We were very excited to launch our new woodwind lessons this month taught by David Fitzgerald. Children can now take extra music lessons in violin, keyboard, recorder, flute, clarinet, and saxophone.
Our new Musician in Residence, Lesley Bingle, also joined our music team this month. She will be teaching all KS2 to play instruments as well as leading our KS2 choir and running music clubs.
In November, we took our Year 6s to the Royal Albert Hall to sing in a Youth Prom. It was an awe inspiring day which we'll remember forever!
We finished the term with a series of Christmas assemblies and performances. Every child from Reception to Y6 had an opportunity to sing and perform. In the KS2 concert all pupils performed something they had helped develop with their class teacher and our Musician in Residence with three of the year groups performing on the instruments they have been learning to play this half term.
In addition to our lunchtime string ensemble and ukulele club, this month we launched the Drake School Orchestra. All musicians at school have the opportunity to join the orchestra which takes place on a Thursday lunchtime led by our Musician In Residence, Lesley Bingle.
We are looking forward to hearing them perform later in the year.
The performance will be celebrating Norfolk’s history through song. The KS1 title is Prehistoric! A song cycle based on fossils, written by local composer Tony Bailey.
Tickets for our performance are now on sale here:
We will also perform our songs as part of our Summer Arts Festival in June, so don't worry if you can't make it to our performance in Diss.
At the end of the Spring term our woodwind players will be performing their first recital. The progress they have made since starting in the Autumn is wonderful and we can't wait to hear them play together.
We are hoping to work on a very special music project in May that will include our whole school community. We can't say what it is yet, but its going to be brilliant! Watch this space!