Astwood Bank Primary School

"A centre of learning and opportunity"



Welcome to our Orchestra page!

Our wonderful school orchestra includes children who have instrumental lessons in school and also some who have private lessons.  In addition there are handbell, glockenspiel and percussion players as required.

Our Summer Concert 2023 was a wonderful event, showcasing the talent and confidence of our young people.  All the ensembles performed to a high standard and a number of children were added to the orchestra for their first public performance!  Well done everyone!  The videos of the evening are now in the resources folder below.  Thanks again for the amazing support! 

Please note, we don’t include all of our instrumental players for every concert.  This is for a numbers of reasons; we are limited by hall capacity and running time but also want to make sure children have developed enough confidence to perform.  There’s nothing worse than putting a child in a concert situation before they’re ready – and this can be very damaging.  Rest assured that there will be plenty of opportunities just around the corner!

Our Summer 2024 evening concert will be Tuesday 2nd July at 5:30pm – Get the date into your diaries and you’ll hear from your child’s music teacher about the arrangements in due course.  We have not quite tied down all the children that will perform in this event but watch this space!

  • New players in our orchestra will need to give media permission so we can share video footage of our concerts. 
  • Recorder players will need to bring their instruments on Monday 24th June for a lunchtime rehearsal with glockenspiel players and pianists.
  • All orchestra will need to bring instruments to school on Monday 1st July for a rehearsal and performance to school in the afternoon.  We may also run some rehearsals in the morning of Tuesday 2nd as our year 4 are on a trip on the 1st!  Clarification to follow!
  • A letter outlining the arrangements and dress etc for the evening concert will shortly be uploaded into the folder below.  

Here are some past highlights:

Upon joining orchestra, we ask for a specific media consent.  We take online safety very seriously; no child will be named in our videos and links will be posted on the orchestra page.  As a school we can’t guarantee how this material will be used once it is in the public domain.  If you have any questions or concerns about this issue please do ask.

We intend to have lots of fun with orchestra but do regard it as a serious commitment so please do reinforce this with your children.  Our choir members are often seen performing in public places and are always excellent ambassadors for the school.  Remember, the first port of call for information is always the orchestra page on the school website.

From May 2022, when joining orchestra, you are agreeing to the following statement: My child would like to join the school orchestra and I am happy for video footage and photographs to be taken at concerts and events.  I am also happy for photos and video featuring my child to appear online, such as on YouTube, and also in local newspapers.  I will inform school if this situation changes.

If your child wants to join, but you are unable to give this media consent for whatever reason, please do come and talk to me and we may be able to make a separate provision.

Mr George

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