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.
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.
This song is all about the hard work needed to get the crops in. There are many good rhymes including, ’It’s so back breaking but we’ve got to do some raking’. The energy and fast tempo of the song reflects the need for fast and hard work.
5Ed came up with a very evocative image of a, ‘Combine harvester, working through the night’. This image of the lonely machine ploughing on seemed to suggest a minor key and the class quickly came up with a very suitable and memorable melody for these words.
All Year 4 pupils enjoy a weekly drumming lesson for 2 terms. These enable the pupils to have fun and to experience the thrill of making music together in a group. Regular drumming also builds muscle strength and also helps stamina and agility.
This is a performance of ‘Mars’ from Holst’s ‘The Planets’. Our orchestra combines with the Woodford County High School orchestra in this very polishes performance of the difficult piece. Katie Hasler, the head of music at Wood ford County High School conducts in the tricky time signature of 5/4.
‘I’ll Tell You a Story’ is a piece written by Mr Mitchell for the orchestra. It uses Cuban style rhythms and the orchestra do very well to keep the rhythms tight and accurate. The brass section in particular give the performance authentic Cuban feel.
The Woodford County High School orchestra give a rousing performance of ‘The Dambuster’s March’ by Eric Coates.
The Churchfields Orchestra perform ‘Slow Train’ by Mr Mitchell. The middle section features improvised solos from some of the orchestra’s musicians.
The Woodford County High School orchestra play the ‘Radetzky March’ by Johann Strauss.
The Churchfields Orchestra perform ’Quiet I’m Thinking’ by Mr Mitchell.
The Churchfields Orchestra join forces with the Woodford County High Orchestra to play an exciting version of Grieg’s,’In the Hall of the Mountain King’. The pieces gradually build up to a thrilling climax as the dynamics and tempo increase.