Flute Workshops and Concert
Last week 19 of our young flute players from years 4, 6 and 8 spent 2 intensive days working with 2 professional flautists from the UK. Lis Dooner and Sarah Newbold are both orchestral performers who also teach at the Scottish Conservatoire, Glasgow and the Guildhall School of Music, London. The workshops were highly varied and together the flautists explored creative work, movement, ensemble and performance. Some of the highlights for the children were creating their own bird sound pieces based on actual birdsong, learning more about caring for their flutes and performing together in their concert.
The 19 student flautists involved have already had the chance to feed back to their classes and share what they have learnt so that all our St. Andrews flute players may benefit from the work done last week.
In the concert the flute players performed alongside our reception children and supported them in their bird themed music making. Lis and Sarah were both very impressed with the performance skills, focus and commitment of our students.
Kathryn Andersen, Juilliard Curriculum Specialist
Last week we welcomed Kathryn Andersen, our Juilliard Curriculum Specialist, to school for the final time this year. She worked closely with several classes exploring the 12 Core Works, developing composition and listening skills. She also spent time coaching the String Ensemble and the Windband and inspiring our young musicians. It was, as always, a pleasure to have her working in school and we look forward to more visits from Kathryn and the Juilliard visiting artists next year.
Composer of Today - Juilliard Webinar with Sean Shepherd
Last Friday morning 12 students from year 6 had the amazing opportunity of meeting and talking to Sean Shepherd. Mr Shepherd is one of Juilliard’s most prestigious Composers and has written several different types of pieces for different ensembles.
It was a brilliant opportunity for students to ask questions about being a composer and how he finds his inspiration.
A massive thank you to Juilliard for organising the event and to the year 6's that were chosen for their excellent questions.
YEAR 4 CONCERT
Tuesday 9th May
4:00 p.m. in the Drama Studio
We are writing to let you know about our forthcoming concert. It will feature brass, strings and woodwind classes from Year 4.
We would like to invite you to come along and support your child and the year group in general.
The concert will take place in the Drama Studio at 4:00. All the children taking part should stay in school at 2.30 for a warm up and seating rehearsal. Snacks will be provided.
If your child usually returns home on a school bus please can you arrange alternative transport for them on the day as no school buses will be available after the concert.
We look forward to seeing you there.