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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
HMS lessons will not begin until after October 2020 half term.

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.

Music Clubs
No Music Clubs will be available at the beginning of this year, the website will be updated and the children will be informed when they restart.
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.

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.

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. 

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.

Music Documents

Concert for Harry 11th February 2020

On Tuesday 11th February 37 of our pupils took part in a concert for Harry, one of our children whose family are raising money to take him to the USA for surgery.  Velmead Voices and Ukulele Band performed on stage at St Philips and St James’ Church as well as Fleet Community Recorder Ensemble and Shuffletunes Choir.  The final piece in the concert was Shuffletunes Choir singing All You Need is Love, all of the children and audience joined the choir filling the church with an amazing sound. This was a wonderful community event.  At the end of the concert there were refreshments and a raffle all donated by the performers.  In total we raised £700, which is an amazing achievement in just over an hour!  Thank you to everyone for supporting this wonderful event.   

The Velmead School Song - January 2020

During January Mrs Riggs, from Hampshire Music Service visited us over three weeks to write our own school song.  She worked with Year 6 to write the lyrics, which are based on the 7 Velmead Values.  Then the Musicians played the music and the whole school were taught how to sing song in an assembly. The final week of this project, will be a recording on the whole school performing the Velmead School Song. 

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!!

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.  

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