Brass is Back for 2018!

Rehearsals are underway, the band have a new ‘tricky’ repertoire and are working hard to prepare for some very important appearances in April!

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Exam News

One of our high achieving musicians has added an extra ABRSM exam to her list! She’s achieved a merit for Grade 1 flute; we are all really proud of her fantastic commitment to ‘All things musical’.

 

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Ready, Steady… Charanga! 

 
Our Year 3s are loving the new music scheme, Charanga! Our song for this half term is Bob Marley’s ‘Don’t Worry About a Thing’.
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Barnsley Music Hub’s Rock Show 2017

The school enjoyed a celebration of fun, song and dance today thanks to Barnsley Music Hub.  The whole school sang along as the teachers from Barnsley Music Hub led us in a Christmas Concert – it looks like everyone had an amazing time (especially Mrs. Allen)!

 

Thank you to Barnsley Music Hub – a brilliant day and Merry Christmas.

 

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Birkwood’s Christmas Soirée 2017

What a brilliant evening! The singing from our choir was beautiful, Birkwood Brass showed off their skills with another amazing performance, the showcase of all of our music (keyboard, flute, clarinet and guitar) was fantastic and the dancing from our formation team was brilliant. Well done to all of the children who took part and thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their support.

Special thanks to all of the staff for their support on the night, particularly Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Porter and Mr. Froggatt.

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Christmas Cheer

One of our lovely Mums invited some of our experienced choir members to sing at Oakwood Grange Care Home this afternoon. We thoroughly enjoyed singing Carols, Christmas songs and narrating short extracts from the Nativity. It was heart-warming to see how much joy we brought to the residents. 

We were made really welcome and enjoyed drinks, cakes and chocolate coins. We were delighted that Father Christmas made it too!

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A Night on the Polar Express

Our Choir and Formation Tem took centre stage at Hope House Church’s Carol Concert. It was fabulous to share in the amazing Polar Express themed Christmas celebrations with our families and friends at Hope House. We really do have an incredible community!

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Sneak Preview

Mrs. S managed to catch the final few moments of today’s lesson with Team Fuller. They were putting the final touches to their guitar ensemble pieces, in time for the Christmas Soirée.

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Festive Flute Choir

Here’s our recently formed flute choir in rehearsal for the Christmas Soiree.

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Welcome Back TJ!

After a long flight from Singapore, Birkwood’s ex-pupil TJ Taylor has returned to school. The choir were delighted to rehearse with professional performer TJ in person (we have been using technology to help until now). TJ will be performing with our choir at a Polar Express themed Carol Service at Hope House in Barnsley town centre.

 

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The ‘Keys’ to Success 

Here’s a sneak preview of two of our AMAZING musicians from Year 2 and 3. They will be making their performance debuts in next week’s Christmas Soirée.

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Performance Update-We’re On Tour!

 

Our formation team and choir visited Hope House Church in town today, for important technical rehearsals. We have been invited to participate in their Polar Express themed Carol Service at 6pm on Sunday 17th December. Our incredible community are warmly invited to come and share in a fantastic Christmas celebration.

We had a few spare minutes before our coach arrived, so the choir decided to try out one of their songs for St. John’s Carol concert next week! We hope that you like it.

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Welcoming the Festive Season

 

Birkwood Brass are rehearsing for their Christmas concerts. Here they are showcasing their skills….. VERY impressive team Dodd!

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Cudworth’s Carols and Count Down to Christmas

This evening marked the beginning of the festive season. Our older choir members (and their siblings) joined children from other Cudworth Schools to sing carols in the Methodist Church Hall. As always, it really was a lovely community event- mince pies, hot drinks and selection box treats for all of the choir children. The community enjoyed a count down to ‘switch on’! One of our lovely Year 5 girls was in charge of pressing THE switch to light up the beautiful Cudworth Christmas tree.

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Reaching New Heights! 

This Duo are beginning to play the higher notes (squeeze). Mr. Dodd asked them to play the trickiest part of a 3 part melody today. Well done girls-keep working hard!

 

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Working Hard and Making Progress! 

One of our talented brass players has decided to make the switch to trumpet. What a treat that our friend, Professor Roger Webster from Grimethorpe Colliery Band, gifted a beautiful instrument to Birkwood Brass for her to enjoy!

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This Year 3 pupil is following in her musical brother’s footsteps.

 She earned the right to use Mr. Dodd’s beautiful BRIGHT BLUE cornet by playing a Hot Cross Buns solo.

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Year 6’s Class Assembly

Our Year 6 children showed our special visitors some of their learningthis half term. Their hard work was displayed through drama, music (including Birkwood Brass!) and poetry. They were all fantastic – well done!

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Debut Performance 

This Year 3 cornet player has been learning for just over half a term. She has VERY successful footsteps to follow in… Her older brother and sister are both accomplished musicians and she is most definitely making every effort to join them at the top! Here she is playing her first EVER Christmas carol.

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We Have Got Boogie Shoes! 

The Woodpeckers are making excellent progress in their weekly class brass lessons. The children thoroughly enjoy their lessons with Mr. Dodd. He is hoping to invite some of our Year 3s to join up with our Year 6 Birkwood Brass stars before long. Keep up the hard work (in your boogie shoes) Woodpeckers!

 

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Music Man

Here’s one of Birkwood’s pianists performing his new music. It’s hard to believe that he only got this ‘Pirate Piece’ in his lesson TODAY!

 

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Read All About It! 

This week’s Barnsley Chronicle highlights our fantastic partnership with the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band. We are hugely proud of the very talented #TeamDodd!

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Follow Your Dreams

 
It was a golden day! The amazing Birkwood Brass performed at the Grimethorpe Colliery Band Centenary Concert at Elsecar Heritage Centre. We were so proud of our outstanding musicians, playing in front of a specially invited audience including our wonderful families, members of our school community, the Mayor of Barnsley and the writer of Brassed Off.
 
Many thanks to Grimethorpe Colliery Band for their support, encouragement, funding and inspiration over the past five years – they really are true friends.
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 Read All About It!

Birkwood Brass and Mr. Dodd enjoyed a photo shoot this afternoon. The Barnsley Chronicle were very interested to hear all about our performance at Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s Centenary celebrations.
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 Birkwood Brass Performs for the School

Birkwood Brass performed the numbers that they were going to play at the Centenary Concert with Grimethorpe Colliery Band for all children in school. We were all very impressed and know they will do us proud!
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Clever Clarinettists!

Our Clarinettists from Key Stage 1 and 2 are making excellent progress. Well done to all and thank you to the children’s peripatetic teacher from Barnsley Music Hub.

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Fabulous Flautists

Here are two of our flautists in action. Both girls began playing the flute in 2016, as part of the Barnsley Music Hub’s Musical Bridges scheme. You’re sounding great girls!
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They’ve Got the ‘Keys’ to Success! 

Here are four of our 8 keyboard players and pianists in action during their lessons today. All of the children are making excellent progress -keep working hard!
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I am a music man… I come from far away!

 

We can play…  Look what we can play…  We can play instruments.  

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Week Five…

One of our newest musicians received her fifth flute lesson this week. We are delighted with her progress, and proud that she is confident enough to share her learning with classmates.

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