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re:  Alban Arena 2019 -  Mon 25th, Tues 26th and Wed 27th at 7pm - 8.15pm - Final arrangements

 

Dear Parents,

Organisers of the Alban Arena Music Festival have sent out the final reminders for the concert night(s) which I am detailing below:  

The Orchestra and Recorder players are asked to play on all three nights and not only on Monday 25th when our school is singing.  This maintains a balanced orchestra and recorder ensemble.  These children may go home as soon as they have played.  It is crucial that your child knows whether he or she is being collected after the orchestra performance at around 7.15pm, after the recorders performance at 7.30pm, or at the end of the concert at 8.15pm.  Those children staying for the rest of the concert after playing in the orchestra or recorders must sit at the side of the Arena where they have been instructed to sit.  NO CHILD IS ALLOWED TO FIND THEIR PARENTS AND SIT WITH THEM.

The Orchestra should arrive at the Arena at 6.30pm when the Stage Door will be open to admit them.  They will then go to the dressing rooms first to assemble their instruments and then on to the stage to tune up.

Choir and Recorder players who are NOT in the orchestra should be lined up outside the Arena in the pedestrian area by 6.50pm where Mrs. Kilpatrick and Mrs. Erlandsen will be waiting for them.  These children must leave all their belongings not needed for the concert with their parents as they will go directly on to the stage.  There is no facility for toilets at this point so please ensure your child has gone to the toilet before leaving home.  They must not bring water bottles with them for the performance.  

Finally all the children performing will be issued with a T-shirt for the performance.  They must all arrive at the Arena in this T-shirt together with black trousers or leggings with soft soled black shoes.  I will hand these T-shirts out to the children later this week.

Soloists and Readers.  If your child has been asked to be one of the soloists or readers for the performance, please ensure that the soloists have learnt the lyrics accurately from memory and readers have practised reading their lines so that they are confident on the night. 

All Choir singers MUST know the words to all the songs from memory as they will not be allowed word sheets on stage.

FINALLY, if any more parents are able to help with transporting members of the orchestra or recorder ensemble to and from rehearsals or with walking the choir to and from Wheatfields School this Thursday afternoon and to the Arena on Monday afternoon, please let me know.  Full details of rehearsal days and times are on the previous letter sent to you and also in a copy of that letter which is set out below on this Music Blog. 

I believe this covers everything, but if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you have been unable to secure tickets to the Monday night performance please let me know as I may be able to obtain one or two extra tickets for you.

We look forward to seeing you at the performance.

Denise Erlandsen

Music Teacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

ST. ALBANS PRIMARY SCHOOLS' MUSIC FESTIVAL MONDAY 25TH MARCH 2019

 

We are pleased to inform you that the annual St. Albans Primary Schools' Music Festival is to take place at the Alban Arena on Monday 25th March 2019 at 7pm. We have been allocated 30 choir places which are currently being offered to members of the school choir only. We will shortly receive the music for the choir, orchestra and recorder group and are about to begin preparing for this concert. The theme for this year's performance is 'Rainforest'. Tickets to attend the concert can only be purchased directly from the Alban Arena box office and we strongly recommend that you book early as these performances become very booked up. We now need to finalise the names of those pupils who will be taking part and we would be very grateful if you could complete and return the attached form to me as soon as possible.

 

