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Church of England Junior School

Orchestra

At St Mary's we have a 50 strong Symphony Orchestra who are an amazing school team. They rehearse every Thursday before school. 

NEXT CONCERT: Basingstoke Music Festival

Saturday 16th March - Morning (time to be confirmed) at Queen Mary's College.

Smart School Uniform please (ties and jumpers)

More info to be added when know but please email Mrs Malone with any questions 

R.Malone@st-marys-jun.hants.sch.uk  

***PERMISSION SLIP - SEE BELOW***

 

Summer Term 

Please keep Saturday 16th March daytime free for the annual Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival

Fri 17th May and Fri 7th June 4:15pm - 5:30pm - after school BPSM rehearsals at Costello 

Friday 21st June - All Day BPSM rehearsal at Christ Church, Chineham

Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June - BPSM Concerts at Anvil (children may not play both nights)

 

School Orchestra

The School Orchestra is a large school ensemble and membership is by invitation. 

Rehearsals are held in the school hall every Thursday at 8am. When you arrive, you will be greeted and told where to sit. Everyone has their own set of music in a folder. Music folders stay in school but every time we get new music you will be given a copy to take home. You might want to have a special folder at home in which to keep this music. At the end of the rehearsal it is your responsibility to put your instrument in it’s case and put your chair, music and music stand away.

Working with a conductor

One of the challenges of being in an orchestra is working as a team. The person who coordinates the music is the conductor. The principle role of conductor is to set and maintain the tempo (speed) of the music and to keep all of the musicians in time with one another during a performance. The conductor will also use other gestures to remind musicians of key events happening in the music. You will need to learn to keep an eye on the conductor to ensure everybody is working together properly!

At home....

In order to get the music up to the best   possible standard it is very important that you practice your orchestra music at home. An orchestra is a team, and every member must practice if we are to get a good overall sound. Therefore, you should aim to know your part well. Interestingly, the better you know your part, the more enjoyable it is to play along with others. Practicing a little and often is much better than cramming the night before the rehearsals or concerts. Try to do about 5-10 minutes, 3 times a week on your orchestra music and it will become much easier to play.

It’s helpful to take your music to your instrumental teacher and ask them to help you with the difficult parts. Also, they can look at the music. If you feel a little lost with any of the music, you might like to ask your instrumental teacher to help. They can also listen to you playing your part and check that you have learnt it correctly.

What will you get out of the orchestra? 

As a member of the orchestra you are a valued member of a team which proudly represents the school at various events throughout the year. You will discover how important a part you play in creating impressive sounding orchestral music.

The orchestra provides a fun way to make use of those skills you work so hard to achieve during individual practice. In an orchestra, you get swept along with the music (the orchestra provides an excellent forum to learn to keep going no matter what!). It’s a fun process which will help to develop your confidence .

ORCHESTRA MUSIC

We are trying not to use so much paper as we are mindful of the planet so maybe you could download the PDF and read it from a computer or tablet. A good apple app for this is forScore and for android, try mobilesheets. If you would like a paper copy of your part, please ask Mrs Malone or one of the year 6 prefects. 

 

  1. Basingstoke Music Festival Letter 2019
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  2. Back to the Future Orch - Alto Sax 2
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  3. Back to the Future Orch - Bass Drum
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  4. Back to the Future Orch - Bassoon
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  5. Back to the Future Orch - Cello 1
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  6. Back to the Future Orch - Cello 2
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  7. Back to the Future Orch - Clarinet 1
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  8. Back to the Future Orch - Clarinet 2
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  9. Back to the Future Orch - Euphonium
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  10. Back to the Future Orch - Flute 1
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  11. Back to the Future Orch - Flute 2
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  12. Back to the Future Orch - Flute 3
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  13. Back to the Future Orch - Horn in F
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  14. Back to the Future Orch - Oboe
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  15. Back to the Future Orch - Snare Drum
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  16. Back to the Future Orch - Suspended Cymbals (mallets)
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  17. Back to the Future Orch - Trombone
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  18. Back to the Future Orch - Trumpet 1
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  19. Back to the Future Orch - Trumpet 2
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  20. Back to the Future Orch - Viola
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  21. Back to the Future Orch - Violin 1
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  22. Back to the Future Orch - Violin 2
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  23. Back to the Future Orch - Violin 3
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  24. Back to the Future Orch - Alto Sax 1
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  25. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Alto Sax 1
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  26. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Alto Sax 2
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  27. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Bass Drum
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  28. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Cello 2
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  29. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Clarinet 1 (easier)
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  30. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Clarinet 1
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  31. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Clarinet 2
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  32. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Cymbals (Hi-Hat)
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  33. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Euphonium
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  34. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Flute 1 (High)
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  35. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Flute 1 (Low) Piccolo
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  36. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Flute 1 New version
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  37. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Flute 2 3
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  38. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Horn in F
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  39. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Oboe
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  40. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Side Drum
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  41. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Trombone Cello 1
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  42. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Trumpet 1 Cornet 1
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  43. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Trumpet 2 3
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  44. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Violin 1
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  45. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Violin 2
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  46. Tiger Rag School Orchestra Version September 2018 - Violin 3
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  47. Orchestra Information Leaflet
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