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Frith Manor School

Music

Overview

Here at Frith Manor, we are passionate about music. We have a flourishing music department run by Mrs Ruth Cohen.

Weekly music activities include our school orchestra, choir, singing assemblies for key stages one and two, a drumming group and whole class violin tuition offered to year 4.

Our choir and orchestra take part in Music Festivals, and have won prizes and awards at a national level.

Currently, more than 80 students from year 2 upwards have individual or small group instrumental lessons at school. We have several visiting music teachers and offer lessons in:

  • Piano
  • Violin and Viola
  • Percussion/Drums
  • Cello
  • Guitar
  • Woodwind instruments – recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone
  • Brass instruments – trumpet, trombone and tenor horn.

If you have any questions about our music provision, please contact Ruth Cohen at music@frithmanor.barnet.sch.uk

Instrumental Lessons

When you sign your child up for instrumental lessons at Frith Manor you are entering into an agreement with the school as follows

  • Lessons must be paid for a term in advance.
  • Half a term's notice is required to stop the lessons.
  • You will encourage your child to practise effectively and be prepared for their lessons.
  • You agree to purchase or rent an instrument following discussion with the teacher.
  • If the teacher is absent, they will make up the lesson.  If a student misses a lesson, if given at least 48 hours notice, the teacher will do their best to make up the lesson if it is practicable. Lessons missed by the student must be paid for and will not be refunded.
  • The teacher agrees to teach for a minimum of 10 lessons for the term. To be punctual and prepared for the lessons and to communicate regularly with the parent regarding the student's progress.

Frith Manor Musicians' Solo Spot

Each week, we are very lucky to be treated to a musical performance at the beginning of Monday's assembly. Each week a different musician from the school puts themselves forward to perform to KS2.

So far this year we have been treated to performances from musicians who have been playing their instruments for anywhere between less than a year to those who have been perfecting their skills for over 5 years!    

Watch Elizabeth (Y6) dazzling the children with her piano performance on 13th November.  

LYCB Inspire day at Frith on Sunday 28th Jan

Frith Manor School was delighted to host Fred Slide's London Youth Concert Band Inspire Workshop on Sunday afternoon 28th January.
Two of our students - Sabina on clarinet in year 5, and Ben on trumpet in year 6 - participated and had a great day!

A busy December 2023 for Music at Frith Manor 

December was such a busy month for the Frith Manor musicians. 

On 13th we had some lovely open singing assemblies both for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, which parents were invited to. The children got a chance to show off their performing skills, getting into the festive spirit, led by the wonderful Linda Folan.

Later that day 30 of our piano students had their end of term Piano Concert directed by our piano teacher Naama Kozokaro.

On Thursday 14th at 6pm in the evening we had our Winter Concert.  Approximately 60 children took part in this.  This included our String Ensemble, Recorder Group including some year 2 performers, Flutes, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Brass Group, Choir, Guitar Ensemble and our school orchestra.  We were so proud that our recorder players included a year 2 mum who has been learning along with her children, and Elias, a student who is now in year 7 who returned to play the trombone in our brass group. Our musical community extends beyond the immediate school boundaries.  A copy of the programme can be found here

It didn't stop there! 

On Monday 18th December our String Quartet and Choir went to perform at the Aarandale Care Home. The children performed and behaved beautifully and the residents loved it - joining in and singing along.  There was an ex opera singer amongst them who gave a spirited performance herself!

On Wednesday 20th December our String Quartet, Piano ensemble and Orchestra performed once again in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assemblies.  They are becoming quite the professional gigging musicians.  They have all been working very hard and we are very proud of them.

Frith Manor at The Barnet Infant Music Festival

On Monday 6th September all of Year 1 and Year 2 – Amber, Cinnamon, Honey, and Sunshine classes - participated in the Infant Music Festival.  This was run by BEAT – Barnet Education Arts Trust and devised and directed by Ros Savournin. The children in year 1 and 2 had all prepared songs to sing in the festival in advance with their teachers and had also been trained by our singing teacher Linda Folan in their singing assemblies.  

