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“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything” (Plato)

At Coldfall we believe that all children should be inspired by music and that every student has the right to an outstanding music education.

We aim for children to develop a love of music, developing intrinsic musical skill, knowledge and understanding. We are also passionate about the power of music and the impact it can have on a person’s emotional, social, personal development and well-being.

WHAT WE'RE DOING

Saturday 01/12 – School Choir Performance at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Precious Moments Concert at Middlesex University

Friday 07/12 – School Choir Performance at The Wigmore Hall

Tuesday 11/12: 9:15  – Kestrel Xmas Performance

Tuesday 11/12: 15:00 – Kingfisher Xmas Performance

Wednesday 12/12:  9:15 – Kookaburra Xmas Performance

Thursday 13/12: 9:15 – Chaffinch Nativity

Thursday 13/12: 14:45 Dove Nativity

Friday 14/12: 9:35 Eagle Nativity

Monday 17/12: 6:00pm Year 5 and 6 Xmas Concert (children from year 5 and 6 will need to be available in the day for rehearsals)

Tuesday 18/12: 6:00pm Year 5 and 6 Xmas Concert

Thursday 20/12: 11:00 Nursery Singalong

Thursday 20/12: 15:00 Nursery Singalong

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION

Coldfall Primary School Choir

We have an exceptional school choir formed of pupils from year 5 and 6 who perform regularly in the local area and further field. The choir rehearse weekly after school under the direction of Kate Vetch and Nina De Sausmarez and sing a wide range of music in 3 and 4-part harmony. Recent performances include the London premier of Rio Amazonas with Roland Perrin and his Blue Planet Orchestra and Carmina Burana at the Queen Elizabeth Hall under the baton of David Temple (OBE). The choir were also invited to perform at the Music for Youth National Festival at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Other highlights include; The Wigmore Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, The Union Chaple and Alexandra Palace.

Coldfall Primary School Orchestra

We have a newly established school orchestra for pupils in year 5 and 6 who have regular lessons in orchestral instruments. The orchestra rehearses on Friday lunch time under the direction of Kate Vetch. Children in the orchestra also participate in weekly sectional rehearsals with specialist teachers; Josef Stout and Chris Snead.

VOX Boys Choir

Warren Castle runs a non-selective choir for boys in year 4,5 and 6. They perform popular music in a range of styles.

Coldfall Youth Voices

Coldfall Youth Voices is a new choir for secondary aged pupils from North London. Entrance to the choir is through audition and they rehearse from 5-6pm on Monday evenings during term time under the direction of Kate Vetch and Nina De Sausmarez. For further information please visit www.coldfallyouthvoices.co.uk

What We’re Learning

All children in the school receive weekly music lessons with a specialist teacher. Our curriculum aims to give children the opportunity to develop performance, composition and listening skills through exploring a variety of musical styles, traditions and genres and by taking part in a wide range of activities including; African Drumming, Music Technology, Samba, and whole class instrumental tuition in recorder and ukulele. Children also learn to read staff notation and explore classical music through creative projects.

 

Reception: All About Me

Year One: The Ginger Bread Man

Year Two: Rhythm, Pitch and Pulse

Year Three: Recorder

Year Four: Ukulele

Year Five: Minimalism

Year Six: Garage Band

Singing

Coldfall is a “Platinum Singing School” and singing is embedded into our daily routine, through singing assemblies, staff singing and our choirs. We also use singing across the school to enhance learning in all curriculum areas.

Instruments

Over 300 of our talented children learn an instrument through school, and even more have private lessons. Lessons in violin, piano and guitar are available through Haringey Music Education Hub. We also offer tuition in flute, saxophone, clarinet and trumpet as part of our Wind Instrumental Programme.

Music News

September 2018: Year 5 Opera Trip

Year 5 attended an incredible performance by British Youth Opera at The Peacock Theatre.

July 2018: School Choir Perform at Symphony Hall

As a consequence of their outstanding performance at The Music for Youth Regional Festival series the school choir were invited to perform at Symphony Hall, Birmingham as part of a National Festival.

July 2018: Year One Orchestra Trip

Year one attended an incredible performance of Carnival of the Animals by the London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican.

July 2018: School Choir Perform Carmina Burana at The Queen Elizabeth Hall

The school choir performed in Carmina Burana under the baton of David Temple (OBE). Click here to watch a short video of their rehearsal (I’ll whatsapp this to you)

June 2018: Haringey Goes Wild at The Royal Albert Hall

30 year 5 pupils participated in ‘The Haringey Goes Wild’ festival at the Royal Albert Hall. It was particularly excited as one of the specially commissioned pieces, composed by Laura Forrest-Hay was inspired by Coldfall Woods. Earlier in the year, all year 5 pupils participated in a composition workshop with Laura and some of their material even made it into the piece!

Choir Performance at Union Chapel

The school choir sang their hearts at the Music for Youth Regional Festival at the beautiful Union Chapel. The children were delighted to have the opportunity to sing in such a spectacular venue. It was wonderful to hear performances from other schools and the feedback from the professional mentors was overwhelmingly positive.

https://youtu.be/B4vOEWOjdSM

Congratulations to the mighty Wren class for their well-deserved victory in the year 6 Samba competition. Expert judges Mrs. Hohl, Mr. Plato and Miss. Colquhoun were astounded by their rhythmic accuracy and presentation “Your performance evoked a real sense of carnival and spirit. For a moment I forgot it was a grey, cold February afternoon in North London. It was as if I’d returned to the stadiums of Rio where I too was a famous Samba champion.” (Mr. Plato 06/02/2018)

Year 5 Composition Workshop – w/c 15/01/18

Last week year 5 participated in a workshop with professional composer Laura Forest-Hay. Laura is composing a piece of music of based on Coldfall Woods to be performed at The Royal Hall and over the last two weeks the students have been writing poetry and music that will feed into the piece she is composing. This is particularly exciting as some Coldfall students will be involved in performing this piece at The Royal Albert Hall in June.

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