Music We Listen To
Each week children listen to a piece of music as they enter and leave collective worship. We aim to to a wide range of genres, eras and cultures represented as well as linking to the seasons and significant events.
W/C 28th Nov
This week as Christians start advent, I thought I would choose a piano and cello version of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. A traditional Christmas carol. The Emmanuel of the title refers to the Hebrew ‘Immanuel’ which appears in the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament as a sign of God’s protection, whereas in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament the name Emmanuel refers specifically to Jesus Christ.
For Christians, advent is a time of preparation and contemplation for celebrating the birth of Jesus. I wonder if you have heard the original hymn and which version you prefer?
W/C 21st Nov
This week we are listening to Benjamin Britten's 'Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.' This piece was written to showcase all the different instruments which make up an orchestra and is based on the Rondeau from Henry Purcell's incidental music. Can you name any of the instruments? Have you got a favourite instrument?
W/C 14th Nov
This week is anti-bullying week so I thought it would be good to listen to the official song for 2022, whilst we wear our odd socks! The song is a good reminder that we must 'reach' out if we think that bullying is happening to us or someone else. Bullying is never ok.
W/C 7th Nov
We'll Meet Again 1939 - Dame Vera Lynn
This week we are starting to think about Remembrance Day which is marked at 11am on 11th Nov and about Remembrance Sunday which this year takes place on 13th Nov. During WWI and WWII music played an important role in lifting morale for people both at home and away fighting. Dame Vera Lynn was a very popular musician who recorded songs during this era and even went and performed for soldiers based around the world. As you listen to this piece of music try and imagine how people who were listening to it at the time were feeling, how do you feel listening to it?
W/C 31st Oct
This week we are thinking about firworks in preparation for Bonfire Night on 5th Nov.
So what could be more fitting that George Frideric Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks (1749)
Handel was born 23rdFeb 1685 in Halle, Brandenberg - Germany and died on 14th April 1759. He was a German born English composer who composed many pieces for orchestras. He wrote the most famous oritorio Messiah (1741) and is also known for the pieces Water Music (1717) and Music for the Royal Firework (1749.)
Handel travelled around Europe, but for most of his life he lived in England. In 1727 he became a Britich Subject which enablled him to be appointed a compser of the Chapel Royal.
When you listen to the music, does it make you think of fireworks? Have you heard this piece played before?
W/C 17th Oct
This week we are listening to Florence Price - Symphony No.1 in E minor.
October is Black History Month. As an Africa-American women Florence combined the traditions of classical music with the sound of spirtuals and West African rhythms and dance from her own culture.
In 1933 she overcame prejudice to become the first black female composer to have her work performed by a major orchestra. Have you ever heard of anyone overcoming prejudice?
W/C 10th Oct 2022
This week we are listening to a piece by the modern day composer Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea, Jasha Klebe - and is from the BBC series Planet Earth II Suite Official Soundtrack. This piece is inspired by the beauty of the world around us and is called 'Earth'. As our focus for this half term is 'Thankfulness' try and reflect on something incredible that you have seen in nature. Perhaps the changing colours on the trees...
What other awe and wonder does nature bring?