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WEEK BEGINNING 13TH JULY - A FAREWELL MESSAGE

Hello everyone at Bernards Heath Junior School!  We have now almost come to the end of this school year, a very strange year, as it feels as if we have barely seen you all.  For me, it has also come to the end of my time at Bernards Heath Junior School.  I have been the Music Teacher here for exactly ten years now and it has been a really fantastic decade for me.  I have enjoyed my time here immensely and teaching you all has been an absolute pleasure.  However, I live several miles from St. Albans and over the last few years the traffic to and from work has become  increasingly frustrating for me.  Some days it has taken me almost two hours to get to work which has now become intolerable.  I have therefore decided that I will continue teaching music from home, giving piano lessons.  So it is with a very heavy heart that I must say 'Goodbye to you all'.  crying  I have loved teaching music here and felt so proud watching you all grow in confidence and performing in a variety of concerts. I will miss you all very much and will think of you often.  I wish each and every one of you - children, parents and staff - every happiness for the future.  My leaving song to you all is in the link below and I think it is really appropriate for me as the words are exactly my thoughts about you all. Keep playing, singing, dancing, listening to and enjoying music.  It is one of the greatest ways of relaxing and having fun.  Stay healthy, happy and never say 'I can't' - because you can if you just keep trying!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NkRNg0TZOw

Message from Mrs. Erlandsen

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6TH JULY  - YEAR 6 PERFORMANCE VIDEOS

As we are unable to do our usual summer leavers concert for Year 6 this year due to the social distancing issues, I am asking all the children in year 6 who would like to be included to send in a video of themselves either singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument. I will then put the videos on my Year 6 Music Class Pages.  If you would like to take part, please send in your videos to your class teacher in the usual way and ask for it to be forwarded to me and I will put it up for everyone to see. It will be a lovely way to see each other perform and gives you all the opportunity to take part in a small performance.

WEEK BEGINNING 6TH JULY

As we approach the school summer holidays and continue to enjoy the beautiful weather, I thought I would provide you all with a link to a lovely song by Cat Stevens called Morning Has Broken, which we have occasionally sung in our singing assemblies.  The lyrics remind us all that we need to appreciate the beauty of every new morning - the sun, the rain and all the wonders of nature.  Here is the link to the video with lyrics.  Try singing along with the music and see if you can learn the words from memory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rifby1tVE8

WEEK BEGINNING 29TH JUNE

At last it looks as if we may be coming through the many weeks of severe lockdown that has been a very difficult time for all of us.  Let's hope this is the case and that with care and continued caution we will be able to avoid any further spikes in the coronavirus infection.  As we are getting near the end of term I think it's important to begin to feel positive about the future and also to be proud of the way we have all got through these months and handled every aspect of the lockdown. I have been looking for a suitable song to cover this, and although this is a very old (and many would say quite 'cheesy') song, it also sums up the current situation well.  The song 'I made it through the rain' was originally co-written and recorded by Gerard Kenny (with Drey Shepperd), and the lyrics were about a struggling musician who never gives up.  Barry Manilow then later revised the lyrics with Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman to make the song about the everyday person's struggles, rather than those of a profession.  It was first released in 1980 and is an easy listening pop song.  So here is the link to 'I Made It Through The Rain' sung by Barry Manilow.  The chorus is the catchy part of all songs.  It is repeated several times with the same words to emphasise the important meaning contained in the song's lyrics.  See if you can recognise where the chorus occurs in this song.  Notice also how the chorus is repeated for emphasis at the end of the song and there is a noticeable key change so that the chorus is sung a little higher when it's repeated.  This adds to the build up to the end of the song and strongly emphasises the importance of the words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfdTDQjeM3g

I am also attaching a karaoke link to this song below here so that if any of you want to sing along to it and then send a recording of it to me via your teacher I can put it up on this page for everyone to hear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8HInFzgoSE

 

WEEK BEGINNING 22ND JUNE

This week's song is 'Let There Be Peace on Earth'.  It's a really beautiful song and it's one that we have often sung in assemblies before.  Hopefully in September everyone will be back at school once more, the school corridors will be buzzing with lively children catching up on all their news with friends, and we will all be able to begin singing together again.  Have a lovely week and enjoy this song!  Here is the link. Try and learn the words from memory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_DxNpW1kHQ

 

