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.
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’ https://youtu.be/K4vTRks1aho
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.