End of Term News- Music- Junior School

It’s been a fun packed and noisy term for the musicians of the Junior School. Things got off to an exciting start when choirs, brass group and various instrumental soloists took centre stage in the early part of the evening at Woodfest. This was swiftly followed by auditions for Akeley’s Got Talent where staff were treated to a wide variety of acts and had a difficult choice deciding who would represent the Junior School in the final. In the end, Isabella played her violin beautifully, Amelia entertained us with a story told in dance, Joel and Dusan drummed themselves into the final and Holly  won the overall prize for the Junior School with some fantastic expressive ballet.

Year 4 have all been blowing their own trumpets – quite literally as they have all had the opportunity to learn the trumpet in their Music lessons this term. Parents were treated to a concert showcasing their abilities and showing just how much progress they had made in 8 weeks – and even Mrs Page was persuaded to have a go… and got a fantastic note out of a Sousaphone! We hope that this learning opportunity will inspire a number of the children to go on to learn a brass instrument and start a hobby which will hopefully last a lifetime.

It’s been a new era for Music Clubs at Wicken too. Whilst Junior Choir is preparing to take part in Young Voices in January, Boys’ Choir and Girls Chamber Choir have also been rehearsing hard and will be taking part in the Year 5/6 Carol Service at the end of term. We have also established a new String Group for our enthusiastic group of violinists and cellists, a Concert Band for brass and woodwind players and a Salsa Group for our budding percussionists. My thanks go to our wonderful peripatetic team of teachers who inspire the children to learn their instruments and particularly to Mrs Shirely, Mr Nevin and Mr Ambrose for their help in running our new ensembles – all of which will be performing in our end of term Carol Service.

Girls’ Chamber Choir gave a lovely performance at the FAWS Christmas Fayre, helping to get all those shopping into the true Christmas spirit. Wicken has not been short of Christmas Spirit however, as all the children have worked very hard preparing for their Christmas concerts and productions: the Nursery children for their performance, Reception and Years 1 and 2 for their Nativity Play, Years 3 and 4 for their Christingle Service and Years 5 and 6 for their Carol service.

What a busy time it has been – well done to all the children. Have a good rest and let’s see what next term brings!

Mrs Jenny Morgan

Head of Music

Akeley Wood Junior School