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Coldfall Teaching School offers bespoke support packages to schools who are looking to improve their music provision.  This can include:

  • Working with senior and middle leaders to develop a vision for music in line with school development priorities and capacity
  • Supporting class teachers and music specialists to develop their pedagogy through:
    • Curriculum development support
    • Collaborative teaching
    • Model music lessons
    • CPD on specific areas of music
    • AFL in music
  • Advice and support in developing bespoke projects and working with arts organisations
  • Advice and support in achieving Artsmark accreditation
  • Advice and support in accessing funding
  • Support in using music to build morale, promote well-being and develop staff cohesion

For further information, please contact k.vetch@coldfall.haringey.sch.uk

“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

The following classes will hopefully be participating in music performances at the end of the summer term. Please be aware that parent attendance is contingent upon the next step in COVID-19 restrictions being lifted. We will let you know whether or not you will be permitted to attend after the proposed government announcement on May 17th.

 

Monday 6th December 9:15 – 9:45: Chaffinch Class Nativity

Monday 6th December 15:00 – 15:20: Dove Class Nativity

Tuesday 7th December 09:15 -09:45: Eagle Class Nativity

Wednesday 8th December 15:00 – 15:30: Kingfisher Class ‘The Nutcracker’

Thursday 9th December 09:15 – 09:45: Kestrel Class ‘The Nutcracker’

Thursday 9th December 15:00-15:30: Kookaburra Class ‘The Nutcracker’

Monday 13th December 18:00-20:00: Year 5 & 6 Christmas Concert

Tuesday 14th the December 18:00-20:00: Year 5 & 6 Christmas Concert

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 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 Chapel and Alexandra Palace. In spring 2020 the choir recorded Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicholas with The BBC Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus for Signus Records. They also recently performed the children’s choir part in the world premier of One Giant Leap by James McCarthy with The London Orchestra da Camera and Hertfordshire Chorus at The Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Coldfall Guitar Orchestra

The guitar orchestra consists of 20 pupils who rehearse weekly under the direction of Michael Antoniou. The group was established in January 2019 and perform a wide range of repertoire.

What We’re Learning

All children at Coldfall 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.

Singing

Singing is very important at Coldfall. It is firmly embedded into our daily routine, through singing assemblies, staff singing and our brilliant 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 ‘in-house’ Wind Instrumental Programme. Additionally, we offer one-to-one singing lessons through school.

MUSIC NEWS

St Nicholas Recording – BBC Concert Orchestra

In March Coldfall School Choir recorded the children’s choir part in St. Nicholas by Benjamin Britten with the Crouch End Festival Chorus and The BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of David Temple. Four Year 6 Coldfall pupils were also selected to sing the parts of The Boy Nicholas and the Three Pickled Boys. The recording will be released on Signos Records later this year.

Escola de Samba

In February our groovy year 6 pupils competed against each other to be crowned Coldfall Samba Champions 2020. The mighty Wren class were crowned winners thanks to their lively moves, wild costumes and rhythmic expertise. Mr. ‘Percussion’ Plato described the performers as ‘Samba Animals.’

Coldfall Primary School Choir at The Queen Elizabeth Hall

Our school choir performed in the world premier of One Giant Leap by James McCarthy. Conducted by David Temple and accompanied by The London Orchestra da Camera our fabulous singers joined Hertfordshire Chorus on stage at The Queen Elizabeth Hall to perform this exciting and inspiring piece that was composed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing.

Click here to watch some short segments of our rehearsal

Divas in Residence

In March all of year 5 worked with professional opera singers Laura Woods and Alistair Sutherland who regularly work with opera companies such as Opera Holland Park and English National Opera on a week-long opera project. They learnt to sing and act as an operatic chorus, staged scenes and even did stage combat which resulted in them performing a truly unique version of Bizet’s Carmen.

 

Year 5 and 6 Christmas Concert

Our annual Christmas concert was attended by over 750 audience members over two nights. Every child in year 5 and 6 performed, as well as performances by the school orchestra, Coldfall School Choir, Coldfall Youth Voices and our staff choir. In total we raised nearly £5000. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event to make it an enormous success.

Value of the Month

Trust

Our value for the month of October is trust. It seems pertinent to  think about our year 6 children who are visiting Tollesbury this month. Parents are trusting the school to keep their children safe and to look after them whilst they are away (in loco parentis – literally taking the place of a parent). This responsibility is at the heart of teaching and teachers.

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