Music education is taken very seriously at South Camberley and is well supported by teachers, pupils and parents. We are lucky enough to have a specialist music teacher for every class in the junior campus and across many infant classes too. All pupils will experience music from other periods in time and cultures, will learn to sing exciting and fun songs and will be taught how to read simple musical notation in the hope that they will develop a love and appreciation of music generally. March 22nd 2017 is National SingUp Day and we will be taking part in some fun competitions and singing opportunities.
Children can learn to play the recorder from Year 2 and this continues into juniors. We currently have two recorder clubs running at Redwood campus – beginners and intermediates.
We also provide keyboard and violin lessons completely FREE OF CHARGE!
Our amazing choir has approximately 80 members ranging from Y3 up to Y6, boys and girls. We try to choose a variety of songs to suit everybody’s taste and each year we perform in either a local or national music festival. We also perform our pieces regularly to the school and parents, and for members of the wider community.
Surrey Arts tutors come to Redwood campus every week to teach an even wider range of instruments: Mr Walker teaches trumpet, Miss Hadingham teaches clarinet and Mr Harrison teaches guitar. If you are interested in any of the above, please contact the school office for further details or contact Surrey Arts directly.
And finally, this term (Autumn 2016) Year 3 pupils are being treated to an exciting adventure into the world of ukulele playing! Every child is being provided with the chance to learn a few simple chords and, as with all of the above, the pupils are encouraged to practice regularly at home in order to make good progress.
Choir Singing Success
Once again Redwood choir performed outstandingly at the school Summer Fete on Saturday 9th July. The enthusiasm with which they sang created a wonderful feeling of pride which we all felt. This year the choir's numbers have exceeded 70 and look to grow again in September. We are immensely proud of all the children who have shown commitment and dedication to the choir this year and we are looking forward to another exciting year.
Redwood Campus Orchestra
Our fabulous school orchestra made up of pupils from years 3-6 took part in wonderful day of musical excellence on Monday 11th July at Collingwood College. 15 pupils, and their instruments, including recorders (pretending to be flutes), keyboards, clarinets, trumpets, violins and percussion participated in a BBC Ten Pieces orchestral day organised by Surrey Arts. They played Mars from Gustav Holst's Planet Suite and In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg and the quality of playing was outstanding. Our school had the largest number of pupils from one school out of all the schools who attended, and that's without taking some of our other very talented musicians. They will have to wait until next time! Thank you to all the parents who came along and supported the performance at the end of the day.
Trumpet and Clarinet Excellence
This year, four of our students have taken graded exams externally, and all four have passed with flying colours. From Year 5, Ellie passed grade 1 trumpet with distinction and Leon passed with merit. From Year 6, Sam passed grade 2 clarinet with distinction and Ryndelle with merit. We are proud that so many of our pupils show huge dedication and commitment to their instrument tuition and we're pleased when we hear that they have continued to grow and develop as musicians when they move to secondary school.
South Camberley’s Choir Great Adventure!
On Wednesday 2nd March 65 children and 7 members of staff travelled to Wembley Arena for the Voice in a Million Concert. We had the best time ever. We left school at lunchtime wearing our snazzy yellow choir t-shirts and arrived at Wembley in time to rehearse with thousands of children from all over the country.
Our beautiful banner sparkled throughout the day and well into the night…it was exhausting for everybody involved but the atmosphere and supportive audience kept us going. Guest appearances from Destiny Africa and Britain’s Got Talent stars ‘Bars and Melody’ were our particular favourites but there were lots and lots of inspirational performances.
Please enjoy looking at our photographs. Check out our funky VIAM t-shirts which we will keep forever as reminders of this wonderful event.
Quotes from parents:
"It was a great night last night the children were all brilliant."
"Well done to you all and thank you for creating the opportunity for our children to be involved in such a positive experience."
"I had to write to say a huge thank you for organising such a wonderful experience for the children yesterday."
I had a fab evening and thought the children were brilliant. (Mrs Summers)