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Pool School Singers at Christmas

A selection of photos of Pool School Singers on tour.

Pool School Singers on Tour - Christmas 2019
Our singers from Pool School performed at several events over the Christmas period.  We started by opening the Christmas Fair at school and then singing at Otley Victorian Fayre.  Seven Year 6 girls then sang at the Town Hall as part of a 300 strong choir of children across Leeds (we are very proud of Ellen, Megan, Florence, Anja, Emma, Iris and Harriet).  We also sang at the Otley Action for Older People Christmas Lunch at Wharfedale Court, which included lovely audience participation during the 'Twelve Days of Christmas'.  We rounded off our performing this year by singing in a special school service where we performed 'Sparkle and Shine' and 'Together at Christmas Time'.  Mrs Lowe is incredibly proud of all the children who have been part of the singing group (including the time they have spent learning songs off by heart) and would like to thank parents for giving such amazing support.
Celebrating St Wilfrid's 140th Birthday
Eleven children and Mrs Lowe helped St Wilfrid's to celebrate its birthday and sang during its special service.  They beautifully sang 'Our Father - Carribean Version' acapella. Thank you to William, Nell, Olivia, Grace, Alissia, Eva, Martha E, Martha G, Sophie, Caitlyn and Molly and their parents.  We also really enjoyed the cake!
Music Mark and BBC Music Day Certificates

On Thursday 26th September, Pool School celebrated BBC Music Day along with around 3000 other schools in the country. We had a special assembly where we learnt about the importance of warming up our voices and practised warm up activities. We also learnt a new song 'Somewhere Only We Know' and sang it beautifully.

Summer 2019
Choir performed in an assembly with Year 3 recorder players.  Choir sang 'Power in Me', 'Rockstar' and 'Wonder' brilliantly.  The children also sang 'Power in Me' in Church during a special end of year service.

Pool Choir on Tour
The children loved performing today at the Otley Action for the Elderly's Christmas Lunch at Wharfedale Court. Twenty-six children sang to, and mingled beautifully with, the people at the lunch. Well done, Choir! Mrs Lowe was very proud of all of you!
Leeds Schools Music Association (LSMA) Festival Concert 2018

On Tuesday 4 December 2018, 10 children from our choir participated in the LSMA Festival Concert at Leeds Town Hall. It's a wonderful experience for the children and their families and starts off Christmas with a bang! Well done to Holly, Anja, Livie, Harriet, Lucy, Emma, Sophie, Florence, Iris and Emily who worked hard during the rehearsals and sang their hearts out at the concert! Huge thanks to Mrs Lowe and Mrs Di Palma-Heath for giving up their own time to accompany the girls to the dress rehearsal and the concert itself.

Otley Victorian Fayre 2018

A fantastic performance by Pool Choir at Otley Victorian Fayre. Twenty-two children from Years 3,4 and 5 performed. The children sang brilliantly both accompanied and unaccompanied. Well done! Thank you for all the support from parents, grandparents and friends also!

Musical Extravaganza 2018 at Yeadon Town Hall

Another wonderful night at the LMSA Festival Choir Concert (Leeds Town Hall). Well done girls!

Thank you for participating in the Christmas Concert at Leeds Town Hall

We had a fantastic time performing at Otley Victorian Fayre. Thank you to parents for bringing your children... and children -you were brilliant! Definitely the best performance from Pool School yet! Everyone who was there was very proud of you, particularly Mrs Lowe!

Otley Victorian Fayre 2017
Pool School's Musical Innovation Project

In 2017, Pool secured £500 from the Leeds Music Education Partnership for a Musical Innovation Project. Firstly, this money was used to fund a day of interactive musical concerts with Maia, a folk rock band, on 26th May. Every class participated in one of four concerts throughout the day. Activities included learning songs, actions, focusing on rhythm and learning about instruments. All classes had a fantastic time, shown by the enormous smiles on the faces of the children. The remainder of the money was used to purchase 15 glockenspiels to be used specifically for the BBC Music Day concert below.
BBC Music Day - An amazing whole school concert

On Friday 9th June, Pool School put on a fantastic musical concert. We started by singing a school favourite, 'We Will Rock You' by Queen. Then every class performed their own compositions based on one of the BBC Ten Pieces. Each response was unique and the children demonstrated that they had carefully thought about the pieces and focused on particular musical skills e.g. Year 1 focused on pulse and rhythm, Year 6 on creating melodic ostinato (repeated melodies), Year Four focused on creating rhythmic ostinato (repeated rhythms). As part of the concert, we announced the poster competition winners. Thank you to all those children who entered. Mrs Fox had lots of posters to chose from. Well done to Caspar in Year 1 and Alice in Year 6 who were winners! As we left the hall we sang 'Thank you for the Music' - a fitting end to a wonderful concert! There are some extracts from the performances below. These have been edited due to size.

Casper and Alice's winning entries!
BBC Music Day
We Will Rock You
Reception - Hall of the Mountain King
Year 2 - Firebird
Year 3 - Firebird
Year 6 - Mambo from West Side Story
Maia
Pool Choir does the school proud!

our younger members. Well done, Choir! We are very proud! If any parents have any photos we would love a copy.

Christmas 2016 was very busy for Pool Choir this year. We performed at the School Christmas Fair, Otley Victorian Fayre and Otley Action for Older People's Christmas lunch at Wharfedale Court. Though we were a small group at the Victorian Fayre, it meant the children could have a microphone each and the man organising the sound said we sounded brilliant! Mr Lowe said it was our best performance yet....and he has to go every year!

On Tuesday 6th December, eight children from Year 6 joined approximately 350 other children in Leeds Town Hall for a Leeds-wide Christmas Festival Concert. As always, it was a very Christmassy event! Our Year 6s sang brilliantly and behaved amazingly. Mrs Di Palma-Heath and I were very proud. 'Saviour's Day' was a particular highlight!

Mrs Lowe
Music Leader
Thank you letter - LMSA Leeds Town Hall Concert - December 2016
Otley Victorian Fayre 2016
Behind the scenes at the Leeds Schools' Music Association Christmas Festival Concert 2016
Otley Action for Older People's Christmas lunch at Wharfedale Court 2016
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