Verena Watkiss's blog
Music Cornwall staff and pupils from across the county saw a fantastic end to the term with a joint concert from many ensembles and a joint cluster choir from local schools.
Parents and teachers joined the audience at St. Johns hall in Penzance for an ‘out of this world’ space themed concert.
The Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra led by Janet Elston opened the concert followed by a 100 strong cluster choir made up from pupils at Connor Downs, Godolphin, Crowan, Ludgvan and St. Erth.
I had a great time this weekend coaching the junior clarinet choir.
We met at Bodriggy school in Hayle for the morning on Sunday, and as a former member of the county woodwind choirs I love that I am now able to help out with these talented youngsters.
The flutes spent 3 hours playing together while the clarinets (and a couple of saxes) and I played together.
The parents returned at the end of the session to hear (and join in with) our pieces!
We played several pieces and joined together for one big woodwind choir performance.
You can check out our performance here...
What an exciting half term with Halloween, Bonfire night (and my daughters birthday) all in one week.
It seems crazy that no longer are the haloween goods off the shelf that Christmas dominates the shops. However, at school we have to start on the christmas plays/nativities/music to get them ready in time for Christmas.
I'm not sure who gets more excited really - me or the kids!
Well, we're nearly there...
Three more days to half term!
This week we are making spooky Halloween songs in school. One primary I work in are lucky enough to own a set of iPads so we will be using garag band to compose.
Have a listen to one here...
Have a great half term and most of all have a spooktacular Halloween!
I always think it is quite exciting when you are asked to cover for a colleague as you get to visit new schools, new pupils and you get a small insight into how other staff teach and the repertoire they use.
Since starting back I have been able to help out for a couple of colleagues both for the curriculum team and the woodwind. I have really enjoyed the experience. Some pupils have said "we did this with ..." and others say "we enjoyed learning that".
Autumn is definitely here, it seems to have hit over night!
Most schools are busy preparing for harvest festival and the curriculum support team are on hand to help with musical content.
Some of the songs we have practiced at Ludgvan include cauliflowers fluffy, pears and apples, harvest samba and the more traditional all things bright and beautiful.
I am sure there will be some instrumental performances in schools and what ever your school(s) are up to I hope all goes well and you have a lovely service.
This week has been my first full week back to work and a bit of a shock to the system (especially as I have to get two young children ready for school as well as myself!)
However - this half term always seems the most enjoyable as staff and pupils always seem more relaxed after a few weeks off and therefore more refreshed.
I have some great new ideas to try out from our inset days and have started work already for harvest festivals.
After a fantastic four weeks of sunshine (not in this country!) it's back to work.
We had a great start to the term with inspire works and Samba from Andy Billham (music Cornwall specialist) and the inset day is always a great chance to catch up with colleagues that we don't always get to see on a daily basis.
Most of us are involved in demos this week - inspiring young people to start their musical journeys, and setting up timetables.
Here's looking forward to a good term.
This week I have been a part of a really exciting joint venture.
As a part of Ludgvan school, together with Hayle, Gwinear, St, Erth, St. Hilaryand Leedstown we have put on a production of Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat.
We started the whole process back in January and after many rehearsals at individual schools and together at Hayle, the first show was performed last Wednesday at Hayle school.
Last night I went to Helston school summer concert and as an ex-pupil of the school it was a privilege to be back on the stage and helping out.