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.
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.
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.
Following on from their success at the 2015 Oakhill Festival, Barnet’s Rockin’ Bones are really on the move. They have successfully qualified for the 2016 Battle Of The Bands competition despite being so young and have also been entered for the 2016 National Festival For Youth.
If you haven’t seen them play they will be performing at the EBMC end of term concert at 10am on the 28th November, The Beehive Pub in Bush Hill park at 6pm on the 29th November, Guns and Smoke in High Barnet on the 6th December and even playing a private gig for Saracens Rugby Club on the 4th December!
Looking forward to another exciting year of making music and having fun!