The school’s Harmony Group gave its first performance 18 years ago at Christmas in 1997 when a group of our children, helped by three adults, sang a carol in three part harmony at the village carol concert. That provided the incentive to teach the children more songs. Since then, the Group has gone from strength to strength.
All children can join the Harmony Group which contributes so much to the life of the school in the following ways:
It offers all its members the opportunity to, through singing, to develop their confidence and creativity. They learn to listen to and understand music whilst ‘showcasing’ their (ever growing) skills in front of a range of audiences.
Family and friends delight in seeing the children perform and develop.
Other groups in the community benefit greatly from listening to the Harmony Group. For example, at Christmastime, the Group visits the Day Centre at Babington Hospital. The children sing songs to a group of people who clearly get an 'emotional pick-me-up' from the whole experience!
For events such as this, after singing, the children mingle and socialise with their audience, which not only helps build their confidence and social skills but adds significantly to the enjoyment their ‘listeners’.
The Group meets and practices once a week after school every Wednesday for one hour and currently comprises about 13 children of all ages across the school.
The children have also sung with famous choirs such as the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir and the Fishpond Choir. Over the years, they have entertained audiences at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, Music Day at Lea Gardens, St Peter's Church, Belper and the Florence Nightingale Hall in Holloway.
During the past twelve months, the Harmony Group has sung at:
Lea Gardens Music Day
Babington Hospital Day Centre
Alderwasley Church Christmas Celebration
Whatstandwell Carol Concert
St Mary’s Church, Crich.
Since it was formed, more than 100 children have performed with the Harmony Group and we are pleased to note that some have carried on singing after leaving the school - even taking up a professional career involving singing!