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Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the music room!  This is my first posting on this new site and I would firstly like to thank all those parents who came to our Harvest assembly last Thursday afternoon.  It was wonderful to see so many of you joining in a few of the songs with the children.  All the pupils sang beautifully at the assembly and the year 6 readers, Oscar, Evie and Ruby, read out loudly and clearly.


I will shortly be posting information here about our Christmas Carol Concert which is taking place at St. Saviour's Church in Sandpit Lane on Tuesday 5th December and as usual there will be an afternoon and evening performance.  This concert includes readings, instrumental music and singing by children from years 3 and 4, although older members of the choir may also take part, so long as the numbers permitted in the church are not exceeded. 


Senior members of the choir will be invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday 11th March 2018.  As many schools in Hertfordshire take part in this exciting gala each school is limited to taking 20 pupils.  Children in the school choir in years 5 and 6 are given priority for this performance and I will be sending out letters with full details of the performance to children who are eligible to take part as soon as I receive confirmation of our participation from the organisers of the event. As this concert is extremely popular please complete the application form as soon as you receive it to ensure your child's place.  Please also note that any child offered a place must be willing to learn all the lyrics from memory as no word sheets are allowed at the performance.


Also later in March (date to be confirmed) up to 35 members of the school choir, members of the school orchestra who have reached the required standard, and Mrs. Pevy's recorder group will be offered a chance to perform in the St. Albans Primary Schools Music Festival which is held annually at the Alban Arena in St. Albans.  There is no age limit for this and all the children in the school choir will be sent a letter offering them the opportunity to take part in due course.  However, places will be offered on a first come, first served basis and as this is again a very popular event, please reply to the letter without delay to ensure your child's place. I will write with full details about this festival as soon as I have received the necessary information from the organisers, but please note that all the singers must be willing to learn all the songs from memory as no word sheets are allowed on stage at the performance. 


Finally, if your child is interested in joining the school choir it is held after school from 3.30 to 4.15pm every Tuesday.  I am also very happy to consider any child for the school orchestra (every Tuesday lunchtime) and/or brass band (Wednesdays at break), whether they have instrumental lessons at school or elsewhere in the community.  An audition will be required for the orchestra and brass band as an approximate level of Grade 1 or above is preferred.  If your child would like to join either of these music clubs please complete the school's club form.


I hope your child will enjoy music here.  Please do not hesitate to contact  me if you have any queries.


With best wishes,


Denise Erlandsen

Music Teacher