Curriculum –> Music
On Saturday the students of Court Fields School Choir performed at the annual Christmas Craft Fayre held at the Skylark. Nearly 30 members of the choir wowed a packed audience with their renditions of Christmas music ranging from traditional carols to White Christmas and Somewhere Only We Know.
We have two more events before Christmas – please come and join us at our Carol Service in St John’s Church and at Carols Round the Tree at school – both taking place on the 13th December.
Last Saturday saw the first of the Court Fields School Choir Christmas performances. We were out and about in Wellington town centre singing as ‘art of the Christmas Celebrations. The choir sang numbers ranging from ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and ‘Hallelujah’ to Christmas favourites such as ‘By Candlelight’ and ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. There will be another opportunity to hear us again on December 3rd at The Skylark and later in the month on 13th December at our annual Carol Service at St. John’s Church.
Court Fields School Choir undertook the first ever tour in the summer. 34 students and staff
went to Lake Garda in Italy where we performed 2 concerts, an impromptu sing in the Verona Amphitheatre before visiting Juliet’s Balcony, along with a day in Venice and a fun day at Gardaland theme park. A fantastic time was had by all and the choir was given rave reviews for both concerts. Our next tour to Spain is planned for July 2018 – please see Mrs Chidgey for details.
Students from year 10 and 11 recently took their graded singing exams. Congratulations go to Ashleigh Payne and Dilly Croxall who gained Distinction passes at Grade 8, Abi Lockyer and Lizzie Boyd who both gained Distinctions at Grade 6 and Ross Boniface who gained a Merit at Grade 6. We are very proud of all the hard work that they put in to get these amazing results and really pleased that Court Fields School maintains our 100% pass rate success.
The Court Fields school choir have been very busy over the last few days. On Saturday over 50 choir members went to the Skylark for their Christmas festivities where they entertained a packed house with a variety of traditional Christmas Carols and seasonal songs.
On Monday 55 choir members and 4 staff went to Wells Cathedral to take part in the Somerset County Christmas Celebration. This involved an afternoon rehearsal and evening performance. The choir sang a solo item “By Candlelight” and also joined in the massed choir items with singers from all over the county. The Cathedral was absolutely full with some standing at the back – our biggest audience yet!
Tuesday saw us walking to Popham Court Nursing Home to sing to the residents. This was a smaller choir of 30 as our year 11’s are busy with exams and room was also limited. The residents enjoyed the performance and enjoyed meeting our students.
Monday is our Christmas Extravaganza in the school hall which this year is preceded by carols and mulled wine around our Christmas tree courtesy of the Friends of Court Fields. All are welcome. On Tuesday the 15th we are holding our annual Carol Service at St. Johns Church at 11.45am. Again you are welcome to come along and join us.
The photo shows the choir rehearsing at Wells Cathedral for our solo item.
On Wednesday Court Fields welcomed Year 5 and 6 pupils from our feeder schools for the Big Sing. In this event, which was based around the theme of water, 292 primary school pupils joined the 39 strong Court Fields school choir to sing songs as varied as Wade in the Water, Drunken Sailor and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Children spent the morning rehearsing together and the day culminated in a mass sing starting just before midday to an audience of teachers and helpers from all the schools represented. The primary school students were also treated to a cameo performance by the Court Fields choir – who in turn are looking forward to welcoming many of the Year 6 children into the choir in September.
This Saturday saw Court Fields students performing to their biggest audience yet when the opened this year’s Wellistock Festival. Students from the We Will Rock You cast were joined by members of the choir to sing a selection of songs from the show which was performed in school earlier in the year. Soloists Dilly Croxall, Ross Boniface and Ashleigh Payne were joined by a thirty five strong chorus to wow the crowds with such numbers as Radio Ga-ga, Under Pressure, I Want It All, We Are The Champions and the iconic We Will Rock You.
One student said ” it went so quickly when we were on stage – I wish we could have done the whole show!”
Well Done to all those that took part
This week Court Fields School was lucky enough to be able to welcome an authentic Javanese Gamelan group into school for a week’s residency. All KS3 students received at least 1 hour playing experience led by Actiontrack leaders Nick and Chad, with year 10 GCSE students spending longer and completing a performance which will count towards their GCSE Music qualification. The pre-school also joined us for one session. All students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity – one student said ” it was really interesting to learn about the culture behind the Gamelan and then to actually play the instruments”. With many thanks to the Actiontrack project who made this possible.
Throughout the past week students from Court Fields School have been taking part in the Taunton Music and Drama Festival. Singers and instrumentalists have been taking part in the music classes and have been performing very well.
Congratulations to Ashleigh Payne who won the Gwen Gorge Memorial cup for Vocal solo14 and under, beating 31 other entrants, Well done also to Abi Lockyer, Commended, and Dilly Croxall and Andrew Power who gained distinctions in the same class. Congratulations also to Andrew who came second in the boy treble sacred solo class. Michael Qureshi won the Kingsfield cup for piano solo, Sam Coleman gained a Merit in the woodwind solo class and Millie Baker won the Intermediate Guitar Trophy by winning both the under 12 and under 14 years classes. We hope to be back next year with an even bigger tally.
On Monday 3rd November the choir took part in the heat stages of the Grand Pier’s Somerset Schools Christmas Carol Competition. It was with many nerves that the 42 members of the choir boarded the coach with Mrs Chidgey and Mr Evans, for the trip to Weston -super-Mare – we had just had 10 days off for half term so it was good that we could have a sing through before we left. Spirits were high however and I am pleased to say the choir performed very well and have found out that we made it through to the Grand Final which will take place on the 1st December.
If you would like to hear our choir in action then there are quite a few opportunities this term, Come along to the Christmas Cabaret on the 15th December at 7pm or attend the school Carol Service at St. John’s Church on the 17th December.
If you would like to come and support the choir in prestigious event at the Grand Pier, Weston – s – Mare then tickets can be bought from here.