Music is an integral part of life here at Whitehall Park School. Children are immersed in music from the morning, when we sing together and learn new pieces during singing assembly, to the afternoon when we have the whole class music lessons, lunchtime choir, peripatetic instrument lessons, and musical after school clubs.
WPS Choir perform at Union Chapel.
On Wednesday 4th July Whitehall Park Choir made their highly-anticipated debut performance at the Union Chapel Pure Voices concert! It was an exciting day for everyone and the children worked tirelessly running up to the performance, committing to lunchtime rehearsals once a week and squeezing extra rehearsals in where we could! The choir worked hard to learn all their different parts and dance moves and enjoyed singing alongside other schools from Islington to create one mass choir which sounded absolutely beautiful. The pupils kept up the energy levels in rehearsals and concentrated hard despite having some quite tricky parts to sing but luckily the thought of their yummy packed dinner kept them going and filled them with the enthusiasm ready for the performance.
The atmosphere was brilliant inside the chapel as the audience began to grow, and everyone was buzzing with excitement to perform on stage. It was fantastic to see how encouraging the choir were to each other and how they have grown to work as one big team, supporting and encouraging each other as well as taking on all the performance tips that were given to them! It was a great experience for the choir to watch the other schools perform and listen to such a range of different genres of music!
As our school was announced the choir took to stage like professionals. They looked out at a gigantic audience and gave the performance absolutely everything. It was full of passion, energy, big smiles and beautiful voices! We are all so proud of the choir, and they should feel so proud of themselves for representing our school at this event. All I have heard is praise for their fantastic performance and they absolutely deserve it!
We are looking forward to working towards our next performance and building on developing the pupils vocal skills and having more opportunities to perform at events!
Well done Choir!
This is a weekly event loved by all the children, where the whole school comes together to sing and enjoy our time together as a school community. We learn new songs each week and have an impressive repertoire of pieces old and new. Many of the children play a vital role in the running of the assembly by accompanying the singers using percussion instruments and creating actions and dances to perform along with the songs.
Our school choir is run during lunchtime and is comprised of year 2 and 3 students. Our song list includes pop, Disney, and folk songs; Believe from The Polar Express, How Far I’ll Go from Moana, Roar by Katy Perry and The Rattling Bog, a traditional folk tune, are all firm favourites.
Last term was very busy for the choir with lots of rehearsals leading up to their debut performance at our festive concert and Winter Wonderland event.The choir also performed at the Arts First music event and made us very proud with their brilliant first performance outside of school! We hope to be involved with more concerts around the school and North London, so do look out for us! If you would like to join, auditions are held at the start of every school year.
Children are encouraged to explore and understand the concepts of pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo and notation through their time studying music in class. The children have the opportunity to perform and compose in both solo and ensemble settings during these lessons. They will be exposed to a range of different instruments and musical styles to encourage their musical development and will have fun in the process!
Peripatetic Music Lessons
Currently we offer individual Piano lessons, and group lessons for Trumpet, Guitar and Violin and keyboard. The lessons are given during the day by experienced instrumental tutors. Throughout the year the children are encouraged to perform during concerts at school to showcase what they have learnt during their lessons. We have found that this greatly improves the children’s confidence, encourages a love of performing and inspires other children at the school to learn an instrument.
If you have any instruments that you are able to donate to the school, we would be incredibly grateful, as this would enable many more children to enjoy the valuable gift of music!