There’s not many better opportunities in Year 5 and 6 than singing with a live link to the amazing Manhattan School of Music! The Upper School Choir were absolutely outstanding.
The Lower School Choir were a little nervous about singing to their old teachers, but they were determined to show their ability. A few pupils sang solos so beautifully and more importantly with confidence. Their old teachers and infant children were very impressed.
The Upper School Choir were invited to perform at Churchfields Infants’ School. They behaved impeccably throughout and looked as smart as ever. Their singing was incredible and they were very confident when they sang “Heroes.”
The main ‘hook’ of this song came from the natural rhythm of a list of harvest crops (wheat, corn , radish, potato). We then followed this with a list of autumn colours (gold, red, orange and brown) to complete an answering phrase.
This song has balanced phrases in both verse and chorus where the answering phrase keeps the same lyric. In the verse the answering phrase is ‘Because it’s autumn’ and in the chorus it is, ‘It’s harvest’. The question and answering phrases are sung by different groups in the chorus and this emphasises this technique.
The main idea for the chorus of this song came from the half-rhyme ‘Grow wheat, row, and reap’. This rhyme seemed to suit a syncopated and swung rhythm. This gave the song a jazzy feel. We also used this rhyme for our instrumental introduction.
The verse of this song came from the lyrics, ’In autumn, we gather the crops’. The rest after ‘autumn’ and a natural swung rhythm really set the feel of this song. The immortal lines, ‘All the crops in summer are making winter funner’ set the whole tone for the chorus as they seemed to immediately suggest a strong chromatic melodic idea to the class.
This was one of the biggest challenges for Mrs Field and her Upper School Choir. Prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics, we were invited to be part of the handover of the Olympic torch, involving a live video conference with a school in Sao Paulo. We sang a song in Portugese Brazillian. Mrs Field choose ‘A Whole New World,’ from Aladdin as the tune the pupils would already know.