Titanic Topic

Titanic Topic

 

Thanks to Mr Dodd for bringing our Titanic Topic to these boys’ brass lesson today. They already sound fabulous…and it’s week one- well done!

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Brass is Back!

What a positive start to music making in 2019. Lessons in guitar, flute, percussion, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, cornet, tenor horn, baritone and violin have all taken place this week! We love our Barnsley Music Hub peripatetic teachers.

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Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

 

Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Sutton rocked around Birkwood’s Christmas tree in the run-up to Christmas. Here is a video of them singing alongside Barnsley Music Hub, as part of the Christmas concert that they kindly held for us once again!

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Soirée 2018

Our 2018 Christmas Soiree has been held in front of yet another Full House! Our children performed in several groups: Birkwood Brass, our Drama Group who provided a “War Time Christmas!”, Formation Team, Birkwood Choir and a range of other instrument players – thank you to Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Porter and staff from Barnsley Music Hub for organising the entertainment and to Mrs. Allen for being a wonderful compere. Our #incrediblecommunity turned out in great numbers to support the wonderful children as did many members of staff! A memorable evening – well done everyone!

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Birkwood Choir Performs at St. John’s Church

Our children sang beautifully at St. John’s Church. The members of our #incrediblecommunity who attended enjoyed listening to a range of Christmas carols. Thank you to Father David for his friendship.

 

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Rehearsing at Hope House

Our formation team and choir visited Hope House Barnsley for rehearsals ahead of their performance on Sunday. Our talented children will take centre stage at Hope House’s ‘Nativity the Musical’ themed Carol Service. Our #incrediblecommunity are welcome to join in this fantastic Christmas celebration.

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Grimethorpe inspire next generation —

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Making History

Our ‘next generation’ of Birkwood Brass took to the stage for the first time EVER. We are delighted that they shared the stage with our neighbours, the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band! What a way to start their musical careers!

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Grimethorpe Colliery Band Performs at Birkwood

What a night! Our #incrediblecommunity were treated to performances by the WORLD FAMOUS Grimethorpe Colliery Band, as well as three generations of Birkwood Brass. Here is a special message:

Dear Birkwood Brass,

Thank you letting us share your concert in school last night. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. You should all be very proud.You were an absolute credit to your school, all of your teachers and yourselves. To play like you did having only been learning since September this year is astonishing.It reminded all of us at Grimethorpe how every one of us started on our own musical journeys many years ago.

I hope you feel as inspired hearing us as we felt hearing you. As with many things in life the harder you work at something the more enjoyable it will become so keep up the good work and we will see you all the next time we come to school. Enjoy the rest of this term and have a lovely Christmas.Sandy Smith, Musical Director, Grimethorpe Colliery Band

 

Thank you to Mrs. Sutton for arranging this fantastic spectacle and to Grimethorpe Colliery Band for inspiring our children and performing for our #incrediblecommunity.

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Perfect Progress

What a wonderful baritone solo from this Year 3 musician! It is hard to believe he has had just 11 weeks of class brass tuition!

 

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Headline News

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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