Music Videos

20th December 2017

5S The Pharaoh Symphony

In this piece, 5S tried to recreate the grandeur of the pharaohs. Using instruments and scales based on archaeological evidence of ancient Egyptian music they created a dramatic structure that builds up to a sudden silence before continuing and fading out. Brass, plucked string instruments, recorders and percussion created an exciting texture.
20th December 2017

5M Egyptian Coronation

This piece builds on a dance like ostinato pattern. We used the words, ‘This is ostinato’ to help remember this ‘dotted’ rhythm. The music builds up as we imagine the royalty approaching.  When the Pharaoh arrives the trumpets and cymbals blast a fanfare to the rhythm of ‘Here comes the King!’ The piece ends dramatically [...]
20th December 2017

5EK Requiem de guerre

5EK created music that conjures up the excitement and drama of an ancient Egyptian army in battle. The piece opens by setting the mood before the battle with an ostinato pattern on the ukuleles. The strong rhythms give courage to the soldiers. The main melody comes in on the recorders using the dorian mode and [...]
20th December 2017

5ED Entertainment for the Pharaoh

This is music for dancing. It begins with a plucked string ostinato pattern before a percussion dance rhythm enters on cymbals, tambourines and bells. The main melody then comes in. This is divided between the wind section and ukuleles. The recorders play a ‘question’ phrase and the ukuleles play the ‘answer’.  Then a new syncopated [...]
20th December 2017

4B Christmas All Around the World

When 4B started to discuss their ideas about Christmas many of the children mentioned ways they have celebrated Christmas in different countries. Albania, Poland, Jamaica and India were some of the countries that were mentioned. So they decided to make a song about this. Each verse of the song deals with a different tradition from [...]
20th December 2017

4K It’s the Best Day of the Year

4K were full of great Christmas ideas and their song really reflects the joy and excitement of Christmas. The song is quite complex as it has a real change of mood for the more reflective section on the words,’ Next Christmas we’ll have lots of fun’. Their performance is full of vitality and reflects the [...]
20th December 2017

4E Christmas is Coming

4E’s song is all about the anticipation of Christmas. The words, ‘Christmas is coming’ became the basis for the composition. They decided to use an echo effect on these words by dividing the singing into two groups. This technique really brought sparkle to the song. There were many instrumentalists wanting to play in this class [...]
18th October 2017

5S Harvest Festival Composition – The Story

When talking about harvest 5S began to discuss all the things that could go wrong with a farmers harvest and the importance of the decision as to when to bring the crops in. The song developed into a story type of song. Each chorus is all about the farmer making his decision and the in [...]
18th October 2017

5M Harvest Festival Composition – Harvest Has Begun

This song contrasts the excitement of harvesting all the fruits and nice things in Autumn in the verses with the sadness of leaving the summer behind in the chorus. The line, ’All those conkers are making me bonkers!’ provides a link between the two sections. The melody lines that the class came up with seem [...]