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WB: 4th Jan

Good morning everybody!
I have 3 elements of music learning for you to do over your week.
1. Preparing for the Biggest Sing
2. Learning about our January ‘Ten Pieces’

3. Listening to a musician who shows our School Value: aspiration

The Biggest Sing
This month we are preparing for the Biggest Sing.
The Biggest Sing, which will take place during Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Simultaneous Sing’.  Billy Ocean, YolanDa Brown and Ruti will all perform live with the Young Voices Band at the O2 Arena. At the same time, thousands of children and their teachers across the country will join in singing the classic Bill Withers song ‘Lovely Day’. The new version of the song will also be released as a charity single in support of Place2Be.

We are hoping that this fantastic event still goes ahead and that we will be able to join in from wherever we are. That means we need to get busy learning Lovely Day ready for Feb 2nd.

Lovely Day was originally released in 1977 by Bill Withers. Here he is singing it in 1988:

You might have heard the song in A Secret Life Of Pets:

This week you can start learning to the signs that accompany the chorus. Maybe you could teach your family the signs too.

We are delighted to announce that on 2nd February we will be attempting to break not just one but two Guinness World Records! Your group can SING or SIGN Lov...

Ten Pieces
This month we are going to be listening to a piece of music by the composer Florence Price. As an African-American woman, Florence Price combined the traditions of classical music with the sound of spirituals and West African rhythms and dance from her own culture. In 1933 she overcame prejudice to become the first black female composer to have her work performed by a major orchestra.

Visit the BBC Ten Pieces webpage to watch a short video about Florence Price and find out more about her music.

As you watch her piece performed by an orchestra, see what instruments you can spot. Last month we learned how Ravi Shankar combined traditional Indian instruments with a Western Orchestra. Florence Price does something similar in her work. What instrument was unusual to see in an orchestra?

Our School Value: Aspiration
Israel Kamakawiwo was a native Hawaiian ukulele player and singer-song writer. In this video he is playing the ukulele, which is the national instrument of Hawaii. Israel’s music and his high aspirations of himself and others helped to get Hawaii noticed and create a better life and rights for other Hawaiians.
Israel is perhaps best known for touching the world with his rendition of 'Over the Rainbow'. This song has become an anthem for people all over the world who hope for a better and safer life. The words in the song remind us that dreams can be achieved.
The footage at the end is from after his death where his community came together to celebrate his life and achievements and to share their love.