- About Us
- Pupil Care
- Outside the Classroom
Young musicians at The Elms brought Christmas cheer to their classmates and parents during the Seasonal Sounds concerts last week. Starring pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6, the annual performances have become a special tradition within our school community where musical talent is celebrated all year round, not just at Christmas time.
Seasonal Sounds is a festive favourite for many at The Elms, with children and parents coming together to enjoy a programme of classic Christmas carols performed by Elms musicians. For our musicians themselves, it is a chance to showcase their skills to an audience, skills which for many Year 4 instrumentalists were only acquired in the past year through our Music Sponsorship Programme.
The Music Sponsorship Programme entitles pupils in Year 3 to a year of funded one-to-one tuition with a specialist instrumental teacher. It ensures every pupil has the opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with music beyond the classroom and the potential to discover a life-long passion. 61 pupils enrolled on the programme this year, the largest cohort in school history, and the majority of these budding musicians will opt to continue their tuition after the sponsorship concludes.
With 29 school ensembles, 15 of which performed at Seasonal Sounds, we pride ourselves on the wide variety of music we offer. Seasonal Sounds is just one event on the Music department’s busy performance calendar, which is especially jam-packed in the lead-up to Christmas. This afternoon the school choir are providing vocals for our Christingle Service and earlier in the week the children took their music out into the local community, performing for Christmas shoppers in Nottingham and Derby at John Lewis and Bennetts respectively. Our pupils loved the experience and are already looking forward to the next performance opportunity!