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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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And Here is the Musical News….

Today was the day when this fab flautist received her well earned Grade 2 certificate. We are so proud of her dedication to all things musical, and there’s no stopping her – this term, it’s Grade 3 trumpet. Keep up the great work, you are such an inspiration to our younger children! 
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Tiny Team Dodd

Here’s one of our promising Year 3 class brass musicians. After only two terms of lessons, he’s impressing all of us.

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Licensed to Thrill! 

One of our talented tuba players impressed Mr. Dodd with her articulation and dynamic range today. We are proud of her commitment … Grade 3 ABRSM is on the horizon!

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Here is the (Brass) News

Our brilliant euphonium player attended the Grimethorpe Youth Band rehearsal at Barnsley Civic last weekend. He had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with so many talented, inspiring and friendly young people and teachers!

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Brass Success

Thanks to Straight Talk and Barnsley Music Hub for highlighting the success of our brass ensemble at the recent National Youth Brass Band Competition in Coventry.

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Here is the News…. 

Many thanks to the Barnsley Chronicle for covering our success story!

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Young Musicians 

Congratulations to four of our Birkwood Brass musicians. On Saturday, they performed solos in Barnsley Music Hub’s Young Musician competition. Our promising brass players scooped gold and platinum trophies. We are all very proud of you!

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Feeling Famous

Here are our prize winning Brass Ensemble posing for their latest press photographs. The Barnsley Chronicle were keen to hear all about their success story!

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Congratulations!

 

It was lovely that Look North reported on Birkwood Brass’ success – how kind!

 

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Golden Day

Birkwood Brass, staff and our incredible community travelled to the National Youth Brass Band Competition at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry.

Our pupils did us proud – they performed a spectacular programme for the adjudicators and were awarded Highly Commended!

We are all SO proud of the (getting very famous) #teamdodd and their dedicated and talented conductor Mr. Dodd.

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National News

 
Our amazing brass group spent the morning in a photo shoot with a photographer who works for the Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian. He complimented our pupils on their professional behaviour. Here is a behind the scenes exclusive!
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Mayor’s Musical Stars

 
The 2nd part of our Birkwood Brass tour took us to Barnsley Civic, where our children opened the prestigious Mayor’s Musical Stars Concert. The concert was held to celebrate Barnsley’s outstanding musical talent and to raise funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities.
Birkwood Brass were ‘note perfect’ and received positive comments from many of the audience, as well as the Mayor.
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