What A Chorus!

Here’s the youngest EVER chorus for a musical at Birkwood and they really are something special. Mary Poppins starts this week!

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There’s no I in TEAM! 

 Our Year 3/4 Kingfishers performed brilliantly at Barnsley Music Hub’s festival. Well done TEAM and fantastic conducting Mini Mr Dodd!

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They’ve got rhythm! 

 

Another great lesson with Mr Ramskill – well done boys!

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Chillin’ 

 

It’s been a busy day and we’re enjoying time with Mr Lennon.

 

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Creativity in Abundance

These photos were taken by one of our Year 4 photography lovers. Here’s our choir preparing for our summer production of Mary Poppins. Sounding (and looking) great team!

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ONE Big Night at Birkwood

 

A behind the scenes look at our showcase evening for BBC’s The One Show. Our children (and all guest players) were amazing and we are SO proud of all that they do! Music continues to thrive at Birkwood under Mrs. Sutton, with support from Mrs. Allen, our Governing Body and our #incrediblecommunity.

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Birkwood on THE ONE SHOW!

What a fantastic evening! We were visited by Andy Kershaw and BBC’s The One Show. Birkwood Brass, Outwood Brass and Grimethorpe Colliery Band showcased their talents for this feature about music in schools. We were all very proud of our school community.

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One Show spotlight for Birkwood’s young brass stars

The work under taken by Michael Dodd in inspiring the future generations of Grimethorpe Colliery Band players was recently featured on the prime-time BBC1 ‘One Show’…

 

Read the rest here…

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Here is the News

 

Our final half term begins and we have lots of plans for performing! Here are all of our pupils (18) who have lessons with Mr Dodd enjoying their ensemble work.

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Weekend Fun

Our musicians loved Grimethorpe Youth Band’s Fledglings workshop morning at Barnsley Civic. Thank you to Mrs Sutton for supporting as always

 

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New Kids on the Block 

This quartet have been learning class brass since September. Now, they are having small group lessons with our Mr. Dodd. You’re sounding fantastic girls!

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Star Worker

Introducing Mrs. Laycock’s star woodwind worker for this week! She’s worked really hard to learn this piece from memory! We are really proud of your commitment to your music lessons.

 

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Birkwood Brass

Here’s Birkwood Brass in action after school! Sounding great everyone- keep up the hard work.

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Super Star Saxophonist

Listen to her rich tone. She will be performing at BGT in a few weeks time – watch this space.

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Summer Serenade

Week 1 of term 3 and we’re playing in 3 part harmony.

 

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Beautiful…Just Saying! 

Here’s a gorgeous film of our choir singing Bette Midler’s ‘The Rose’. This year, we have a very young choir (5- 10 years old). We are sure you’ll agree that they sound ‘sweet’.

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Nationals! 

Our Birkwood Alumni (Outwood Academy Brass) musicians competed in the National Youth Brass Band competition in Warwick on Saturday. They were AMAZING! 

The band won a very impressive 3rd place and their flugel horn player scooped 1st prize in the soloist competition. We are so proud of these talented young people!

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Feeling the Beat

Here’s our newest percussionist showing off her new skills. What a fantastic musical team!

 

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Because We’re Happyyyyyy

Year 6 Lions have started a new song this term – Pharrell William’s ‘Happy’. We identified pulse, warmed up our bodies and voices and sang lead and backing vocals. A great way to end the week!

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Opera For All

We are delighted to be working closely with Opera North on a performance project. Our children are thoroughly enjoying learning new musical techniques and skills!

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School on Saturday!

Birkwood Brass were given a very special invitation from Grimethorpe Youth Band! 17 of our musicians attended a morning session of workshops and activities. We are delighted that this special day was based in our school and that our talented pupils were given opportunity to take part. As always, our pupils shone for all the right reasons. Thank you so much to GYB and to Mrs Sutton!

 

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Funky Beats!

Here are two members of #teamramskill rocking out! They’re sounding fantastic! Keep up the great work boys – we’re proud of your progress.

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Brass, Brass, Brass

 

When your brass band continues to expand…. listen to that fabulous sound. We are 20 strong!

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Birkwood Brass Presents a Year 5 Soloist

What an AMAZING performance for his peers at Birkwood Brass. He even surprised himself at the end!

 

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Time to Shine

Here we are featuring the percussion section at brass rehearsal. Our Year 1s are SPOT ON in time! Great work #teamramskill

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Barnsley Music Hub Survey

https://www.barnsleymusichub.com/surveys

Our colleagues at Barnsley Music Hub would be most grateful if you could complete this survey for them. Thank you for your support! 

 

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🌟Breaking News! 🌟

We are delighted to be hosting THE Grimethorpe Youth Band Spring Workshop on Saturday 9/3/19. We look forward to welcoming back to Birkwood top-class Tutors from the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band as well as lots of young and very talented brass players!

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Team Marples…

Check out this Year 5 pupil ~ she is impressing Mrs. Marples with her dedication.

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Gentleman’s Generous Gift

We received a beautiful letter and very generous donation towards brass tuition from a gentleman in Leeds. He has heard all about our partnership with Grimethorpe Colliery Band and all the wonderful opportunities this brings! We have made him a very special thank you card. 

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Terrific Team Laycock

We are all really proud of our woodwind musicians! They are making excellent progress. Well doneTeam Laycock.

 

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