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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Filming For Look North Part Two

After a very successful filming at Grimethorpe Colliery Band ‘s headquarters, Abi from Look North called in at school to continue with interviews. Mrs. Allen, Mr. Dodd, Professor Roger Webster (of Grimethorpe Colliery Band) and our incredibly talented musicians were interviewed for a special feature which highlights Birkwood’s positive links with our neighbours, the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band!  Thank you to Mrs. Sutton for all of her hard work and dedication to our Musical Stars!

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Beautiful Birkwood Hoodies

Mrs. Allen has treated Birkwood Brass to brand new hoodies. We will be wearing them on our ‘tour’ to the National Youth Brass Band Competition in Coventry this Sunday.

 

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#TeamFuller’s New Recruits

Here are our newest guitarists from Year 2 and Year 3 with their teacher, Barnsley Music Hub’s Mr. Fuller.

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Birkwood Brass on Tour 2018

Our amazing brass band started their ‘Summer Tour’ at the TOP. The children were invited to perform IN Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s practice room. This is part of a Look North feature about the support given to Birkwood from the world’s most famous brass band.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our musicians and they most certainly embraced it. Many thanks for making our children and their families so welcome Grimethorpe Colliery Band; special thanks to our friends Roger Webster and Michael Dodd.

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Our Brass Stars

The whole school loved watching videos of our very own brass ensemble, Birkwood Brass. We are excited to see them on BBC Look North!

 

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He’s a Winner!

Congratulations to one of our AMAZING tuba players from Year 6. We are extremely proud that you have acheived a Merit for ABRSM Grade 3 tuba!

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Chord Progression Here are our Year 5 guitarists showing off some of the chords that they have learned recently with Mr. Fuller.

Here are our Year 5 guitarists showing off some of the chords that they have learned recently with Mr. Fuller.

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Rock Around the Glock

Here we are performing glockenspiel accompaniments to this half term’s Charanga song.

 

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Choir Rehearsal and World Book Day Combo

 

Mrs. T and Mrs. S were privileged to spend time rehearsing with our talented choir. The children are sounding fantastic-and they look great in their 2018 World Book Day outfits too.

 

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