 

WEEK BEGINNING 15TH JUNE

 

Hello again everyone.  When we think about our families, our friends at home and in school and the many wonderful things we can see and do in this world we realise that we are all so lucky to be here. Amongst the many other things that bring happiness into our lives, music is one important part of them.  It is a way of showing and sharing our feelings and emotions and is a wonderful way of expressing ourselves. Unfortunately there will always be some people who will use any excuse to cause trouble by hurting others, saying cruel things they shouldn't have said or by causing damage. But we all need to be strong and believe in ourselves and show it in the way we behave. At Bernards Heath Junior School it is always our aim to be kind and caring towards others and so many of you show us your kindness to each other both at home and in school.  This week I would like you to learn the song 'Beautiful' by Christina Aguilera.  I have attached the link below.  The words are so comforting and true.  Try and learn them from memory and recall them whenever you need to remind yourselves that you are all 'beautiful in every single way'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoYEQgG4-JY

WEEK BEGINNING 8TH JUNE

This week we have seen rioting all around the world following the shocking death in the United States of George Floyd whilst in police custody.  At Bernards Heath Junior we take pride in having children from all over the world at our school, all of whom add something unique and special to the culture of our school. At our Christmas Carol Concert last December, years 3 and 4 sung a beautiful song which is so appropriate for this week that I thought we should all take the time to learn this song and sing it either at home with our families, or in school in our current small groups.  I am writing the lyrics below and providing a link to the music underneath them.  Let's all remember how special every person is and how each individual is equally important and valuable to our society.  Here are the lyrics, they are very simple to learn from memory as the verse and chorus repeats:-

 

YOU ARE MY BROTHER

VERSE:

You are my brother, you are my friend,

You are my sister, our love should never end.

Whatever colour our skin or our hair,

Let us live together,

This is our prayer.

 

CHORUS:

Lift your banners high,

Work for justice and for peace!

Lift your banners high,

May our friendship never cease!

Lift your banners high,

We will sing in every land!

Lift your banners high,

For in Jesus' name we stand!

 

VERSE:

You are my brother, you are my friend,

You are my sister, our love should never end.

Whatever colour our skin or our hair,

Let us live together,

This our prayer.

 

CHORUS:

Lift your banners high,

Work for justice and for peace!

Lift your banners high,

May our friendship never cease!

Lift your banners high,

We will sing in every land!

Lift your banners high,

For in Jesus' name we stand!

 

Here is the link to the song.  It is the first track on the CD list:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4Dcudo8Mrc

 

WEEK BEGINNING 1ST JUNE

This is a special week for children all over the country as schools begin to open their doors again after a long 10 weeks of isolation and social distancing due to the coronavirus.  But on Saturday 30th May another historic event occurred when two Nasa astronauts began their mission to visit the International Space Station on a private spaceship.  Just 19 hours after lift off and while speeding around the globe at roughly 17,500 miles an hour, the spacecraft successfully reached the ISS. Because of this I thought that this week we should have a song about space flight, so I am attaching a link to Elton John's famous SOFT ROCK song 'Rocketman' which I hope you will enjoy singing along to with your family.  This song is a reminder of how lonely it can be out in space for all the astronauts, just as it's been for every one of us at home unable to visit family and friends due to the lockdown. But there is hope that we will soon be able to meet up with all the people we love as restrictions are gradually reduced, just as we hope that the astronauts will shortly return home safely to be with their families and friends again.  Here is the link to the song.  Have a good week!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD2miskgDK4

WEEK BEGINNING 18TH MAY

Hello again everybody.  As the weeks go by I am sure that you are all missing members of your families that you haven't been able to see for many weeks as well as all your friends, both at school and outside of Bernards Heath Junior.  Hopefully it won't be too long until we can all meet up again and share some of the many stories that we all have to tell from these strange times.  This week I thought we could listen to a very famous song by Michael Jackson called 'You Are Not Alone'.  The words seem very appropriate at the moment. This is a POP R&B Song. R&B stands for Rhythm and Blues and is a genre of popular music (Pop) that originated in African American communities in the 1940's. Have a good week!

