“I don't sing because I'm happy....... I'm happy because I sing!”
At Orchard we have an Infant and a Junior Choir. We encourage the children who join to make a commitment to the group, try their best and have fun!
We try to instill the joy of music and singing into them, starting at Reception class.
Singing as part of a Choir, is a powerful, uplifting experience.
The benefits to the child, physically, emotionally and socially is huge!
They learn to listen, concentrate, cooperate and commit to rehearsals.
During the year the Choirs take part in a number of exciting activities. This gives them the opportunity to perform as the Orchard Choir, and to experience performing with other children.... with other Bexley Choirs and Choirs from around the country. This enhances self esteem, motivation and pride, in themselves and their Choir.
Over the year the Choirs perform :
at local Churches and Care Homes
at Carols by Candlelight Evening
the Junior Choir sings in the Young Voices Choir at the 02 Arena
the Junior Choir participates in the Bird College Festival of Music , at the Royal Festival Hall
the Infant Choir take part in our Summer Concert and Tea Party
the Junior Choir performs at Summer Celebration Evening
The Choirs are also involved in fundraising activities. We raise money for Demelza House and the 'Back to School Project' (linked to VSO Nigeria)
We are very proud of our Orchard Parent Choir, which is a small group of parents who give of their time and enthusiasm . They sing with us at Christmas and perform at our Summer Celebration Evening.
The ethos of our Choir can be summed up in this way:
Young Voices - Junior Choir -2017
Mrs Gwillam took the Junior choir to the O2 in Greenwich for their annual 'Young Voices Choir'.
They were not alone, but part of a group of over 120,000 excited singing school children aged from 6-13.
This event is a particular favourite for Mrs Gwillam and of course the choir. It is an opportunity to become part of a united singing voice, which is a remarkable experience for our choir. The songs and dances they learn before the event range from folk, pop, rock and classical to give our aspiring vocalist a varied genre.
The group which organises the events believe that children's confidence will be boosted and it will provide them with lifelong memories. The Young Voices Choir has been in existence for 21 years and has raised over 1 million pounds for charities such as CLIC Sargent, Nordolf Robbins and many more. We at Orchard are always so proud to be involved in such a worthwhile organisation.... and to have lots of fun along the way!
This is an unmissable opportunity for our school choir and to sing in huge arenas alongside some of the most talented & well known artists from the world of music. The artists included Natalie Williams- a popular soul/jazz artist, singer & songwriter. The Beatbox Collective kept everyone entertained with their amazing sounds using only their mouths! Tabby Callaghan, a guitar slinging performer wowed everyone with his high energy performances. Of course, Urban Strides were with us again and they had the children and their parents up on their feet dancing!
Hearing the sound of thousands of children singing in harmony is an amazing connection for them to be part of. Young Voices combines the power of singing together as one, with accompaniment from a wide range of musicians and artists, to create an amazing performance.
Mrs Gwillams favourite was 'Maliswe', a song from South Africa, which sounded amazing as we were accompanied by African drums! Of course 'Pop Medley' had all the Young Voices Choir and their teachers up singing and dancing with great enthusiasm and gusto!
Thank you Mrs Gwillam for your time and devotion for making it possible for Orchard Junior Choir to take part in this event,
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