Year 5 are in the UK Top 30!

Wonderful News. Well done Year 5 for being in the UK Top 30!! Finish This… English National Opera invited children from schools all over the United Kingdom including our Year 5 classes to step into the role of an ENO Composer. They were asked to respond to, and resolve, a purposefully unfinished operatic piece titled ‘Blue, Red, Yellow…’. Choosing a colour of their own and armed with paint samples: they immersed themselves into the Composers role, they embraced their imaginations and experimented with music, colours and text, to create their own classes bespoke response ending based on their chosen colour. The programme certainly has helped to develop the students’ composition and performance skills, introducing them to opera and new cultural experiences, whilst promoting creativity, collaboration and self-expression....and it was great fun ! Read the judges comments about Discovery’s compositions!

Dear Mrs Barnes,

We are delighted to let you know that your Finish This… submission Hello Is Anybody There? by Henry VIII Class, has been chosen to be made into an animation. Staff from across ENO listened to all the submissions and made a shortlist of favourites, and then Omar Shahryar, composer of Blue, Red, Yellow had the difficult job of making the final decision on which 30 pieces should be put forward to be animated. Omar provided the following feedback to share with your class: Breathing sounds followed by rumbling - a very engaging opening followed by some impressive call and response percussion, and I loved the cliff-hanger ending. Our team were also super impressed by your other submissions. Liv Butler, a Producer at ENO listened to Peaceful Paradise by Raleigh Class and wanted to share the following feedback: Wow, it was so unique to hear your monologue/poem (beautifully read) over the top of the 'paradise' soundscape brought alive by your choice of instruments. Take me to that paradise! Liv also listened to Flames and Fireworks by Hampton Court Class and wanted to share the following feedback: This piece felt really happy and bright, just like I would expect 'orange' to be! I loved how you introduced the xylophone(?) then the string strumming, then brought them together to keep that happy tone but also added other instruments/sounds to give it the quirkiness of burnt orange. .

Click on the link to watch and listen.