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
Music plays an important role in the lives of children 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 Redlands are wide and varied and 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 children present an end of year performance in collaboration with Acorn Theatre.
- Summer Celebration and Christmas concerts - children 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 Redlands.
Every year groups of children from years 4, 5 and 6 travel on a noisy coach to Sheffield Arena to perform with the Young Voices band. Everyone works hard during the rehearsals and, after a picnic tea, sing out hearts out with thousands of other children from all over the country. Here are a couple of short clips from previous years.
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 practising in September!!