Another great set of Exam results this term. Well done everyone. I hope you have enjoyed the process and using all the new skills you have developed to help you express yourself musically. Have a wonderful Christmas and we will be back on the week beginning 7th Jan for lots more fabulous singing.
Those of you who came to the last workshop I did will remember the theme of universal primal sound and the power of it’s ability to communicate feelings. The following link continue this this theme. Remember MUSIC IS NOT A COMPETITION, it is part of a greater desire for all beings to communicate.
The teenage years present a lot of challenges for all parties as children seek to define themselves as young adults. The article below gives some ideas for helping your child keep music in their life. If they enjoyed classical before they sometimes want to switch to more popular music and this is a great way to help keep their interest. They often want to feel they can share music with their peers as isolation is a major factor in giving up. Joining a band, accompanying friends, organising charity concerts, going to shows, festivals and concerts etc can all help them keep sight of their goals.
If you need some inspiration to practice……..
‘Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into it’s secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.’
Ludwig Van Beethoven
I have to share this as this singer is just fabulous. Performing ‘The Click Song’ originally by Miriam Makeba, Njabulo’s voice is like velvet. Click languages are thought to be one of the first forms of vocal communication in humans and are still used today. Notice how he is having an amazing time, moving and dancing but his posture and stance are still really strong.
More on Click languages here:
And information on Miriam Makeba:
Frozen is enjoying a revival this year. This video shows ‘Let it go’ being sung in languages from around the world.
We then have an instrumental arrangement which begins with a gesture to Vivaldi’s Winter Movement from The Four Seasons. The theme to Let it go is then played interspersed with layers of Vivaldi’s Winter.
Cinema’s have now started putting on live streamings of Operas, Ballets and Theatre productions. You can find them on in our local Chippenham Cinema:
Our local Orchestra, Wessex Orchestra are looking for string and lower brass members if anyone is interested. Approx grade 5 and above standard.
They also put on regular local concerts for you to enjoy.
Great shows coming up in Bath and Bristol:
- Hansel und Gretel (Beware, not recommended for children under 10 as it can be quite scary)