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3ObWCtU6eI

WEEK BEGINNING THE 11TH MAY

Last Friday, 8th May, several countries including the United Kingdom, celebrated V.E Day (Victory in Europe Day).  This was the day in 1945 when Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  There are many songs that we remember today as being an important memory from the war, but perhaps none are more famous than the POP BALLAD performed by Vera Lynn (who is now 103 years old) called 'We'll Meet Again'.  The lyrics remind us all of how hard it must have been for the soldiers as they left to fight in the war, leaving their families and friends behind.  The song was a symbol of hope, reassuring everyone during the war that one day they would meet their loved ones again, and it remains a morale boosting song for us all today.  Here is the link to the song with lyrics for you to join in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJKMji2688M

WEEK BEGINNING THE 4TH MAY

This week's song is from the genre COUNTRY ROCK which began in America in the late 1960's and early 1970's.  It is called 'On The Road Again'  by the American singer/songwriter Willie Nelson and I think it echoes all our feelings at the moment of how we can't wait for life to get back to normal and back out on the road again!.  COUNTRY ROCK MUSIC lies within the genre of POPULAR MUSIC and is a blend (a fusion) of Country music and Rock music.  Pedal steel guitars are popular instruments used in this genre. I hope you enjoy singing along and maybe even dancing along to this.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNMxJ7B9TiI

 

 

WEEK BEGINNING 27TH APRIL

This week our song is from the genre FOLK MUSIC.  Folk music is traditionally music of the ordinary people that has been handed down vocally from generation to generation and uses traditional acoustic instruments.  Often the composers of FOLK MUSIC are unknown. The folk song I have chosen for you to listen and sing along to this week is 'Greensleeves'  which was widely thought to have been written by King Henry VIII for his future queen consort Anne Boleyn.  However this has never been proven, although it is known that the King loved music and often composed.

GREENSLEEVES:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDoHIVkWXnQ

WEEK BEGINNING 20TH APRIL - NEW SONG TO LEARN - ROCK MUSIC

This week's song for you to learn is from the genre ROCK MUSIC which developed in the 1960's in the United Kingdom and the USA and continues to be very popular today. Its influences are from rock and roll from the 1940's and 1950's, also from jazz, classical and other music genres. The vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar and drums are the most used instruments in Rock Music.  Listen to the instruments and see if you can recognise them.  As you listen count the beats - there are always 4 beats in the bar and the 2nd and 4th beats are the strongest.  Musical skill and performing to live audiences are a very important part of Rock Music.

This song is called U Can't Touch This by MC Hammer. I thought this was a very appropriate song since we are all supposed to be keeping our distance from everyone!  Try learning the lyrics from memory and sing along to it with all the family!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5X5zh00rdg

MUSIC AT HOME - WEEK 3: - EASTER SONGS

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope you are all able to have fun and happy times this weekend with this lovely weather.  I have put a link to a fun Easter song which you might like to sing with your brothers/sisters or parents.  Out of the Ark do a wide range of songs for children and they have a few for Easter too.  If you want to try some fun songs, search for Out of the Ark Easter Songs.  The words and melodies are there for you. Stay safe and well everyone! 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPFX2z0ZXEc

 

Mrs. Erlandsen

 

MUSIC AT HOME - WEEK 2 - MUSIC GENRE 'TROPICAL'

Good morning everyone!

I decided that this week we need to put a little extra energy into our music session.  Being at home all the time and only allowed out for a daily walk can make us all feel a bit low on energy and sparkle! So, for this reason I am putting up a new song for you which I hope you'll enjoy singing along to.  Please learn the lyrics from memory - perhaps your whole family will join in with you. The song is called 'Better When I'm Dancin' by Meghan Trainor which was used in the soundtrack to the 'Peanuts' Movie in 2015.  It is classed in the 'TROPICAL' music genre, which is music from the Caribbean and the Spanish speaking surrounding islands. TROPICAL music encompasses Latin salsa music and as you can hear it is a happy song, creating a holiday atmosphere.  I'm also putting up a choreographed dance video to the song which I would like you to try learning over the next week or two.  You can then sing and dance along to the music (see below the links if you'd prefer to drum along to the music instead). It's not very difficult to learn and working on a dance routine will not only be fun, it will give you more energy, keep you healthy and improve your memory skills.  When we return to school it would be great fun if we could all have a happy reunion assembly, dancing to a few new songs like this one.