Choir: Choir rehearsals are to take place at Wheatfields School from 9.20am to 11.45am on Tuesday 5th March and during the afternoon of Thursday 21st March, (12.45-15.00) with a final rehearsal from 1-3pm (arrive by no later than 12.45) at the Alban Arena on the day of the concert, Monday 25th March. The children will be walking, accompanied by staff, to and from all these rehearsals and we would be very grateful if any parents can assist us by walking with the children on one or more of these occasions. The children should arrive at school by no later than 8.45 am for the Wheatfields morning rehearsal so that we can leave promptly just before 9am. The children should arrive back at school in time for their normal lunch following this rehearsal. We will leave school for the afternoon rehearsal on the 21st March by no later than 12.15 and should return to school at approximately 3.30pm, but please be aware that as we are walking back we may be a little later. Children should bring a packed lunch to school that day so that they may eat early before we set off for Wheatfields. The final rehearsal at the Alban Arena also takes place early in the afternoon so again children should bring a packed lunch to school on Monday 25th March as we must leave school by 12.15 to walk there. The Alban Arena rehearsal is scheduled to finish at 3.00pm and although we hope to return to school punctually by the end of the school day, it is possible that we may be a few minutes late arriving back at school.

 

Orchestra: If any members of the School Orchestra or children who are learning an orchestral instrument out of school (who have passed Grade 1 or above on their instrument), are interested in performing at this concert please also complete the form below. Rehearsals for the orchestra are at Townsend Secondary School on Friday 22nd March between 9.30 – 12.30 (please do not arrive before 9.20) and on Monday 25th March at the Alban Arena from 11.15 – 12.30 (arrive between 11.00 and 11.15 please). It is hoped that most of the children playing in the orchestra will attend all three evening concerts at the Alban Arena on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March. Please ensure that all instruments, bows and cases are named. We would be very grateful to hear from any parents who are able to assist with transporting children and their instruments to and from the rehearsals.

 

Recorders: If any children who have been playing the recorder with Mrs. Pevy would like to perform with other school groups at this Festival, rehearsals for the Recorder Group will be held at Abbey School on Friday 22nd March from 1.30-2.30pm (please arrive between 1.10 and 1.25) and on Monday 25th March at the Alban Arena from 12.30-1pm (please arrive before 12.15). Once again we would appreciate any parents who could assist us in taking the children to and from these rehearsals.

 

Dress for the evening performance: SAPSMA T-shirts (which will be provided for your child) and plain black trousers or leggings. Dark soft soled shoes such as plimsoles or jazz shoes should be worn by all the choir members who will be singing on the stage. No bare legs please.

 

Arrival and collection of children at the Alban Arena on the concert night: For the evening performance members of the orchestra should arrive at the stage door of the Alban Arena at 6.30pm. Recorder players and singers should arrive outside the Arena promptly at 6.45pm where Mrs. Kilpatrick and myself will be waiting for them. There is no facility for choir and recorders to store coats and bags, so these should be left with parents. At the end of the concert parents will be told where to meet their children.

 

Ticket Sales: Tickets for the Alban Arena Festival will go on sale shortly from the Box Office and often sell out fast. Please return the reply slip as soon as possible to ensure your child's place in this concert in order that you can then purchase tickets early once their place is confirmed.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Alban Arena for what we are sure will be a wonderful evening.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Denise Erlandsen

Music Teacher

 

 

 

 

My son/daughter.................................................................. would like to take part as a Choir member in the concert at the Alban Arena on Monday 25th March 2019 at 7pm and will be able to attend the rehearsals at Wheatfields School on both Tuesday 5th March (morning) and Thursday 21st March (afternoon) and at the Alban Arena rehearsal on Monday 25th March from 1-3pm.

 

I am able to walk with the children to and/or from these rehearsals as detailed below:

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Signed.........................................................

 

 

 

My son/daughter................................................................... would like to take part as a member of the Orchestra in the evening concerts at the Alban Arena on Mon 25th March 2019( ) (please tick), Tues 26th March( ) and Wed 27th March ( ), and will arrive no later than 6.30pm on those days. I give permission for him/her to attend rehearsals on Friday 22nd March from 9-12 noon at Townsend Secondary School, and on Monday 25th March from 11.15 -12.30 at the Alban Arena.

 

I am able to assist with transport to and/or from these rehearsals as detailed below:

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Signed..........................................................

