Monday 11th June, 2018
We have had a really busy few months of music at Ballacottier! In March just before Easter, we had the Manx Folk Awards. The infant choir and year 5/6 choir pupils both performed really well and the year 5/6 pupils were delighted to win their class, against stiff opposition. Then in April, we had the Manx Music Festival. We performed in lots of different classes throughout the week and achieved some excellent results. The folk group won their music making class, against two other groups from our school. It was a lovely morning, almost like our own school concert in the Villa Royal Hall. The girls choir came joint second in their class. The infant choir also came joint second in their own class and got the biggest cheer when they finished performing their action song on the final morning of the festival! The junior choir won their class, competing against 9 other choirs. They also received the highest mark out of the four junior choir classes, meaning they were awarded the Vancouver Shield. This is a fantastic achievement and a just reward for their hard work. The final success was in the action song class, where the junior group placed first, performing the Rhythm of Life. It was a brilliant performance that received lots of praise. The choir are now hard at work rehearsing for the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, which they will be travelling to in a few weeks' time. Have a listen to their work in progress below - this was recorded in TT practice week, so the year 6s are not present. It was their first real go of trying to sort the ending :)
Wednesday 25th October, 2017
Here is a recording of the school folk group. We set the group up again in September, after a break of a couple of years. The group consists of 10 year 5 and 6 pupils and consists of violins, tin whistles, flute, piano, harp, guitar and button accordion. Half the group are learning a completely new instrument! This recording is the tune for the Hop tu Nad dance that all pupils have been learning in school this week. This Soundcloud page is the official school Soundcloud page where you will hear recordings of the samba group, choir, folk group, ukulele group and keyboard group.
Wednesday 11th October, 2017
The school choir are busy preparing for their performance at the Collabro concert in the Villa on Saturday night! They will be singing 3 songs at the beginning of the concert with some brave year six solos, as well as soloist Alexandra Slater. In the second half of the concert, they will be performing two songs with Collabro. This is a very exciting concert for the choir and they have worked really hard for it. Meanwhile, in school, the extra curricular groups are now up and running. The school folk group have been busy learning Manx tunes and some pupils have started to learn a completely new instrument. The group is made up mostly of year 6s, with some year 5s. Rosie is busy learning the button accordion and Beatrice has started to learn her way around the harp!
One of our other new groups is the samba band. This group is mainly made up of year 5s, which one or two pupils from younger year groups. Today we worked on going from the Q&A section to the main groove section. Josh was the leader today (on an instrument called the repinique), but we usually swap around the instruments within the session.