Music plays an important role in the lives of the students here at Redlands.
We believe that the benefits of children accessing a broad range of musical experiences and activities is vital to their all-round educational development. Music helps to develop numeracy, languages, memorisation techniques, physical co-ordination, and an understanding of the wider world and other cultures. It also allows students to become creative thinkers, build their confidence, and develop a sense of communal pride.
Musical opportunities here at the school include:
- Whole class Ukulele lessons provided by a visiting music tutor
- Workshops with professional musicians such as Voces8 – the internationally renowned a Capella group
- Young Voices Group - Each year the school participates in the national Young Voices festival performing with thousands of other children at Sheffield Arena. This is an experience they will never forget as they become part of a full arena stage show with live band and stars from the world of music such as Tony Hadley.
- School choir - The school choir performs at a number of events through the year including entry into the Worksop Music festival.
- Year 6 students present an end of year performance in collaboration with Acorn Theatre.
- Summer Celebration and Christmas concerts - Students of all ages prepare and perform at two of the key events in our school calendar.
Music brings all the educational advantages mentioned above, but most significantly it brings fun and joy to the classroom. It helps our children engage with one another and the wider world and helps them to create memories that will remain with them long after they leave the school.
I don't sing because I am happy, I am happy because I sing - William James We don't sing because we are happy, we are happy because we sing - Redlands Choir
On the 11th of January 2019, lots of year 4, 5 and 6 children traveled on a noisy bus to Sheffield Arena to perform with Tony Hadley and the Young Voices band. Everyone worked hard during the rehearsal and, after a picnic tea, sang out hearts out with thousands of other children from all of the country. Here are a couple of short clips from 2019. We are really looking forward to 2020 already.
Christmas is always a busy time for singers and for our choir it means performing at Worksop Christmas lights switch-on, at school, at church and at a local nursing home. We love singing the Christmas songs and start practicing in September!!