Chilli Got Soul 2018

11th June 2018
'Chilli Got Soul' music week began with a classical masterclass from the North Wind Quartet.
 
The whole school, from Playgroup to Year 6 were served up a beautiful selection of music from Brahms' Hungarian dance to Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf; we even had little bit of Harry Potter courtesy of John Williams. 
 
A Huge thanks to the Quartet for their memorable contribution. We'll be publishing feedback from the children in due course.
 
Paul Fletcher, our wonderful steel pans teacher, has managed to obtain a Javenese Gamelan from Durham university. So what is a gamelan? It's a large array of tuned gongs (some hanging from stands and others laid out on frames), glockenspiel-type instruments of varying shapes and sizes, and drums. The traditional Javanese music played on these instruments is both highly appealing – a many-layered wash of hypnotic reverberating sounds – and extremely challenging, being based on complex principles quite different from those of the Western Art tradition.
 
Year 3 and Year 4 were transfixed as they collaborated in their workshop to produce some incredible sounds.
 
Thanks to Paul for sorting this for us. 
 
Tomorrow, we have Ken Masters laying down some beats and sharing his poetry as well as Susan Sinclair singing in Reception and a Steel Pans family workshop.