“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:
The Royal Festival Hall - 2016
On the 24th June 2016, our Junior Choir took part in the Bird College 'Festival of Music' at the Royal Festival Hall in London. After having our lunch on the Southbank and participating in some fun street theatre and watching the incredible skate boarders in the skate park... 'It was show time!'
The Primary Schools Choir, of 400 children, sang a repertoire of songs together: Circle of Life, Africa, Can you Hear Me?, Hey Brother, Sky Full of Stars. The Choir was accompanied by the Primary Massed Orchestra. The Secondary Schools choir of 250 young people sang 2 songs: God Only Knows & Changes. During the evening we were able to watch a number of amazing performers by: Primary Massed Orchestra, Bird College Brass Tacks, a clarinet/flute soloists, Bexley Youth Band, Bexley Youth Orchestra and First Access Ensemble.
It was a fantastic concert and our choir performed beautifully on
stage. It was a lovely experience for all Junior Choir. Our Head
Teacher, Mrs Rowntree watched the show, and she was very proud of our Orchard children.
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