Weekly Reviews and Awards


We would like to encourage all our wonderful musicians to practise their instruments as regularly as they can whether they are managing to have online lessons or not at the moment. You have all put lots of effort into your learning so far, so trying to keep your routine going, or simply playing once a week, will keep you moving forwards and motivated for when your lessons begin again or when we get recorder lessons and orchestra up and running again at school.

We also know how much you enjoyed playing your recorder tunes in Years 2 & 3, and how orchestra members were doing so well and enjoying playing lots of music. We are therefore going to put some of that music here for you to download/print out and use for your enjoyment and practice. Look out for some new pieces as well – especially orchestra, as we would love you to be ready to have a go at some new tunes as soon as we are able to gather together again.

You will also find some inspirational video clips of performances on various instruments in this section of the website.


🎶 Practice really does make perfect! 👍


These pdf files (Bare Necessities and Mr Tambourine Man) provide orchestra members with Part 1, 2 & 3/Easy for various music (simply print the page you want), but Year 2 and 3 recorders could try the Part 3/Easy music as well if you’d like a challenge!

Part 1, 2 & 3/Easy in C – for recorder, violin, flute, glock, guitar, piano (treble clef/RH notes only)

Part 1, 2 & 3/Easy in Bb – for clarinet, trumpet, cornet

Part 1, 2 & 3/Easy in Bb – for saxophone

NOTE: Part 1 is the tune, Part 2 is an accompaniment, Part 3/Easy is an easier accompaniment.

Play away…..and enjoy!  🎵


The power of music is that it is both of it’s time and timeless with many originals being reworked over the years or people taking the music and enjoying it in different ways. Take a look/listen to these two sets of clips – the originals certainly inspired the new versions in a very different way! Enjoy 😁


The original song is by the American singer-songwriter duo Simon & Garfunkel. Written in February 1964 by Paul Simon, it started them off on their road to fame and is generally considered a classic folk rock song. They went on to be a huge influence in the music world and were one of the biggest selling music groups in the 1960’s and are still very much enjoyed today.

In 2015 David Draiman, the lead singer of the rock band Disturbed, took the song to another level bringing folk and hard core rock together and showing that a song can take on new meaning and power in a different setting. He said that it created a gateway for fans of the original version to enter the rock world and for hard core rock fans to discover the brilliance of Simon and Garfunkel. The song united two factions of the music world.


The original rock song was sung by “The King” Elvis Presley in 1956. The song is currently ranked as the 173rd greatest song of all time, as well as the sixth best song of 1956.

The song has stood the test of time – here is a much lighter take on a reworking of a song with an interesting twist! Just goes to show that animals can hear and feel music, and be inspired by it, just like we can 😆. Make sure you keep watching to the VERY end!

🎸   ENJOY!   🦜

It is always interesting and inspiring to listen to a piece played on a variety of instruments as it sounds the same whilst sounding completely different and shows that you can play most pieces of music on any instrument (with a few tweaks). See what you think.

1) Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor

2) Now hear the same piece but rewritten by another famous composer, Bach, for 4 harpsichords (played here on 4 pianos).

3) And here it is played on an organ – 3 keyboards, a set of pedals and organ stops which all together allow this piece to be played as 4 harpsichords and strings:

Jess Gillam is a 21-year-old saxophonist, known for being one of the most exciting emerging artists in classical music. She started learning the saxophone at the age of 7 and is the first-ever saxophonist to reach the final of the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, having won the Woodwind section aged 17. Here she is playing at the Last Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in 2018:

Alison Balsom is an English trumpet soloist who went to school locally at Tannery Drift First School in Royston, where she started taking trumpet lessons at the age of seven, and later, whilst at junior and senior school, played in the Royston Town Band from between the age of 8 and 15. She took her A-levels at Hills Road Sixth Form in Cambridge whilst playing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain between the age of 15 and 18. She then studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated from there in 2001 with a 1st class honours degree and the Principal’s Prize for the highest mark.

Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela play music which is mainly influenced by flamenco, rock and heavy metal. Look out for the added “percussion” with their hands:

Duelling Banjos – a very famous guitar/banjo duet (with added violin here) played here by an amazing group of young lads – the practising paid off!

Competitive Foursome – please don’t try this at home!

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain playing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – superb team work and a bit of fun (as it should be!)