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Pupils spread Christmas spirit as they showcase their musical talents - 20/12/2017

Stars of wonder from the University Church Free School (UCFS) came together last week to spread Christmas spirit and joy, as pupils showcased their musical talents at the annual Christmas celebration services.

Parents, grandparents and friends of UCFS packed into St John the Baptist’s Church to watch Key Stage 2 (KS2) children perform a number of traditional Christmas carols and readings. The school’s Early Years and Key Stage 1 children also performed their own version of the Nativity, A King is Born.

Teachers, Miss Claire Mercer and Mr Rob Benson have been teaching Christmas carols as part of the children’s weekly music sessions. The children were split into altos and sopranos before learning how to sing in a two-part harmony. The children had to consider some important musical elements when singing such as tempo, dynamics and pitch. The children performed a number of carols including Angel Gabriel, Once in Royal David's City, One Bright Star, Our Lord Emmanuel and Carol of the Bells.

The children loved being part of such a big performance, Ruby in Year 6, said: “It was a wonderful Christmas carol concert and I enjoyed every moment of it! It was special because we sang the carols at the beautiful St John the Baptist’s Church. My favourite song was ‘Angel Gabriel’ because I loved the melody and the meaning of the lyrics.”

Early Years and Key Stage 1 children also performed an adaptation of A King is Born - a musical that tells the traditional nativity story with a humorous script, songs and dances. A truly memorable highlight was the charming little donkey who made a special guest appearance on stage during the show.

Mr Simon Piercy, Teaching Assistant, said: “The Key Stage 2 carol concert allowed the school to try something new, to take music to the next level. The complexity of the songs was amazing, with the two different harmonies singing together. The song Carol of the Bells blew everyone away due to the hard work of our musically gifted children and staff. It was a truly magnificent experience for the children, parents and staff.”

Mrs Daisy Corbett, Higher Level Teaching Assistant, added: “The show displayed the children’s amazing enthusiasm, love of performing and confident expressive singing which filled the church with joy. I have enjoyed working with a close team of talented staff whose creative ideas have allowed the children to shine.”