and Rudolph have found their way onto the rehearsal schedule-how exciting!

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Magnificent Music Man

This Kingfisher spent his own time playing and then performing for some of his classmates today. What a talented young musician!

 

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Impressing Mr Ramskill

 

 

Our Year 1/2 percussionists are making excellent progress. Thanks to Mr Ramskill for his skill in working with such young musicians and for making learning so much fun!

 

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Lunchtime Musicians 

Here are two of our Key Stage 1 lunchtime club members enjoying a musical moment or two.

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Team Dodd Trio

What fantastic and enthusiastic playing from the new #teamdodd!

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Girl Power

This all female quartet (accompanied by Mr Dodd) are sounding fantastic!

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Musical Newbies

Just listen to some of our youngest children singing along and having a lovely time in choir. We are so proud of their talent and confidence!

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Perfect Progress

What great progress! Our new percussionists are learning to play short rhythmic patterns with ‘shushes’. Mr Ramskill is DELIGHTED- and so are we

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Sing Along!

Here’s just a few of our potential choir members. They are popping along over the next few weeks to see if they like it!

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Tuning Up

Choir rehearsals began after school this week. It was fabulous to welcome familiar faces and lots of new ones too! Children from all year groups are welcome to come along and see if they like it!

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Latest from Team Laycock

We are looking forward to following the musical progress of our brand new wind players.

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They’ve Got Rhythm!

Today was the day when Mr. Ramskill launched our brand new percussion department. At present, we have four Key Stage 1 children receiving excellent musical tuition. Well done #TeamRamskill

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Introducing Birkwood Brass – Here they are…

Mr. Dodd’s newest recruits. They met with Mr. Dodd to discuss instrument choices, rehearsal and lesson commitments and the honour of ‘stepping into the shoes’ of Birkood Brass. All twelve musicians are set to work hard and enjoy themselves. This year, Mr. Dodd will be teaching our brass players on Thursdays. We also welcome Mr. Lennon as guest conductor of Birkwood Brass on Thursdays after school.

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A Wonderful Duet

The staff team were treated to a lovely duet at lunchtime! We are all excited to see how much progress our brass players will make.

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Introducing…. 

Our brand new pianists and keyboard players. 

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Thank you, Mr. Dodd

Here’s a glimpse of our celebrations and the thank you book from #teamdodd to Mr Dodd. We think Mr D might have had something in his eye when he received his keepsake book.

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Star of the Show

We were delighted that one of our AMAZING cornet players took the stage as soloist for the annual Barnsley Music Hub Summer concert. All of our #TeamDodd musicians were on top form and it was wonderful to see them all receive graduation certificates; they’re moving from Intermediate Band to Met Band and Concert Band in September!

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Celebrating Our Talents in a Fitting Location

It was a joy to spend the morning at St John’s Church, Cudworth, with Father David, Mr. Dodd and Mr. Taylor. Our choir and brass ensemble recorded some of our musical favourites to celebrate all that we have achieved and enjoyed together! The performances are just wonderful.

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New Skills

How impressive are our woodwind musicians? Here they are after only a couple of improvisation lessons from their fantastic teacher!

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Birkwood Choir 

Take a look at the fantastic performances from Birkwood Choir at theBarnsley Council Employee Excellence Awards Ceremony:

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Exam Day

The day that we have been preparing for arrived! Seven of our talented musicians travelled to the Civic to take their Grade 3 brass exams. Mr. Dodd was delighted with our children’s performances; we are all very proud. Once the final scale was played, it was time to celebrate with cake and drinks. The owners of Aroma Café made everyone very welcome – thank you!

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Helping with Excellence

Our choir were invited to sing at the opening of the prestigious Barnsley Council Employee Excellence Award Ceremony. Our lovely singers were given a standing ovation after their moving performances of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and ‘All of Me’. Well done to each of our superstar performers and thank you so much to the wonderful Mrs Sutton!

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Tiny Team Dodd in Concert

The Woodpeckers loved performing in Barnsley Music Hub’s KS2 Music Festival at the Metrodome. They enjoyed singing and playing along with 7 other Barnsley schools, and also played a solo spot too! Well done children, promotion to THE #teamdodd is around the corner for lots of you.

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Celebrating Community Matters

Our lovely choir and award-winning brass ensemble performed for the Cudworth Community. Their contribution to St. John the Baptist Church’s 125 year celebrations was very warmly received.

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Recording Musical Memories

What a wonderful afternoon! Our children enjoyed showcasing and celebrating their musical talents in front of specials visitors from Brass Band England (Sophie Anderson), Outwood Shafton (Cara Ackroyd), Barnsley Music Hub (Alex Francis) and our own #incrediblecommunity (Mr. and Mrs. Winder, Mr. Burgin and Father David). All of our visitors were amazed by what they heard and the audience made up of children and adults from our school loved listening to the choir and to Birkwood Brass. 

 

Thank you to our visitors for coming to watch and a special thank you to our Chair of Governors, Mr. Taylor, for recording this outstanding performance. CDs will be available soon!

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Wonderful Weekend Workshop

All available Birkwood Brass musicians were invited to take part in a brass workshop. Barnsley Music Hub arranged a seven hour workshop delivered by ten professional musicians from Austonley Brass. Our pupils received expert tuition, opportunities to chat with the musicians about their careers and the chance to perform alongside the ensemble in a showcase at the end of the day. A musical day to remember!

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Working (and Playing) Hard! 

With just weeks at Birkwood left, Team Dodd are working hard to perfect a new challenge -gong repertoire. Here they are rehearsing a brand new piece. Watch for tiny team Dodd popping up in the background-they love to stay after school to pick up tips!

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We LOVE This! 

It was lovely to watch some of our award winning brass ensemble open this poster! What a great momento of a golden day at the National Youth Brass Band Championships 2018.

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