PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!

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.

ENJOY! 😁

🎶 Practice really does make perfect! 👍

🎶    ORCHESTRA MUSIC    🎶

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!  🎵

Clips

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!)