Music is a very important part of our school life. So many of you are talented musicians, singers and composers that we wanted to make sure you’re able to access some fun musical activities whilst we’re away from school. Check here weekly for challenges, quizzes and fun tasks to keep you busy! See below for some fun musical activities for you to enjoy over half term.
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Dip in to this fun and fabulous series from Classic FM by clicking on the link above and see what you can discover over half-term – it’s a whole new world…..and there’s something for everyone. Here you can find out weird and wonderful facts about composers, musicians and instruments in a fun way, and listen to a wide variety of music. Share what you learn with friends and family and get them listening too!
Episode 1: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
You might well have heard of Mozart – but did you know he had a really rude sense of humour? Or that he owned a pet starling? In the first episode, David meets one of the most famous composers of all time…and has a bit of a run in with a music professor.
Episode 2: The Liszt Factor
Franz Liszt was music’s first true rock star, baby. Join David Williams as he enrols in Liszt’s school of cool, and discovers what it really means to rock, old school.
Episode 3: It takes one to (pia)no one
This instrument may seem pretty black and white, but there’s more to the piano than meets the eye. Join David Williams as he travels inside the piano, discovers its most famous players and explores the unlikely ways it changed music forever.
Episode 4: Ethel Smyth
We journey back a hundred years to explore the life of Ethel Smyth: composer, suffragette and all-round legend, Also, there are pirates.
Episode 5: Ballet
You may think it’s all tutus and tippy toes, but Join David Williams as he discovers the highly competitive, fantastically strange world of ballet.
Episode 6: Maverick musicians
They broke the mould and changed the face of music. Meet the marvellous mavericks and devilish divas who took the musical world by storm, And don’t be surprised if a number of old friends turn up to join the party…
Episode 7: Beethoven
You’ve heard his music, now it’s time to hear his story. David dives into the life of one of history’s greatest – and frumpiest – composers.
Episode 8: The Greatest Schumann
It’s time to delve into the tale of Clara Schumann, the phenomenally gifted composer who was, in many ways, The Greatest Schumann.
Episode 9: Weird Instruments
From a helicopter quartet to a vegetable orchestra, prepare to have your idea of what an ‘instrument’ can be blown wide open. David Williams explores some of the most fantastical, needlessly complex and sometimes tasty musical instruments that human beings have ever created.
Episode 10: John Williams and the Chamber of Star Wars
David Williams takes a ride through the magical career of legendary film composer John Williams, from Star Wars to Harry Potter – with a little help from a ghost.