 

Here is the link to the song followed by the link to the dance video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N4BKYMuAYo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6PmB6tMBOc&t=116s

 

Now I'm sure there may be a few of you who don't want to dance.  That's ok, but instead I want you to beat out a drum rhythm to the music as it plays.  Place yourself beside a table, a chair, a box or anything inventive to make this more fun and then beat out the 'Kakilambe' rhythm which we have already learnt in class. To remind you of the rhythm here are the beats:

Bass tone tone tone, Bass tone tone tone. (First we bounce and then we're steady). Remember that the dotted quaver (the first note) is longer than the other notes. The next note, the semiquaver is a short quick note and then the following quavers are all steady beats.  Make the first and fifth notes (the Bass beats) a little stronger than the other notes when you're drumming to add to the rhythm.  The Bass beat is when you use the whole flat of your hand on the drum skin, the Tone beat is when you use your fingers on the edge of the drum. You will need to play the rhythm quite fast so listen carefully to the music and keep in time with it as you drum.  Also try experimenting by making up your own rhythm to fit in with the song. 

I'll be back with a new song next week. Have fun! smiley

Mrs. Erlandsen

 

MUSIC AT HOME - WEEK 1 - REGGAE

Hello everyone!

During these extremely unusual and difficult times music can be a relaxing and enjoyable way of passing the time.  Whilst you are doing some school work or relaxing at home, try to keep some of your favourite music playing gently in the background.  To give you some ideas of what music to listen to, I thought that it would be fun if our 'music sessions at home' could provide you with a link to one song a week (see below) which I would like you to sing along to whilst trying to learn the words from memory.  I will aim to make every week's song very different from the previous one so that many different musical genres (styles) will be covered over the next few weeks.  This is something the whole family can join in with too!  It's a great way to brighten your spirits whilst keeping your brain working as you learn the melodies and lyrics from memory. 

 

The song for this week is 'Three Little Birds' originally written and performed by Bob Marley and his band, 'The Wailers'.  Try singing along to it - the words are easy to learn.

 

The genre of this song is REGGAE. It has four beats in a bar.  Can you count the beats as you listen? 

 

Reggae music typically makes the second and fourth beats in the bar the strongest (loudest) beats.  Can you hear that?

 

Reggae originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. Try and listen out for the different instruments used in the song, instruments that are typically used in REGGAE music: the bass, guitar, keyboard, drums, tambourine and of course the lead vocals and backing voices.

 

Here is the link to the song: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ind7BEZgWJU

 

Have fun! I'll supply a new song for you next week.

 

Denise Erlandsen

 

re:- Royal Albert Hall Hertfordshire Schools Gala 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am so sorry to inform you that this year Bernards Heath Junior School has not been offered a place at the Hertfordshire Schools Gala Performance to be held at the Royal Albert Hall in March.  Apparently those schools who were unsuccessful in securing a place last time (2018) have been given priority this time which has unfortunately meant that we have not been granted a place on this occasion.  I know that many of the children in the school choir will be very disappointed about this, but despite having applied for a place early on, we have not been successful this time.  This should mean, however, that we will be given priority in 2022. This is the first time in over ten years that we have missed out on a place, but it is understandable given the number of schools in Hertfordshire that apply to take part.  I hope that your son/daughter will take the opportunity of joining other school choir members in the Alban Arena Festival this year, which is taking place on Monday 30th March.  I have written a letter with full details about the Alban Arena performance, which will be handed out to the children in choir tomorrow.

 

Denise Erlandsen

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

re: Christmas Carol Concert - St. Saviour's Church, Sandpit Lane, St. Albans on Wednesday 11th December at 1.45pm and 7pm

 

All the children in years 3 and 4 are currently working hard preparing for our annual school Christmas carol concert which is to be held next Wednesday at 1.45pm and 7pm.  There will be a variety of songs and readings as well as music performed by the ukulele group and the school recorder group.  We do hope that you will be able to join us for this wonderful celebration of Christmas.  If you would like tickets for either of these performances then please put in your requests soon as both these concerts (particularly the evening performance) are very popular. There is one afternoon and one evening ticket available per family. 

