Musical Summer Listening


Musical Summer listening:

Have a great Summer everyone.

I’ve put links to lots of instrumental and choral music for you to listen to. I hope I have put something for everyone’s taste.

There is also a little something for the pianists among you to try……


Plus Brass Players and Recorder Players in Years 3 and 4, check out some of the websites where you can download free music:

…and for those who would like to sing:



Here are some more ideas for your musical entertainment:

This is a free 2 week virtual music festival, hosted by Kent Music, starting on 25th July…..Looks really good…


BBC Proms will be starting up soon…..though not as usual due to Covid 19, but concerts for all tastes  (children and grown ups) all through the Summer….Look on their website.



…..And more things to listen to………

National Youth Orchestra


NYO Prom 2019 Mambo!


Proms 2019 John Wilson Band: Seventy Six Trombones


John Williams Film Night Boston Pops Orchestra


The Trombone meets the Bumble Bee. United States Army Field Band 2013


Nicola Bernadetti: violin


Queen: Don’t stop me know: Brass Quintet


The Cello Song: Bach Prelude No 1


Clarinet Concerto by Mozart. Michael Collins and LMP 2019


Flute Solo: Debussy, Syrinx, played by Emmanuel Pahud


Recorder: Vivaldi, played by Lucie Horsch


Flamenco Guitar, played by Ben Woods


National Youth Choir of Scotland: Love Divine, arr Howard Goodall


Tenebrae: Miserere mei, Deus, by Allegri


Musical Theatre Medley: 2014: Spirit Young Performers Comapny


Piano!… a busy train station


Piano….. Rachmaninov Prelude





Mrs Hanna playing Bach on the piano

Choir June 18th

Everywhere Around Me


Download (PDF, 415KB)


Everybody Loves Saturday Night

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The Power in Me

Download (DOCX, 14KB)

Whole School Singing June 18th

Here I am Lord


Download (PDF, 479KB)

The Doodling Song


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Beauty and the Beast: Tale as Old as Time


Download (PDF, 386KB)

Year 6 Music June 18th

Who stole my chickens and my hens (shh shh shh)    – 8 beats including shh’s

Who stole my chickens and my hens (shh shh shh)

Who stole my chickens (shh)

Who stole my hens (shh)

Who stole my chickens and my hens (shh shh shh).

Chant this nonsense rhyme with a steady pulse. Ask your family if they will join in.

-When this is confident, one person chant the rhyme and the others do the Shh’s, keeping a steady pulse.

-Then say the rhyme and take it in turns to pass the Shh’s around the table, keeping the pulse.

-If someone Shh’s in the wrong place, they are ‘out’.


The idea of performing this task is to see how fast and smooth you can make the performance. Speed and accuracy is of the utmost importance. Now think of travel, and of travelling very fast. Using expressive language, answer these questions……

How would you travel?

What speed would you be travelling at?

Where are you going?

Express your answer as a whole sentence, and say it out loud feeling the natural rhythm of the words. Eg:

-Clap a steady pulse and demonstrate how these ‘travel’ answers can be spoken on top of your beat.

-Then clap the rhythm of the words, over and over, to make a repeated riff (called an ostinato)

EG: I’m – off – to Mex-i-co, in-a bright red mo-tor car –

The Power In Me

Carry on singing this song. Listen on YouTube as well to sing with the tune, as this is only a backing track.

Download (DOCX, 14KB)

Year 5 Music June 18th

Say this new rhyme in the box, as last week, and clap the hearts (the pulse), at the same time.

Now try again and this time, clap the words as you say them. You are now clapping the rhythm.


Clap and say this rhythm in the same way, but without the box!


Engine, engine, num-ber nine,

Going down Chi-ca-go line.

If the train goes off the track

Will I get my mon-ey back?



The Victorians and their inventions…..The first bicycle.

A humble hobbyhorse (no pedals or brakes) inspired the invention of the pedal bicycle. Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the Scottish son of a blacksmith, saw a hobbyhorse being ridden on the road and decided to make his own. He realised it would be improved if he could move without putting his feet on the ground, completing the new machine in 1839. Soon he was riding 14 miles to Dumfries in under an hour. His first longer journey, in 1842, was a 68 mile ride to Glasgow. It took him two days and he was fined five shillings for injuring a small girl who ran across his path.

The penny farthing – a symbol of the late Victorian era – was designed by James Starley in Coventry in 1870, based on an earlier French model. The front wheel was almost six feet high, with the seat above the wheel. Among its other perils, there were no brakes.

Tandem bicycles first came into being in the late nineteenth century. The first publicised “bicycle built for two” was created by Mikael Pederson, a Danish inventor. The bicycle weighed 24 pounds and was coined “the Pedersen bicycle.” He also made a bicycle that accommodated four riders that weighed 64 pounds.

Many of the first tandem bicycles were designed for couples. Women would typically ride in the front seat and the man would be situated in the back and would steer the vessel.

The new ‘tandem bicycle’ was the subject of many of the popular songs of the day, including one called  ‘Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do…….’

This was written in 1892 by Harry Dacre, and was said to have been inspired by Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick.

Popular music, such as this would have been heard in the famous Victorian Music Hall Shows. Many of these songs are still known today.

Watch this YouTube clip of Daisy Bell:

Daisy Bell- (Lyrics) AKA Daisy Daisy – Harry Dacre Arr PM Adamson (23/07/2014), and sing the words along with your family.

Another claim to fame is that this song is the earliest song to be sung by a computer! In 1961 the IBM 7094 became the first computer to use speech synthesis, singing Daisy Daisy

This performance was the inspiration for the 1968 film 2001 Space Odyssey, where the computer HAL sings Daisy while he is being powered down at the end of the film.

Also watch the YouTube of Queen performing their song about bicycles.

Year 4 Music June 18th

I hope you are finding the time to play your brass instruments. Here are more tunes for you, of varying difficulty. Do let me know if you find them tricky. They include:

Frere Jacques, This old man, Polly Wolly Doodle and Kookaburra.

I have also included some exercises to help the trumpets and cornets strengthen their fingers. The trombones can practice playing G-C-G on first position, then play the same on second, third and fourth positions. The sound will move downwards as the slide gets longer. Try this tongued, then slurred and keep blowing between notes.

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Looking back in history at the predecessors of our modern brass instruments, the Vikings played cow-horns or goat-horns by blowing down the narrow end. The people in the Viking age would bore holes into one of these horns, a bit like a flute.

A horn like this would typically have four to five holes in them, but it was not always something that you could decide for yourself, the length of the horn could vary a lot from horn to horn. This horn in the image is a replica of the cows horn from Västerby in Sweden.

Some horns did not have any holes in them, and were merely used as a ‘blast horn’ (to frighten enemies), but there is no archaeological evidence for this, however, there are depictions of it on the Bayeux tapestry, which were made shortly after the battle at Hastings in 1066.×338-1.jpg

There was also another trumpet-like instrument made out of wood, called a lur, which was about 106 cm long. It was made of wood that has been split in two, hollowed out and banded together tightly with willow bands and whistles made of bone.×338-1.jpg

What other type of instruments do we know that they played?