SMS Advanced online workshops for SMS Drummers, Brass, Saxophone and Vocalists!

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Solihull Children’s Chorus/ School Choirs – Update

Dear Parents/Carer/Pupils

I hope this finds you safe and well and I thought I would pass on an update to you about an exciting project for the members of children’s chorus to get involved with over the next two weeks.

As per my previous email see below:

”Armonico Consort are very excited to be joining Patrick this Wednesday for ‘AC Academy Sing and Shine Week !!’ We are getting ready for the Virtual Royal Albert Hall online performance on 3rd June in just 2 weeks’ time, which will also be part of our Festival Week starting on the 1st June!!

Join us for Sing ‘n’ Shine where we will be rehearsing for the virtual Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday at 2pm on the Armonico Consort YouTube channel

These sessions are open to all schools and Childrens Chorus pupils and  not just those involved in the Royal Albert Hall concert, so feel free to join in and sing along. Don’t forget to say who you are in the comments box – you might get a shout out for your school! J

Sing ‘n’ Shine are weekly singing workshops with songs aimed at the KS2/3 age range, although of course anyone can join in and sing along! The sessions last for 30 minutes and are interactive via the comments box in the side bar. They typically involve some fun physical and practical warm-ups, some fun songs and a bit of interactive chat. The words are posted in the description bar below the video. Here is a video to explain a bit more: ”

It goes without saying we hope you are all safe and well and we really look forward to seeing you when some sort of normality returns!

Jazz Matters – Virtual Performance

Dear Parents/Carers
We are delighted to share with you Solihull Music Service Ensemble Jazz Matters performance of Against All Odds for our NHS workers. This also features special guest Chris Bowden.

Please watch and enjoy the link below and share it with family and friends. Despite the current situation, the pupils of Solihull have excelled yet again!


SMS Update 14th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carer/Pupils.
We hope this still finds you well in these strange times?
I am just emailing to update you on a few things and to let you know of some opportunities we are creating for our pupils.
SMS Instrumental Staff 
All SMS staff should have made contact with you either directly (or via your school) to check in on their pupils and if appropriate set some work for them. SMS staff are happy to receive audio recordings to listen to and to feedback on. We are continuing to create and build on some fabulous online resources for pupils to access for free, and I hope your SMS teacher has selected some of these resources for your children to try!
We also understand that  your child may not have been able to do any music making due to other pressures at home and from school.
If for some reason your teacher has not been in touch please let us know and we will investigate for you.
SMS Ensembles
As staff we are looking into ways we can continue to engage with our ensembles and I am delighted that some of our ensembles are creating virtual performances. Two weeks ago Soul Matters released this performance of ‘Don’t Stop’ and I am delighted to announce that on Friday 15th May Jazz Matters will be releasing their performance of ‘Against All Odds’ at 9.00am.
Jazz Matters – Please click this link from 9.00am Friday 15th May
Here is a sneak preview:
SMS staff are also working on other virtual performances opportunities for their ensembles over the coming weeks.
Saturday Music Centre:
SMC staff are really missing you all on a Saturday and we hope we can return and see you all soon (admittedly in a different way!). With that in mind, we as staff are still working and have launched several projects for SMC pupils. Mr Webb is creating a mass ukulele performance to ‘Sweet Caroline’ Mr Beatty is working on a performance with electric guitar group, Mr Salt is working with all three of his groups and Mr Jones is nearing completion of an SMC Jazz performance. Other SMC staff are working on an SMC Rock orchestra performance of ‘Reach’.

All pupils should have had an email about these various projects – if you have not please contact the office. Reach and Sweet Caroline backing tracks are includedat the bottom of this post.

A massive thank you:
We as SMS staff would like to say a big thank you for all your support through these difficult times. I know we have not be able to accommodate everybody’s requests but we always aim to try and do the best by our fabulous pupils and we will continue to support you and them as schools gradually return.
When we have more information about the possibility of  school returning and how it impacts/works with SMS will update you as soon as possible.
Take care of each other and ‘Against all Odd’s’ we will see you soon.
Sweet Caroline

SMS Soul Matters – Spread some cheer!

Dear Parents/Carers and Pupils
We are delighted to share with you our first SMS ensemble virtual video – Soul Matters- performing Fleetwood Mac’s – Don’t Stop!
We hope you enjoy it…..and we will be looking to do more of these as we go through the term. Please share, sing along and have a good weekend! Lets celebrate something positive!