Welcome to School Choir
There has always been a strong tradition of singing at Milton Road. Before the amalgamation in 2005 there were thriving choirs in both the Infant and Junior Schools. Traditionally, the Juniors had an upper school choir led by Claire Parker and then Roger Lilley and a year 3&4 choir led by Zubeida Dasgupta, then Roger Lilley and finally Anna Youngs. In January 2005 Anna-Louise Lawrence took on the year 3&4 choir as Anna Youngs wanted to set up a yoga club. We put on a performance of 'Captain Noah and his floating Zoo'. There were several year 6s who were keen to sing this too and in the summer we decided to merge the two key stage 2 choirs into one - this is the format that we have now. In the summer of 2010, Roger Lilley left after teaching and supporting music with great inspiration and enthusiasm for 11 years at Milton Road. Two parents alternately took over his place at the piano and we are delighted that Marion Caldwell has continued to accompany the choir since then. A choir of over 100 takes quite a bit of management and it was a great delight that the new KS2 leader, Becky Sharp joined the early morning throng in the autumn of 2011.
We believe that singing is for everyone and are very keen that as many children as possible get the chance to sing in choir and for this reason we decided to try moving the choir from a lunchtime club to before school in September 2007. Although we realise it is not easy for everyone to get up 45 minutes earlier, we have found attendance to be much more regular and the choir very well supported as children are not having to choose between playing with their friends, footballs or Scoobies and singing. This term (January-March 2014) we are meeting on Wednesday lunchtimes so that the children who can't get to school early have a chance to participate. All children in KS2 are welcome to start at the beginning of term so they can learn the full repertoire.
Out and about
We like to sing in lots of different places for good purposes. We have sung at the carol service for the East Anglia Children's Hospice EACH in 2007 and 2008 at Great St. Mary's and in 2009 -2014 at the church in Milton. We love to sing in our swim suits at Jesus Green pool at 'Sing and Swim for Water Aid' - and on 7th July 2013 we raised over £2000. We have also sung at the celebration of the turning on of the Christmas lights at the Guildhall in 2007, 8&9. In 2008 we went to the Cambridge schools music festival at West Road with all 127 choir members and in 2009 despite not being allowed to take so many children we won the competition for best school choir. The older singers have been part of the Holocaust Memorial Day Event at the Guildhall in January in 2008 and 2009.
Until 2009 the choir have performed in their PE tops on occasions when we want to have them in uniform, but after a competition with over 30 entries Nicole Ibanez’s design, with a few influences from some of the other entrants was chosen and the t-shirts were produced in record time by Talkin’ Tees ready to perform at St. Faith’s in celebration of the music festival victory.
We do a concert nearly every term which celebrates the music we have been learning and the dates for these are in the school dates list and now on the choir page too.