The children at Hermitage Primary School are given a range of musical experiences during the seven years they are with us.
Singing is an important part of school life and the children in both key stages meet once a week to sing together, as well as in whole school assemblies.
Look out for photos - coming soon!
We also have choirs in the infants and juniors, the Junior Choir represent our school many times throughout the year at community events, including performing with 5000 other children at the MEN Arena as part of Young Voices and at the Cheshire Show - see the photos and more details below.
Throughout the school the children's musical skills are developed, they are encouraged to lead and play as part of a group, right from the beginning -
Being the conductor Group performance
Clapping rhythms Whole class recorder playing
A number of years ago Hermitage embarked on a pilot scheme run by Cheshire, known as Wider Opportunities. Every child in Year 5 was given the opportunity to choose a musical instrument at the beginning of the year, they would then have ownership of it for a year. Each week the children would play and learn together. This proved to be so successful we bought another set of instruments, making the scheme a two year programme. Over this time a majority of the children make great progress, both individually and playing as part of a group. Some go on to continue with their musical tuition in secondary school.
Year 5 Windband
The teaching is delivered by two teachers, the brass tutor is Mrs Wolski from The Love Music Trust (formerly Cheshire East Music Service) and Miss Whittingham, the year 6 class teacher who is responsible for the woodwind section. The Year 6 children play at some local events, including the Cheshire Show and performing with the Hallé Orchestra (with 1000 other children).
Year 6 Windband performing at the Cheshire Show
It is a very exciting way to implement the music curriculum at this stage, the children learn how to read and play music, follow a conductor and perform together. The project has been made possible thanks to the support of the Hermitage PTA
Here are just some of the many positive comments the children have said about the initiative:
“It’s great and a really fun way to learn music.”
“It’s great to have the opportunity to play a musical instrument.”
“I’m really enjoying it.”
Exciting times - getting ready to play with the HALLÉ ORCHESTRA at the Bridgewater Hall
Year 4 Recorder Group, busy practising for their first performance at the Carol Concert.
In January most of the KS2 Choir took part in The Young Voices concert at the MEN Arena, with 8000 children! It was a fabulous experience for everyone involved. we even had the chance toperform with the African Children's Choir - FANTASTIC!
The KS2 Choir sang for Holmes Chapel Mothers Union in December - this is something we enjoy every year and we have been booked for next year already!Leading up to Christmas the choir also performed in the village, as part of the Rotary Club Christmas Celebrations, as well as taking part in the KS2 Christmas Carol Concert.
Key Stage 1 Choir, preparing for the Nativity
Singing at the Holmes Chapel Christmas Market with Emily and Bella performing
on the flute and keyboard.
Singing at the Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Appeal
Young Voices at the MEN Arena
Other music at Hermitage
We are very lucky to have peripatetic music teachers at Hermitage, offering a range of instrumental tuition.
Current instrumental lessons include:
guitar, flute, piano, keyboard, recorder, trumpet, cornet, violin.
The children who have lessons are given opportunities to and are encouraged to perform for others, at the annual Spring Concert for example.
Dates for your diary:
Sunday 2nd December Singing at Holmes Chapel Christmas Market - 4:30
Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th December KS1 Nativity
Wednesday 12th December Singing for the Mothers Union - 1:30 - 2:30
Saturday 15th December Singing in the precinct - 10:00
Tuesday 18th December KS2 Christmas Concert - choir and windband
Wednesday 16th January Young Voices @ the MEN
Sunday 27th January Education Sunday
Tuesday 26th March 2013 Spring Concert
Sunday 5th May 2013 Holmes Chapel Village Fair
June 2013 The Cheshire Show
27th June 2013 Playing with the Hallé Orchestra
July 2013 The KS2 Show