Music has long played a key part in the unique personality of St Matthew's and has provided us with a link to other parts of the community as well as being a source of enjoyment and achievement for our young musicians and singers. This blog aims to give you a flavour of the school's achievements in music.
Friday 3rd March 2017
A Musical Showcase Assembly. Some of our very talented young musicians entertained a very appreciative audience by showcasing their progress learning a musical instrument. We heard pieces from guitars, woodwind and keyboards/piano. The quality of the playing was astounding and watching the concentration and enjoyment on the children's faces was an absolute delight. Well done to all who played, keep it up we are very proud of your achievements.
Monday 20th February 2017
Singing played a huge part in our Peace Pledge Assembly attended by The Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Derek Heffernan.
The whole school opened the assembly singing One Little Voice, a song which makes a pledge by each person joining the song that they will "try to make this world of ours a place where all can live, in the unity and brotherhood of man" . Sofia Hawkins bravely provided us with the one little voice at the beginning of the song, with Jessica and William Mackimm as two little voices. Lily Walsh and Emily Norris joined them to make four little voices which then grew to a group of little voices. The whole choir stood and joined in to make a choir of little voices, ending with the whole school standing singing "we're a land of little voices and we want to be heard". It really was a spine tingling moment to hear all of our children joining together united in song.
The choir sang A Song of Peace with beautiful solo performances from Zara Heaton, Emily Bell and Amy Hogan-Birse.
Year 3 children used sign language to sing "Heal the World", a very moving and emotive performance, highlighting the importance of being an all inclusive community.
The Mayor and his assistant were clearly moved to tears by the assembly and said it was the best that they had attended.
Friday 6th January 2017
Upper Junior Choir gave a beautiful performance in the stunning Oldham Parish Church for the Oldham School's Epiphany Service.
Tuesday 14th December
Following a hugely successful visit to Oldham College to sing at their open evening in November, we were thrilled to be invited back again to perform at their Christmas Carol Concert. A festive, fun filled afternoon was had by all. We opened the concert with 4 songs beautifully sung by 22 of our Upper Junior Choir. We were then treated to a number of performances by students from the college including a brilliant sketch from their Christmas performance of The Grinch. Oldham College said "Thank you so much for joining us. Another wonderful concert and really doing St Matthews proud". We certainly were extremely proud of our young ambassadors.
Monday 5th December
All of our year 4 children who are taking part in the Oldham Music Service's Whole Class Instrument Tuition scheme this year, delighted parents and grandparents this afternoon when they showcased their progress playing the violin or cello. Using pizzicato and bowing techniques they proved just how much can be achieved in such a short space of time. They were joined by some of our other young musicians who are learning to play string instruments with Miss Revell from Oldham Music Service. It was a lovely afternoon of music which, as always, was brilliantly supported by families of the children.
Sunday 4th December
Our junior choir were privileged and delighted to be invited back for the 9th consecutive year to Dr Kershaw's Light Up a Life Service. Our young singers sang 3 songs which were particularly fitting and poignant for the memorial service. We were thrilled to be joined once again by Peter Wakefield who harmonised beautifully with us on 'The Rose'. It was a bitterly cold evening but we were wrapped up well and our enthusiastic singing helped to keep us toasty warm. Fantastic support for our school from children and parents. Well done everyone!Add block
Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Upper junior choir had a trip to Oldham College following an invitation to sing at their open evening. A selection of Christmas songs got everyone in the festive mood and provided some fun entertainment for visitors. Oldham college were thrilled with the choir's performance and said "The choir had so many wonderful comments and everyone was so impressed with how beautifully they sang and well behaved they were." They liked it so much they have invited us back to sing at their Christmas concert! Well done singers.
Saturday 12th November 2016
It was an early start for some of our dedicated singers as we arrived at North Chadderton School at 8.45am to sing at the Oldham Governor's Conference. It was an honour and a privilege to have been asked to perform for the opening of the conference which was attended by Head Teachers and Governors from schools across the Oldham Borough. As always, our children behaved impeccably and looked amazing in their smart school uniforms. Well done to all the singers for a brilliant performance but particularly the Year 3s who have only been singing in our school choir for 7 weeks.
Thursday, 7 July 2016 - "One World" Community Showcase
St Matthew's dancers and choir showcased their talents in a special community showcase "One World", performed in church today. It was an excellent performance.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - Bridgewater Hall with the Hallé Orchestra
Our Year 4 musicians enjoyed playing cello and violin with the Hallé Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall today in its exciting "Come and Play with the Hallé" concert. St Matthew's takes part in the Whole Class Ensemble Teaching Programme (previously the Wider Opportunities Scheme) which gives our pupils the opportunity to play and sing with an international symphony orchestra. The government programme was set up to give pupils in all primary schools the opportunity of learning to play a musical instrument as part of their weekly curriculum and the concerts showcase specially composed works which enable collaboration between the world-class musicians of the Hallé and young musicians embarking upon their own musical journey.
Friday, 17 June 2016 - Shining at Oldham Music Festival
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - Shining at Oldham Music Festival
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 - Chadderton Collaborative Choir Event
The sound of music raised the roof at Radcliffe Secondary School as it played host to a Joint Schools Choir Concert in with St Matthew’s and Mills Hill Primary Schools and raised £184.39 for Dr Kershaw's.
This is the second time we have worked in collaboration to arrange the concert, which celebrated the talent of more than 100 young singers. 58 of our Key Stage 2 children performed One and a Million and Hey Ho, while neighbouring Mills Hill Primary School sent 27 Key Stage 2 pupils to perform Rather Be and Refuge. Radcliffe Secondary School’s Vocal Group performed Sing and Proud and its staff choir sang a Les Miserables medley.
Friday, 29 April 2016 - St Matthew's Sing for Diocese
St Matthew's School Choir were honoured to be invited to sing at the Annual Diocesan Conference at the Macron Stadium in Bolton on 29 April, where the Bishop of Bolton, Chris Edmondson, was celebrating his retirement.
58 members of our school choir were specially invited to sing and participate in the event, attended by Head Teachers and Chair of Governors from Church of England schools around the Manchester area.
Our children were beautifully presented and behaved impeccably. Many people commented on the brilliance of their performance.
Friday, 22 April 2016 - Gospel Choir Guest Invite
Continuing to develop our links with the local community and provide enrichment opportunities for our pupils, we are delighted that our choir is singing, as special guests, with The Millennium Gospel Choir at South Chadderton Methodist Church.