 

I am detailing below all the information about the concerts, but if you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me, Denise Erlandsen (music teacher), at school. We will be rehearsing at the church during the morning of the concerts, but children should arrive at school as normal and they will then walk to the church with their class teachers immediately after morning registration.  They will all then return to school for lunch before returning to the church once again for the afternoon performance. Children may be collected by parents attending the afternoon performance from the church after the performance but their teacher or myself should be informed that they are being taken home directly from there.  All other children will walk back to school with their teachers and should be collected at the usual time.  However, please be aware that it is possible the children may arrive back at school a few minutes later than usual as they will all be walking back together. 

 

  • Children and families should arrive together at 6.45pm for the evening performance and parents only from 1.30pm for the afternoon performance as the children will have walked to the church directly from school. Please do not arrive earlier than these times as the doors will be closed until then. Entry is by ticket at the door.

  • Please walk to the church if possible, or park in the surrounding streets. It would be appreciated if the car park could be kept free for staff, who will be arriving earlier and staying later than the children.

  • Bernards Heath children to leave coats with parents and go straight to their places.

  • All children in years 3 and 4 will be performing. There will be readings, a variety of Christmas songs which will include solo performances and traditional Christmas carols.

  • All children to be looking as smart as possible, in correct school uniform, with school sweatshirts please.

  • Please remember that we are guests of St Saviours and would ask that you please supervise your child at all times before and after the concert. Children must not run around the church after the concert.

  • Black school shoes (or black trainers if no school shoes)

  • We ask you not to bring pre-school children, babies or toddlers. The children will be reading and performing individually at times and it would be difficult to hear them over the noise.

  • We know that the evening is always more popular than the afternoon. In an attempt to be fair to more parents, we are able to allocate one afternoon and one evening ticket per family, maximum 2 tickets. Space is limited and numbers are calculated on strict fire evacuation regulations. Please complete the attached slip as soon as possible.

  • We will be having a retiring collection at the end of the concert; the proceeds will be donated to Rennie Grove House Hospice.

  • We expect all Yr 3 and 4 children to participate in the concerts unless there is a valid reason not to (eg; religious reasons or exceptional circumstances). The children will be performing at both the afternoon and the evening concerts and are expected to attend both, even if their parents can only attend the afternoon. Please write to me or phone school if your child is unable to attend.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the concert next week which should be a wonderful occasion.

 

With best wishes,

Denise Erlandsen

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

St Albans Music School will be running ‘Show Choir Day’ for pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6.  No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and energy.  Places will be given on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

 

The event will be held in the Main Hall of Townsend CofE School, High Oaks, St Albans AL3 6DR on Friday 25th October 2019 from 9.30am to 3.00pm. There will be a performance at 2.45pm to which parents and friends are warmly invited.

MUSIC CLUBS

These are the times of the various music clubs.  Please note that orchestra rehearsals have changed from Friday lunchtimes to Tuesday lunchtimes at the request of orchestra members.

ORCHESTRA - Tuesday lunchtimes 12.45-13.20 (approx. Grade 1 and above) (please eat lunch first)

CHOIR - Tuesdays after school from 15.30-16.15 All children at Bernards Heath Junior School are welcome. (children to be collected from the playground.  If a parent is late the child concerned will remain in the music room with Mrs. Erlandsen)

BRASS BAND - Wednesdays break time 10.40-11.00. (approx. Grade 1 and above) 

Summer Concert 2019

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Footloose!

Summer Concert 2019

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Do I Make You Proud?

Summer Concert 2019

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Earth Song

Summer Concert 2019

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Made for Now

Summer Concert 2019

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Broken Strings

Summer Concert 2019

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Waltzing Matilda

Summer Concert 2019

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I Am Australian

Summer Concert 2019

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Angel Eyes

Summer Concert 2019

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One Day

Summer Concert 2019

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Kalinka

Summer Concert 2019

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Ode To Joy - Clarinet, and Amazing Grace - Flute

Summer Concert 2019

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Baby dance

Summer Concert 2019

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Mozart Symphony No. 40 - Trumpet Solo

Summer Concert 2019

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Old Town Road

Summer Concert 2019

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A Thousand Years

Summer Concert 2019

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Lamberghini

Summer Concert 2019

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Speechless

Summer Concert 2019

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Nkosi Sikelele i Afrika and Djembes

Summer Concert 2019

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Andante Andante

Summer Concert 2019

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Fallout

Summer Concert 2019

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Wonderwall

Summer Concert 2019

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Staccato Beans and 8 Maids 'a Milking

