Music at Cantrell

Music plays an important role at Cantrell, especially singing. All children have the opportunity to sing a wide range of songs every week in our singing assembly.  In addition to this, they also learnt to sing and sign using Makaton, which is done in our signing assembly.  All children from Year 1 upwards take part in an annual carol service held at St Mary’s Church in Bulwell.  Children in Foundation stage hold their own Christmas musical productions.

Choir

From Year 3, children are able to join the school’s very successful choir. Lead by our deputy headteacher Miss Ellis, the children learn a variety of songs from current pop songs, musical theatre and songs from films. One of the highlights is performing at Young Voices at Sheffield Arena.  The children also have the opportunity to perform at various events throughout the year including the Bulwell Christmas light switch on and Christmas in the City concerts.

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Whole Class Ensemble and Area Band

In Year 4, every child has the opportunity to learn either the trumpet, cornet or baritone. Taught by a professional music teacher from Nottingham Music Service, the children learn how to play simple tunes and read music.  The children then have the opportunity to continue learning their instrument in Year 5 by attending Music Camp and Area Band, which are run by Nottingham Music Service.

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At Music Camp, the children take part in an intensive two-day residential at Ilam Hall in Derbyshire where their musical skills are developed through a range of fun activities and rehearsals.

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Children from Cantrell form part of Area Band North-West, which meets every Tuesday at another local school. Here, children from Years 5 and 6 who continue learning their brass instrument learn to play a range of classical and modern music, both from written music and aurally (without the music written down.)  Each year, they perform three concerts at venues across Nottingham.

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