Business in the Community National Gala Dinner 2013
A special choir of 40 singers from the Emerald Music School will perform at the BITC Gala Dinner on 2nd July. They will be opening the event with a new arrangement of ‘Pure Imagination’ by David Harvey.
Co-hosted by national treasure Joanna Lumley and Bafta Award winning actor and comedian James Corden, the National Gala Dinner will showcase some inspirational finalists’ stories and will offer a fabulous evening of entertainment at the Royal Albert Hall.
Emerald Music School is now offering exciting singing workshop days in schools. Large groups can be taken at once (up to 120 children at one time or more with further staff) and the children will learn how much fun it can be to sing in a big choir in harmony. The workshop days are designed for KS2, but can be adapted to include KS1 when required.
The workshops are great fun and encourage the children to participate fully and with confidence. The children will hardly realise how far they are being stretched and before they know it they will be singing in many parts and with much enthusiasm. The day concludes with a short performance to the parents or other students at the school. The teachers and parents are usually amazed at what can be achieved in such a short time and the adults are encouraged to join in too so it creates a community sing-a-long which creates a lasting impact.
More workshop leaders can be booked in order to have more groups running simultaneously. The only requirements are a big space to bring the groups and an audience together (some schools use the local church when their hall space is limited) and use of a piano or powerful keyboard.
Use of a photocopier may also be needed.
Throughout the day a variety of themes can be covered depending on the school’s requirements. Here are some suggestions:
- ‘Songs from around the world’ including rounds and part songs
- ‘African music’ including part songs, movement and percussion
- ‘Singing in harmony’ gradually building up the layers and including improvisation
EXAMPLE DAY: Based on a primary school with 30 children in each year with one workshop leader and class teachers present.
(In the hall and using the piano)
09.15 Years 3-6
10.30 Years 3-4
11.15 Years 5-6
13.15 Years 3-6
15.00 Performance to parents
If you would like to book a workshop, have any queries or want to discuss any ideas, please contact Clare Caddick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07973 114 218.
Tue 27th Aug – Sat 31st Aug 10-4pm
Sat Concert 2pm
At Laleham Lea School, 29 Peak’s Hill, Purley CR8 3JJ
Emerald Music Week is a music activity course designed for young musicians of all standards aged 6-18.
The students are taught by excellent, lively and qualified staff. The courses are very successful because the emphasis is on learning through fun.
There are two concerts during the week, a solos concert where everyone has the chance to perform a solo and a presentation concert at the end of the course to provide an opportunity to perform new music learned throughout the week. Most students find that they make huge progress throughout the week and gain confidence in all aspects of music making. It is amazing how much music can be learnt and how many friendships are formed in an intensive week of music making.
The junior course is aimed at children aged six or above who enjoy singing and listening to music. They may be beginners on an instrument or may be looking to take up an instrument at a later date. The children have a busy week composing, listening to music, learning the recorder, singing songs, making instruments, creating artwork and playing games. They are joined by the older students to create a presentation at the end of the week.
The senior course is designed for instrumentalists and singers. They play and sing in ensembles and are given opportunities to work in small groups with tutors to create duets and trios. There are composition and improvisation workshops and everyone joins up for choir each day.
Each day there are games outside so that everyone has a break from music making for a short while.
NEW for 2013 Taster Course with Primo Music (ages 3-5)
Tue 27th Aug – Sat 31st Aug 10 – 11.30am, Sat Concert 2pm
Charlotte from Primo Music will be joining us to lead a taster course for children aged 3-5 and to provide a morning session for the under 11’s on Music Week. The children will explore song and body movement to provide strong foundationks for pulse, pitch, musical structure, harmony and melodic lines, but most important of all they will have lots of fun whilst developing musicianship. There will also be an opportunity to play unusual instruments from Finland and Indonesia. It is a great way to introduce children, both lively and introvert, to the love of music, rhythm and singing.
For more information on Music Week and our new Taster Course, please click on link in top corner of page.
Chamber Choir entertained the crowd with their singing, achieving a Distinction and Osiris won their class and were also awarded a Distinction. The comments by the adjudicator Soo Bishop were very encouraging. CONGRATULATIONS!
‘A very characterful but controlled performance, full of fun and very engaging – bravo. A most promising group, showing much potential’ DISTINCTION
Soo Bishop at Coulsdon and Purley Festival 2013 (Emerald Chamber Choir)
Came home after a great concert to this last night. We have been given a commemorative plaque for the Beckenham Festival for winning 3 years in a row. It is very kind of the festival committee to give us something to keep as we have to give the beautiful shields back each year.
Beckenham Senior School Shield 2012
Emerald Chamber Choir were awarded the Prize Baton and Osiris Ensemble won the Senior School Shield for the third year running.
‘This was a wonderful demonstration of vocal control and balance and really brought out the feeling of the song…extremely musical.’
Patricia Williams at Beckenham Festival 2012 (Osiris Ensemble)
‘This was a real Rolls-Royce of a vocal group, possessed of a vibrant, attractive tone. The tuning was remarkably good. There is something very polished about this group’s sound.’
Neil Jenkins at Sutton Music Festival 2012 (Osiris Ensemble)
Music Week 2012 was a great success – 45 happy people making music together for a whole week. Two hours worth of music was performed at the end of week concert including a special performance from this year’s Summer Sing group. The enthusiasm and feedback for the course has been overwhelming. Dates for next year’s course will be published shortly.
Emerald new term begins 15th September and Osiris begins 12th September.
Emerald Music Week 20-24 Aug
I am pleased to welcome Emma Stevens, Charlotte Bettle, Natasha Lobo, Matthew Norris to the staff this year and the course numbers are good. The Junior Course is full, but there are spaces for a few more instrumentalists, or older singers.
Status Quo’s new single The Winner (Podium Mix) played for the first time on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 on the 11th June 2012. Emerald members feature as backing singers. Recorded April 2012.
Join Clare Caddick, Director of the Emerald Music School for Summer Sing! 2012
A choir for adults of all ages and abilities
♫ Choral singing, musicals, light classical, pop
♫ Strictly for fun only
♫ No auditions
♫ Beginners welcome – no experience necessary
♫ For 5 weeks only throughout the Summer
♫ Sociable, with wine, juice and nibbles in the break
♫ £6 per session or £25 for a 5 week inclusive discount
8pm – 10pm on Mondays 16th and 23rd July, 6th, 13th and 20th August
At Laleham Lea School, 29, Peak’s Hill, Purley, CR8 3JJ
Look out for the Status Quo single ‘The Winner (Podium Mix)’. A small group of Emerald singers provided the backing vocals last summer and it is being released this month. You can find it on youtube now.
Next term starts Wednesday 12th September for Osiris and Saturday 15th September for Emerald. Have a great summer!
Emerald starts Saturday 21st April and Osiris on Wednesday 24th April.
Emerald Chamber Choir will be taking part in a concert in Banstead on Saturday May 12th.
The Summer Garden Concert is in Purley on Sunday 1st July and will involve all Emerald groups.
Music Week is taking place 20th-24th August from 10am-4pm and is open to all Emerald students and non-members.
Due to the popularity of last year’s Summer Sing for adults, another course is being planned for this year during July and August. Stay tuned for further details.
The next Emerald Concert will be held at St Mark’s Church, Church Road, Woodcote, Purley on Sunday 18th March at 7.30pm.
Tickets available at the door at £6 (£4 concessions).