On Monday 25th June 2018, our East Stour School Choir, accompanied by Mrs. Law, Miss White, and Mrs. Hobbs-Coulson, attended the Summer Concert Cats Collaborative Choir at St Mary the Virgin Church in town.
This was the second of hopefully many more concerts. Over the past few months the children have had the opportunity to work with a professional Choir Leader, Josh Cadman from Sing Academy, London. Josh taught the children a range of songs which include a range of vocal techniques, but most importantly the enjoyment of singing and working together.
The CATs Choir consists of children from years 2-6 from seven schools who are part of the CATs collaboration. After the rehearsals came the Grand Performance, and Wow what a performance it was. We have had lots of positive feedback to say just how fantastic our children were, and also how very smart they all looked. You’ll notice from the pictures all of the children, and staff were again sporting “East Stour Choir” tops, kindly supplied by our amazing PTA.
Songs included: Be the change, Race of Life, Malama and You are my brother.
Mrs. Law, remarked on how very proud she was of all of the children, especially our “East Stour Children”, and how they all stood out looking very smart and gave it their best.
On Friday 9th February 2018 our very talented School Choir, along with Miss White, Mrs. Hobbs-Coulson and Mrs. Townsend attended The Highworth Music Day. We were one of 7 other schools to attend and take part. East Stour were the first to get up on the stage and we performed one of our favorite’s from the recent Young Voices Trip, “Africa”. After watching the other schools perform their songs we jointly sang a range of songs including Three little birds, The lion sleeps tonight, Bare necessities.
We then had the delight of watching our very own Ella Darlington from Banjos class help out and play the glockenspiel.
Again this turned out to be another fantastic trip for our School Choir.
On Monday 5th February, 30 very talented and committed members of our school choir went to the O2 to participate in the singing event “Young Voices 2018”. They sang a variety of amazing songs and medleys with actions and dancing. The children formed part of a choir that was just under 9000 voices strong, they sang along with Natalie Williams, who is one of the UK’s most endearing and popular soul/jazz singer songwriters and Alfie Sheard who at just 16 years of age is already a very talented acoustic guitar player and singer. We also enjoyed the dancing from Urban Strides, they are Street Dance Specialists, who are known for their motivational and dynamic approach. All of the children had a fantastic time and behaved brilliantly, they all showed mature and sensible attitudes in an extremely daunting and busy environment. Although very tired after the event they all walked very sensibly and safely through what was can only be described as an ocean of bustling humanity to the safety of our waiting coach. Thank you to the members of the choir that performed, to the parents & families for being so supportive, to Miss White, Mrs. Hobbs-Coulson and Mrs. Vincent for teaching the choir the songs, and to Mrs. Law and Mrs. Lilley for coming along to support too.
On Wednesday 13th December the school Choir visited Sevington Mill Care Home where they sang a selection of Christmas songs to the residents, accompanied by Miss White on her guitar.
Despite the rainy walk there and back everybody had a great time, the children were well behaved and sang beautifully. Mrs. Law , Mrs. H-C and Mrs. Oliver also accompanied the children and a special thanks goes to our lovely PTA Mrs. Townsend who also popped along to support.
After singing and enjoying squash and biscuits the children and residents enjoyed spending time together and chatting with each other. A very rewarding morning indeed.
On the evening of Thursday 14th December our School Choir were invited to sing the opening hymn at St Mary’s Church, this was as a special surprise for the Ladies of Willesborough Women’s Institute at their Annual Christmas Service.
The choir sang “Away in a Manger” supported by Mrs. Hobbs-Coulson and Miss White playing her guitar. Mrs. Law and Miss Newton also attended and commented on just how lovely the choir sang.
Moira from the WI very kindly provided little pots of sweets for the children.
Special thanks go to our School Choir who attended as it was a very busy day for them, having already walked to town and back for the Demelza Choir Day earlier in the afternoon.