Summer Concert 2019

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Sunflower

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Kill This Love

Summer Concert 2019

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7 Years

Summer Concert 2019

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Habanera

Summer Concert 2019

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The Piper in the Forest

Summer Concert 2019

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Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

Summer Concert 2019

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Un Monde Parfait

Summer Concert 2019

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The Cup Song

Summer Concert 2019

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La Bamba

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Three Little Birds

Year 6 Summer Concert 2019

'I am Australian'
Angel Eyes
Angel Eyes
Kalinka
Kalinka
Kalinka
Kalinka
Kalinka
A Thousand Years
Lamberghini
Lamberghini
Fallout
Fallout
Fallout
Wonderwall
Wonderwall
Reader/Choir
Sunflower
Reader/Choir
Reader/Choir
Reader/Choir
Kill This Love
Non, je ne regrette rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
I am Australian
I am Australian
Angel Eyes
Angel Eyes
Baby
Baby
Baby
Baby
Baby
A Thousand Years
A Thousand Years
Reader/Choir
A Thousand Years
Lamberghini
Lamberghini
Lamberghini
Lamberghini
Lamberghini
Speechless
Speechless
Reader/Choir
Djembes
Djembes/ Nkosi Sikelele i Afrika
Nkosi Sikelele i Afrika
Djembes
Andante Andante
Andante Andante
Fallout
Fallout
Wonderwall
Choir
Wonderwall
Wonderwall
Staccato Beans/8 Maids a Milking - Piano
Sunflower
Sunflower
Sunflower
Kill This Love
Kill This Love
Kill This Love
7 Years
7 Years
Habanera
Habanera
Reader
The Piper
Cup Song
Cup Song
La Bamba
Three Little Birds
Performers

Year 6 Summer Concert - Thank you!

 

Thank you to all the children who performed in the Year 6 Summer Concert yesterday.  You were ALL amazing and I was so proud of you.  You behaved perfectly and every performance was enjoyable and really well presented.  You have all shown yourselves to be very confident, talented performers and you made it a wonderful evening for us all.  I hope you were able to enjoy it also and will look back on your time at Bernards Heath Junior School with some very happy memories.

 

I wish you all the best in your new schools.

 

Denise Erlandsen

Music Teacher

re: School Choir - end of term

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This is to confirm that there will be no further choir rehearsals this term due to the summer concert which is to take place this week.  However, I hope your child will join me again for choir in the autumn term.  Children in all year groups who are not currently members of the choir are very welcome to join us.  Choir practice is held every Tuesday after school from 3.30pm until 4.15pm, where the focus is on learning a variety of songs and having fun.

 

I wish you all a very enjoyable summer holiday.

 

Denise Erlandsen

Music Teacher

Dear Parent/Carer, 

 

SUMMER CONCERT – Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 7pm – 'Music from around the world' 

 

As the end of the school year approaches, all the children in year 6 are now ready for their summer concert. As you know from the letters that were sent out recently, the concert is to be held this Wednesday, 17th July commencing at 7pm. Children must arrive at school no later than 6.40pm for the performance and it is expected that all children will attend the concert unless there are extenuating and unavoidable circumstances. If your child is unable to attend the performance please could you let me know as soon as possible in order that the necessary amendments can be made to the programme. We have had an overwhelming response from children wanting to perform in this year's concert and we hope that the evening will be a wonderful experience for them (and for you)! 

 

The theme this year, 'Music from around the world'  provides the opportunity for a variety of different acts and all the children who need to wear clothes to suit their particular performance have either been allocated suitable clothing or have brought in suitable clothes from home already.  All other children should wear a brightly coloured T shirt with trousers or leggings and soft soled shoes for both the morning performance to the school, as well as to the evening performance.

 

We will issue up to two tickets per family for the concert, and we ask for a donation of £2.00 per ticket. If you haven't already done so, please get your tickets soon as the children would love to perform to a full house. I do hope you are able to join us as we celebrate the musical skills of children in year 6 in their final concert at Bernards Heath Junior School. I would like to stress that this concert is not suitable for babies, toddlers or pre-school children as it is not fair to ask them to sit still for such a length of time and equally it is not fair on the junior children to have their performances disrupted. I hope that you appreciate why we make this decision. 

 

We hope you will join us for what we are sure will be a very enjoyable evening. 

 

Denise Erlandsen

Music Teacher

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.

 

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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