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Music 2019-2020

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.

We were honored this month to be nominated for a Norfolk Music Hub award to recognise all the musical opportunities we offer our pupils.

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We launched the festive season on November 1st by singing Christmas carols at the local garden center.

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 KS1 choir have been busy rehearsing for their CASMA concert in March. We have been to Norwich to learn the songs with other schools and we have been having weekly rehearsals at school.
Our KS1 choir were busy rehearsing for their CASMA performance celebrating Norfolk’s history through song. The KS1 title wass Prehistoric! A song cycle based on fossils, written by local composer Tony Bailey.

In April, all our Music learning switched online. You can have a look on our Online Learning page to see all the music activities we were doing together as a school.
In May, one of our pupils was recorded singing 'When the Lights Go Out Again', originally recorded by Vera Lynn during WW2. Her track was sent off to become part of a VE Day choir made up of more than a hundred students from all over Norfolk. We were so proud to hear the song played on BBC Norfolk as part of the VE Day celebrations.

When The Lights Go On Again - Norfolk Schools VE Day Tribute

In June, we had the excitement of the Norfolk Music Hub’s Virtual Big Sing.
You can see what happened when a film crew came  to school here:

We had lots of fun in our Reception bubbles, getting ready for the Big Sing

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We finished the year by learning 3 songs together right across the school. We couldn’t come together to sing them, but we all shared in the experience of learning them.