There’s not many better opportunities in Year 5 and 6 than singing with a live link to the amazing Manhattan School of Music! The Upper School Choir were absolutely outstanding.
The Lower School Choir were a little nervous about singing to their old teachers, but they were determined to show their ability. A few pupils sang solos so beautifully and more importantly with confidence. Their old teachers and infant children were very impressed.
The Upper School Choir were invited to perform at Churchfields Infants’ School. They behaved impeccably throughout and looked as smart as ever. Their singing was incredible and they were very confident when they sang “Heroes.”
The main ‘hook’ of this song came from the natural rhythm of a list of harvest crops (wheat, corn , radish, potato).
This song has balanced phrases in both verse and chorus where the answering phrase keeps the same lyric. In the verse the answering phrase is ‘Because it’s autumn’ and in the chorus it is, ‘It’s harvest’.
The main idea for the chorus of this song came from the half-rhyme ‘Grow wheat, row, and reap’. This rhyme seemed to suit a syncopated and swung rhythm. This gave the song a jazzy feel. We also used this rhyme for our instrumental introduction.
The verse of this song came from the lyrics, ’In autumn, we gather the crops’. The rest after ‘autumn’ and a natural swung rhythm really set the feel of this song. The immortal lines, ‘All the crops in summer are making winter funner’ set the whole tone for the chorus as they seemed to immediately suggest a strong chromatic melodic idea to the class.