"Music is the universal language of mankind. ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief that does not find relief in music.” ― George Eliot
“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” ― Maria von Trapp
“Can a mere song change a people's minds? I doubt that it is so. But a song can infiltrate your heart and the heart may change your mind.” ― Elvis Costello
Here at Shipton Bellinger, we strive to ensure learners will celebrate a range of musical genres and song during weekly singing assemblies every Wednesday. From these weekly assemblies, pupils are able to apply their learning through preparing for performances in the Church to celebrate key events such as Harvest Festival and Christmas. We are also the home of the 'Shipton Singers' extra-curricular club, a collection of talented singers who attend every week to celebrate music from different countries as well as being taught how to sing and use their voice in different ways. Outside of school, there are a range of opportunities for extra-curricular instrument lessons with a private tutor, including violin, drums and keyboard.
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Well the Shipton Singers have certainly had a busy couple of weeks as the Christmas season is fast approaching! Not only did we have to perform a collection of carols in traditional style which of course meant singing outside in the frosty air but also with the added challenge of performing acapella. The singers did extremely well and could be heard across the length of the fair and really helped to bring the Christmas cheer to all that attended.
The following week the choir were invited to perform their song, 'The Sussex Carol' not only in the KS1 Christmas service but also in the church alongside KS2. The Shipton Singers worked extremely hard on this song as once again they performed acapella but it also included some very tricky harmonies. The smiles on their faces as they sang brought such joy to everyone who watched and the children received many compliments on their fantastic performance.