Youngsters at St Francis Primary School in Taw Hill have released a second CD with assistance from Pop Connections, five years after the first volume was recorded.
Year 3 teacher Vicky Keane explained that music coordinator Becky Ramsurn had started the ball rolling before going on maternity leave. “Pop Connections came to us in 2010 when our present Year 6 pupils were in reception. We’ve been singing those songs ever since and they’re just as popular, but we thought it was time to freshen our repertoire.
“With the help of Faith, the St Francis PTA, we were able to ask Pop Connections to come back with new songs to make another recording; it has been another fantastic experience.
“The songs have a strong social, cultural and moral message which embrace our values at St Francis. Yet they’re lively and really catchy tunes to sing individually or in classes, or in whole school assemblies.
“The children got them straight away; the day after the first rehearsal parents were saying they were singing them at home. Everybody was singing along on the afternoon they boomed out over the village centre on our tannoy system.”
Clare Lancaster, known as Curly Clare to the children because of her hairdo, spent three days in early October energetically teaching songs to each class, along with the moves to go with them, before bringing a engineer to record the whole school singing the tunes.
A sell-out concert for parents at Isambard Community School on 14 October saw about 400 children perform the six songs they had rehearsed and recorded. The CD was available for sale. What pupils didn’t know was it includes a surprise extra track of staff at St Francis performing one of the songs.
Vicky added: “Singing together was both a great way to convey a spiritual message across the school, and also reinforce whole school togetherness. It was lovely to see Year 6, who made the first CD five years ago, working with reception children to learn the new tunes; everybody had a huge amount of fun learning and performing together.”
Money raised from concert tickets and CD sales will help cover the costs of organising the project. The hall at Isambard Community School was provided without charge by Isambard and Carillon Northside facilities management.
The CD is available at £6.50 from St Francis Primary School at Taw Hill Village Centre.
Music Plus Trust can be contacted at www.popuk.org