Making music together

Any child who has been learning to play a musical instrument for at least 6 months is welcome to join the orchestra. There is no minimum standard requires, but it helps if you already know how to read music. We can provide easy parts or more tricky parts to suit the standard of the players.

The orchestra usually perform at least twice a year - in the Christmas service and in the Easter Music Evenings. From time to time, we also take part in workshops and concerts with orchestras from other local schools.

Christmas 2018

Gallery - Orchestra 2018-19

November Orchestra Workshop

On 14th November we took 23 of our orchestra members to Bristol Plays Music headquarters to play in an orchestra made up of 100 children from 6 primary schools, conducted by international conductor, Jonathan Lo. They rehearsed for three hours, with a short break in the middle, and then performed three pieces for an audience of parents, grandarents, brothers, sisters and friends. The pieces were really challenging, but the sounded fantastic. They played Mission Impossible; I Feel Pretty and America from West Side Story; and Simple Gifts, from Copland's Appalachian Spring.

HJS Orchestra will be working on these pieces for performance at school in the coming year.

What we did in 2017 - 2018

In the autumn term, we learnt Tango, Cha Cha, White Christmas and Carol of the Drum. We performed at Horfield Parish Church, in the School Hall and at St Peter's Church.

In the autumn term, we learnt the finale from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite and Love is All by Roger Glover. We performed at the Easter music evenings and recorded Love is All as part of a music video featuring our partner school in Uganda.

In the summer term, we attended two Bristol Plays Music workshops. At Brunel Field Primary School we played How Far I'll Go, from Moana, and What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor. At The Anson Rooms, Bristol University, we  played How Far I'll Go, a Star Wars/Rogue One medley and an extract from Finlandia by Sibelius.

Gallery - Orchestra 2018

Christmas concert 2017

Christmas 2017

Orchestra gave three performances this Christmas - first at Horfield Parish Church, where they played Tango and White Christmas for the Save The Children carol concert; then at An HJS Christmas in the school hall, where they played everything they learnt this term, and finally at St Peter's Church on the last day of term when they played Carol of the Drum. You can hear a recording of the rehearsal version, recorded in the church on Thursday 14th December, here:

Club details

Takes place on Thursday Time: 3:40-4:40
Meets in The Hall Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Open to: Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Club run by Mr Barber
Cost: No charge

Gallery - Orchestra 2017

Video of our orchestra workshop rehearsal