Pebworth offers a rich and diverse musical education where every child is given the chance to perform and have a go whether it be in the school choir, the recorder ensemble groups, ukulele/ keyboard club, or a team player in the hand-bell ensemble. As children progress through the school they also have a further opportunity to learn to play a brass instrument and can join the ‘Pebworth First School Brass Band’.
The choir has many opportunities to sing either as a whole or in parts, rounds or a capella which can be seen throughout the year during Celebration Assemblies or in St. Peter’s church during our Harvest, Christmas and Easter services. Our choir featured in our Summer Music Concert 2018, with great success.
KS2 regularly participate in the ‘Big Sing’ event which takes place every year at the University of Worcester, where they join forces with about 1500 pupils from other schools across the county to sing with a live professional band. Last year, our year 5 students performed with the band, playing their trombones as part of a brass ensemble and this was a tremendous experience for all.
Every child can chose to have a go at learning the recorder, where they will learn to gradually read notation in the treble clef and develop a good recorder technique. There are several recorder groups which come together to play a wide variety of music in ensembles and they are key performers in our Harvest, Christmas and Easter performances.
Hand-bells are a much loved favourite, particularly at Christmas and opportunities are given within music lessons for students to have a go at playing together. This year our hand-bells have been invited to perform at the Pebworth ‘Winter Warmer’ with the Pebworth Village Choir.
In the summer of 2018 we were proud to announce the launch of the ‘Pebworth First School Brass Band’ which featured for the first time in the Summer Music Concert.
Students at Pebworth are fortunate to have access to several brass teachers who support their learning (including Rev Scott and members of Bretforton Silver Band). There are opportunities to learn the cornet, Eb horn, trombone and euphonium which take place in small groups, once a week. For those children who want to continue playing a brass instrument after they leave Pebworth, brass tuition can continue at Blackminster Middle School and this in turn gives the opportunity to join the school brass band as well as the local training band, Bret Set Go, should they wish.
Christmas 2018 - The Pebworth First School Brass Band bring joy to all at Christmas!
The Pebworth First School Brass Band played triumphantly at their first ever Christmas carol concert at the village hall on the 19th & 20th December. The whole school took part and the school choir were pleased to be joined by the Pebworth village choir led by Peter Harrison.
The evening started with a warm welcome from the conductor of the brass band, Mr Luca Whittle where everyone was encouraged to join in with the singing and participate in the fund raising activities organised by the Friends, where fantastic prizes could be won.
The first half of the concert consisted of three carols with a mini-nativity performance by the younger children, followed by a well-executed performance of The Coventry Carol in 3-parts, by the recorder ensemble. This was followed by a warmly received performance of ‘Deck the Halls’ by the hand-bells.
The interval provided the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and tombola prizes, as well as refreshments, all provided by the Friends.
The second half got off to a flying start with another mini-nativity to ‘We Three Kings’, followed by more carols and a 4-part arrangement of ‘O Christmas Tree’ played by the recorders.
The audience were also given the opportunity to listen to several children from the brass band talk about why they like playing a brass instrument and what it means to them to be a member of the brass band.
The hand-bells concluded the concert with an arrangement of ‘Jingle Bells’ which was going well until page 2 where it fell apart and the children pointed out “It’s turned into ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ Mrs Taylor, you’ve set the wrong music!”, much to the amusement of the audience. After the false start and some quick music shuffling, they resumed and played magnificently and everyone joined in singing with the hand-bells as they played “We wish you a merry Christmas”.
The concert was a very well received and a great success for raising funds for the brass band and the school. Many financial donations were gratefully received as well as several gifts such as a wonderful hamper from the WI. The school would firstly like to say a big thank you to Sue Peace and the Parish Council who kindly paid for the hire of the village hall and Peter Harrison and the Pebworth Choir who joined us for both performances and with whom we hope to strengthen our friendship in the future. We would also like to thank Mr Ted Watson for supporting the brass band and giving Luca some excellent conducting tips and of course all the other brass band helpers such as Reverend Scott. A huge thank you goes to the staff who helped with the costumes and running of the concert and of course the Friends who did a tremendous job fund raising and keeping us all refreshed. Lastly an enormous round of applause must go to the children who performed and sang beautifully.