The London Youth Choir will be working in three schools this year, Hollickwood, Parkfield and Underhill. We hope to expand choir numbers and improve practice in these settings through this specialist work. LYC are delivering the Aspire programme to develop musical skills and help the students to gain Arts Award Discover. The project will consist of a series of choral workshops in these 3 primary schools for Years 4 & 5, a programme of CPD for future singing leaders and the opportunity for a new group of Junior Apprentices to join the LYC Junior Choirs.
This year’s Infant Music Festival saw 51 schools coming together in cluster festivals to sing 3 massed songs and performing their own individual song. This year’s theme was Space and the festival took place from 16-20 October.
Barnet Schools Music Festival 2018 will be held at Artsdepot, Finchley from 11-14 June and 18 -21 June. This year BEAT are inviting children between the ages of 7 and 12yrs to compose one of the massed choir songs.
Currently based at St Marys and St Johns, Sunningfields Road, Hendon, NW4, HMC musicians continue to raise standards. Last year saw the Senior Concert Band perform to great acclaim in 4 concerts whilst on tour in Belgium to audiences in Hasselt, La Boverie, Liege and Eglise St Remacle. They also performed in their annual concert on the Bandstand in Golders Hill Park in June.
We are always looking for new members. More information can be found here.
Spring 2017 saw the latest installment in BYBB‘s Spring Jazz series at a packed Mill Hill East Church, together with Abdul William’s Steel Pan Orchestra. The band played everything from Harlem-inspired roots jazz, through to big band arrangements and foot-stomping Latin number The Peanut Vendor, and even some Fatboy Slim! In the summer, we joined with the other flagship ensembles to play a night of film music at the Regent Hall in Oxford Circus, with Music from E.T. and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries particular highlights.
Our winter concert sees us returning to the atmospheric St. John the Evangelist’s Church, Friern Barnet with One Voice Choir, with an ambitious programme featuring Gustav Holst’s classic brass band composition A Moorside Suite, music from Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, and numbers by Stevie Wonder and Björk!
We are always on the lookout for talented young musicians, so do get in touch if you play to a grade 4 standard. We are particularly on the lookout for tubas and horns, but we can take musicians on any brass instrument.
It feels especially appropriate to be attached to BEAT because my own musical education from age 11-21 was supplied by Barnet. I very much look forward to my involvement with the organisation.
Gala Concert at Regent Hall, Oxford Street
Due to the success of our concert at Regent Hall this year, there will be another Gala Concert next year on Saturday 7th July, presented by some of our Flagship groups: Barnet Youth Orchestra, Barnet Youth Wind Orchestra, and Barnet Youth Brass Band.
The concert will take place at Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DJ. Further details will be available closer to the event.
Well done to Monkfrith School’s Recorder Ensemble for their performance at the North London Festival of Music, Drama and Dance. Led by BEAT’s Rita Porzi, the children played beautifully – including some tasteful and tuneful kazoo (not words you often see in the same sentence!) – and were judged outstanding by the adjudicator.
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Barnet Schools’ Music Festival 2017 takes place in June on 12th – 15th and 19th – 22nd. The festival, now in its 17th year, will run for eight days at the Artsdepot in North Finchley and feature children from primary and secondary schools from across the borough. At the heart of the festival, children join forces to perform as a massed choir singing a wide range of songs, including performing a 20 minute version of Orpheus and Eurydice with the English Pocket Opera Company!
In addition, all schools performed their own item of music, reflecting the diversity, variety and excellence of music in Barnet schools.