School Orchestra

The fantastic musicians in our school orchestra played three pieces at their end-of-term summer concert. They started off with an arrangement of SPIDERMAN, which has lots of surprising changes and jumps in it – just like Spiderman himself! Next was the beautiful waltz EDELWEISS from the Sound of Music. The melody gets passed around from instrument to instrument, with the violins and tuned percussion providing a pretty accompaniment. Last was a specially arranged medley of two African songs, MBUBE (better known as The Lion Sleeps Tonight) from South Africa, and MATADJEM by the fabulous Mauritanian group Tinariwen.

Bernd Rest, the orchestra leader, would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the children in the orchestra for their fantastic music making. You’re great!! And a special good-bye to the year 6s, most of whom were in the orchestra from the very beginning. You’ve contributed so much over the years – wishing you all the best for your musical future in secondary school and beyond.

And now it’s time for new young musicians to join the school orchestra! The club runs on Thursdays after school and is open to children from Year 3–6 who have instrumental lessons in school or outside school, playing any string or wind instrument (including recorder), piano, acoustic guitar or tuned percussion, and are able to read very basic notation. Pieces we have played in the past include arrangements of classical themes by Verdi, Purcell and Offenbach, Eastern European folk music, film music, some jazz tunes and original compositions – the list goes on! Bernd takes great care when arranging the music, adapting each child’s part to their individual ability, so that everyone can contribute with a part appropriate to their level – from near beginners to very experienced children who go on to play in Brighton’s Youth orchestras. Please get in touch with him on 07977 442 843 or if you have any questions. Looking forward to lots of music making in September!