The Five LMM days of Christmas Creativity Week

Katrina Damigos

Our Christmas creativity week was brimming with concerts, assemblies and workshops across all seven of our schools. It was exciting to welcome new violinists and cellists in Year 1 and Year 2 to the London Music Masters family and see their amazing progress in the short space of this term so far.

We kicked off Monday with a captivating assembly at Jessop Primary School given by the Harlem Quartet who performed a late Beethoven Quartet to an enthusiastic assembly audience. The New York – based quartet continued later that morning with an inspiring chamber music workshop on Faure’s Pavane with the Year 4, 5 and 6 violinists. Meanwhile across the river, Year 1, 2 and 3 at St Barnabas’ CE Primary School were giving a concert at St Barnabas Church, taking full advantage of the fantastic surround sound acoustic by playing from all different parts of the church. Later that afternoon back at Jessop, all violinists and cellists from each year group came together for their Christmas Concert to perform for parents and teachers.

Students from Jessop Primary School with the Harlem Quartet

Tuesday saw a lively showcase of Year 3 and 4 musicianship students at Prior Weston Primary School, teaching their parents to read rhythms and sing solfege at their assembly. Meanwhile at Queen’s Park Primary School, around 80 violinists in Year 1 and 2 performed a Queen’s Park themed ‘Hokey Cokey’ to a packed hall of other students and parents.

Year 3 and 4 students at Prior Weston Primary School

On Wednesday, the Year 1 violinists and cellists of Prior Weston, pioneering the new instrumental programme there this term, wowed with a brilliant concert en masse. Whilst the Year 3 and 4 violinists gave impressive performances at Queen’s Park Primary. At the same time Year 1, 2 and 3 violinists at Jubilee Primary Primary School were also demonstrating their hard work this term in front of the whole school at a special assembly. Later that afternoon at St Mary’s Bryanston Square Primary School, violinists and cellists in Year 1 and 2, as well as Year 3 and 4 students of the new musicianship programme, put on a rich and varied concert for the whole school and their parents. That evening, violinists at Ashmole Primary School entertained commuters at Oval tube station busking with carols, joined by a supportive troupe of singing parents.

Busking at Oval tube station

The next morning, Ashmole musicians were up early and playing again at their orchestral concert of Christmas carols at school where some impressive conducting debuts were also made in addition to the orchestral performances!

Thursday also marked the beginning of our new LMM Champions programme, with children from the primary school programme and our LMM Alumni beginning a year long programme exploring and developing leadership and creativity. We were extremely lucky to have renowned singer and experienced mentor Nadine Benjamin lead the workshops with the Champions, helping them discover for themselves what they wanted to achieve as part of the programme. Each child made a commitment to themselves for one thing that they can work on through the year, whether it was their public speaking, group confidence or self-motivation.

Nadine Benjamin leading a workshop with our LMM Champions

On Friday, we had another rousing morning Musicianship assembly at Prior Weston, this time with Year 5 and 6 leading their parents in a mass body percussion performance. A concert at Ashmole Primary School in the afternoon concluded our busy week, where audiences were treated to a sophisticated performance of the ‘Seitz Concerto’ by Year 6 violin group amongst other superb performances from the violinists and cellists.

A body percussion performance at Ashmole Primary School

Well done to everyone who participated in this fantastic week of musical activity, we wish you a happy holiday!

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