 

 

 

My son/daughter................................................................... would like to take part as a member of the Recorder Group in the evening concert at the Alban Arena on Monday 25th March 2019 ( ) (please tick), Tuesday 26th March ( ) and Wed 27th March ( ). I give permission for him/her to attend rehearsals on Friday 22nd March from 1.15-2.15 pm at Abbey School, and on Monday 25th March from 12.30 -1pm at the Alban Arena.

 

I am able to assist with transport to and/or from these rehearsals as detailed below:

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Signed...........................................................

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

St. Albans Cathedral Choir recruiting for boy choristers

 

St. Albans Cathedral Choir is currently looking to recruit new boy choristers from school who are in years 3, 4 and 5. They are looking for enthusiastic singers with a clear voice and with potential to develop that voice further.  Membership of the choir does require quite a commitment, especially at weekends and at Christmas and Easter. They also have a companion girls choir for girls of a similar age range. The reward for children is the enjoyment and self-esteem that singing to an acknowledged high level brings, being part of a small team of like-minded children and a free musical education to a professional standard.  The choristers form strong friendships, bond as a team and also have fun social events including singing on an international tour once every two years as well as on national TV and radio from time to time.

 

More information about this can be found at https://wwwstalbanscathedral.org/music/cathedralchoir/.

Any interested parents wishing to obtain more information should email the Cathedral music department secretary, Lizzie Smyth, at lizzie.smyth@stalbanscathedral.org or ring 01727 890245 (Mon-Fri, 9-5). Application is by vocal audition.

 

re: Choir - Tuesday 11th December

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is to confirm that there is choir tomorrow as usual, but this will be the last session before Christmas. Choir will re-start on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

With best wishes,

Denise Erlandsen

Years 3 & 4 Christmas Concerts 4th December at 2pm and 7pm

Our Christmas carol concerts yesterday were a great success due to the hard work and enthusiasm of all the children.  A huge thank you to everyone in years 3 and 4 for making it a magical day and for wonderful performances by everyone.  You all behaved so perfectly throughout the day and evening and we are all really proud of you!  Well done.

 

Mrs. Erlandsen

Year 6 Leavers Concert - Wednesday 18th July 2018 - 'BHJS Circus Wonderland'

This message is for ALL children in year 6.  I just wanted to write to say that you were all absolutely amazing in this year's summer concert.  I am so, so proud of each and every one of you.  You performed brilliantly, you were well behaved and made both the morning and evening performances fun and enjoyable to watch.  You were also professional in the way you coped with small hitches and were a pleasure to direct yesterday.  I know it was hard work, that we had few rehearsals, and  had to fit so much into the short time we had, but you all shone like the most beautiful stars and I am immensely proud of each and every one of you.  I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to watch this performance grow as we prepared over the last two months.  Thank you all.  I will miss you.  By the way, watch this space as lots of photos are on the way!

 

Mrs. Erlandsen

Dear Parents,

 

School Fair - Sunday 20th May 2018

 

Members of the school choir will be singing at the School Fair, outside the music room, weather permitting, on Sunday at 12.15 for approximately 15 minutes.  Please do come and listen to them perform - and if your child is a member of the choir, please encourage them to take part in what will be a very informal and enjoyable event.

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Denise Erlandsen

Music Teacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is to let you all know that there will be NO CHOIR next Tuesday 27th March.  The children have all worked so hard this term and everyone performed brilliantly in both the Royal Albert Hall Gala and Alban Arena Music Festival.  Choir will return as usual after school on Tuesdays next term. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Easter.

Denise Erlandsen

Alban Arena March 19th 2018 - Well done everyone - a great performance!

THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL GALA CONCERT held on Sunday March 11th 2018 was a great success!  The children behaved impeccably and performed with enthusiasm throughout the evening.  Everyone worked so hard, rehearsing during break and lunchtimes, so a huge thank you to all the children who took part this year.  You were amazing!  Take a look below at the pictures taken a few minutes before the concert began.

Royal Albert Hall 2018

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