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Music at our School

Velmead Junior School have been awarded the Music Mark by Hampshire Music Service (HMS) for our contribution to music events in Hampshire. We took part in the HMS Vocal Festival and the HMS Recorder Jamboree over the last year and hope to take part in similar events in 2019. 
Well done Team Velmead, this is a great achievement!


At Velmead Junior School every child will have their music lessons in class with their own teacher, however there are lots more ways to enjoy music here.

Instrument Lessons
There is also the opportunity to have lessons from Hampshire Music Service to learn a specific instrument for example the Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Keyboard, Trumpet, Saxophone, Strings, Brass, Drums/Percussion etc.  If you are interested in these lessons please ask the office for more information.

In September 2016 Rocksteady Music Lessons began. For more information about Rocksteady and how to apply for a place please click here.

Music Clubs
All Music Clubs are free to attend and run by Mrs Mack and Mrs Burrell in the music room.
For more information about all of the clubs and when they run, please look at the clubs page by clicking here. 

Music Concerts
We usually hold a concert towards the end of the Autumn and Summer Terms. However there are also lots of other opportunities for the children to perform to the school and visitors.  Concerts will be advertised in the newsletters and in the school calendar.

HMS Primary Vocal Festival March 2019

We took 27 of our singers to join over 120 children from 5 local schools to sing at Calthorpe Park School.  This was an amazing event, the singing was fantastic and the behaviour of our children was impeccable. 

Hampshire Music Service Recorder Jamboree 20th June 2019

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On Thursday 20th June 8 members of the Recorder Ensemble went to the HMS Recorder Jamboree in Chandlers Ford, Nr Winchester.  They practiced for the afternoon with Karen Middleton a HMS Recorder Specialist along with nearly 100 children from other schools and a live band. Then we preformed a concert to a large audience of famly and friends. Well done to everyone who took part.  Thank you to Mr Pulman for driving the minibus and the Parents that were able to attend the concert and return the children home.  

Summer Music Concert 3rd July 2019

Forty seven children from all year groups took part in the Summer Music Concert.   The children all performed with great confident even though some were quite nervous.  They all sang and played their pieces of music with real enthusiasm and confidence.  The audience of parents were treated to a variety of music fromall of the recirder clubs.  We would like to say a special thank you to Sharon Mortimer and the Year 6 girls who organised the raffle and baked the beautiful cakes in the afternoon raising money for the Ocean Stars Trust, the Year 6 Team charity.  

Music Documents

Music Events

Our first concert this term will be to raise money for a pupil of the school who needs surgery in the USA.  On Tuesday 11th February, we will be holding a concert at St Philip's and St James' Church at 7pm. The cconcert will also have performances from Fleet Community Recorder Ensemble and Shuffletunes Choir. 

Our music clubs will be working towards a concert to the whole school on 25th March, unfortunately families will not be invited to this concert.  The next concert to family and friends will be in the Summer Term, the date will go onto the calendar as soon as it is confirmed. 

Recorder Workshops and Assembly 8th January 2020

We were very lucky to have a visit from recorder specialists, Tom and Lizzie, who performed for our children last year on their recorders.  On this visit they ran two workshops for our recorder groups.  Lizzie arranged a piece of music for the occasion, which they then taught to both groups.  The children really enjoyed learning the new piece and also learning how to listen, breathe and play their instruments in an ensemble.

At the end of the workshops, the groups played their final piece in a whole school assembly.  This was a huge achievement as they only had about an hour to learn this new piece of music. Tom and Lizzie then played two pieces of music with Mrs Burrell and Mrs Mack, (Descant, Treble, Tenor and Bass) to show how the different recorders can sound played in a quartet.

Following the concert, we have had lots interest from new children wanting to learn to play join our club. The recorder is a very maligned instrument, it really can sound amazing when played well! It is really rewarding to know this event has inspired some more children to want to play recorder.

Christmas Concert 4th December 2019

On Wednesday evening 66 of our children performed at the Christmas Concert.  Velmead Voices, Recorder Ensemble, Hand Chimes, Orchestra Ensemble and the Ukulele Band all performed confidently to a huge audience of around 150 friends and family. That was a great way to start Christmas. The collection at the end of the concert raised almost £100 for the Ocean Stars Trust.  Well done to everyone!!

Ocean Stars Variety Concert 12th October 2019

Twenty five children took part in the concert, our pupils performed brilliantly in their own groups and with Fleet Comunity Recorder Ensemble and Calthorpe Park School Jazz Band. The event raised £675 for the children in Sri Lanka. For more information go to the oceanstars website.

Recorder Ensemble at South Farnborough Infant School 13th February 2019

On Wednesday 13th February our Recorder Ensemble went to South Farnborough Infant School to perform.  The Year 2 children are be learning to play the Recorder this term, their teachers wanted the children to hear our musicians play.  We took 5 different recorders, the Bass, Tenor, Treble, Descant and Sopranino and played a variety of music for the children.





Hampshire Music Service Vocal Festival 2019

Velmead Voices are taking part in a Festival on Tuesday 19th March 2019 with 5 other local schools.  Our children will sing with up to 100 singers to perform music that they have been practicing this term.  Mrs Alison Kelly from Hampshire Music Service (HMS) will be conducting this huge choir.  She visited Velmead in January to teach the children some of the songs.  The final concert will be held at Calthorpe Park School in their hall, to an audience of friends and family of the children. 





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