Wednesday, 5 March 2008

The Big School Sing Up!

I know how many of you enjoy a singalong...

My colleague Sarah Rutty, headteacher at Bankside Primary School sent me this e-mail.
"Hello Chris, Thought I'd drop you a line to tell you, if you haven't heard already, about the Big School Sing Up, which is a chance for 'Primary School Children to sing live on the radio'. Actually, this is not strictly accurate as, in fact, the children are pre-recorded and will be played, if lucky and good enough, on their local radio station. Bankside Junior Choir, accompanied by the ever talented Mr Copperwheat and Mr Monether, on bass and acoustic guitars respectively, made their recording for Radio Aire this morning - a rock and roll update on the Greensleeves theme, called Henry's Happy Hour, chosen from the Sing Up Songbook. And a great time was had by all. I'll let you know when we hit the airwaves, so you can have a dance-like-Showaddy-waddy moment all of your own, just as I did this morning. The Sing Up vision is to promote opportunities for singing, performance and staff training in our schools. It aims to 'increase understanding of how singing can help in the social, personal and musical development of children.' If you've got a minute, you can find out more about it on

Have a happy and harmonious day. Are you going to be at the extended schools meeting on Friday, if so, see you then! As ever, Bankside Best Wishes, Sarah"

Singing reaches the parts other things don't and it releases endorphins that simply make you happy and brighter. I hope 'Bankside's Best' make it on to air!

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