On the day we were excited and looking forward to going and singing and performing with other schools.  We walked from Frith Manor to Millbrook Park School after lunch, where we joined forces with children from Millbrook Park, Dollis Junior School, Goodwyn School, and St. Mary’s School. 

The music festival was based around the picture book “Up and Down” by Oliver Jeffers. This touching story is about the friendship between a boy and a penguin.

These were the songs that we learned and how they go with the story: 

“Once there were two friends...
and they always did everything together….”

Together, wherever we go – a song about teamwork

“One day the penguin decided there was something important he wanted to do all by himself... fly!.......”

Flying Round – a three part round

“That night, the penguin couldn’t help but miss his friend. Likewise, the boy could barely sleep for worrying about his friend……”

The Same Moon – signed using British Sign Language

“At the circus the penguin’s big moment had come “- (dance)

“Finally, together, the two friends made a break for home” - Thank you for being a friend – by Andrew Gold

We danced to an extract from Entrance of the Gladiators which is the “typical” circus music as the story had a reference to the circus. We were all given different brightly coloured scarves to wave around and to dance with. 

We sang all those songs with the other schools all together, but we sang the song “Thank you” by Matthew Crossey and Tom Kirkham, which we had been learning in singing assembly as our school solo song.  The children behaved and sang beautifully. They enjoyed preparing for and participating in the event and learned a lot. Well done KS1! 

Frith Manor Orchestra perform at Summer Music Concert 10th July 

On 10th July Frith Manor presented a Summer Music Concert and our amazing school orchestra performed. It is clear how much they have grown together as a group of performers over the past year and their performances showed us what teamwork and resilience (two of our Frith values) can achieve.   

 

 

Frith Manor Soloists' Concert on Friday 19th May

On Friday 19th May Frith Manor presented a soloists' concert. Many of our talented musicians were brave enough to perform a solo in front of the whole of Key Stage 2. The confidence with which out students performed was impressive. We were treated to a wide range of music and listened to many different instruments. We have quite a number of virtuosos in our midst.

Saki in year 5, opened our concert confidently with a movement from a Mozart piano sonata.

This was followed by Emily in year 6 playing "Winter" by Vivaldi on the violin, Sabina in year 4 played Ode to Joy on the clarinet after only one term of lessons.

Despina in year 6 gave a gentle rendition of a Schumann Romance on the violin, followed by Mia in year 5's lively Sneaky Business on the piano.

Shreya in year 6 got together with Lucas who accompanied her, to play a beautiful clarinet solo after only two terms of lessons.

Kazumi and Laurence in year 5 played joyful violin pieces, with Zara in year 6 presenting a piece by Handel, and Diana playing Le Morisqe a baroque dance on the recorder accompanied by drum and piano.

Milo in year 6 played the lively Allegro by Cimmarosa and Nathaniel in year 6 showed us how haunting and effective the tin whistle can be in his own version of The Ring Goes South (nicknamed by us the "Lord of the Tins.")

Victoria in year 3 played Somewhere Over the Rainbow so beautifully and Oliver in year 5 showed us Chanson on the alto saxophone.

Lucas in year 6 then wowed us with a Rondo by Dussek on the piano, followed by some flashy playing by Amy in year 5 on the violin with Air Varie by Dancla.

We had Jazz clarinet from Michael in year 6 with Hackensack by Thelonius Monk and an impressive finale with our prizewinning Elizabeth in year 5 playing Clair de Lune by Debussy.

It was a wonderful afternoon. Congratulations and thank you to our fantastic musicians.

Pupil Elizabeth's Winning Weekend


Year 5 pupil and talented pianist Elizabeth went to Ealing Festival on Saturday and Mill Hill Festival on Sunday where she won 1st prizes for the three classes she entered for:

  • Mozart solo aged 18 and under; 
  • Bach or other Baroque Solo aged 12 and under; and
  • Grade 8 performance.

The links below show Elizabeth's performances from her busy weekend.

https://youtu.be/k0pW4bSXj_Y

Elizabeth's family said, "It was indeed a super busy weekend for Elizabeth, but she was so glad that she did it all."

Pupil Piano Medley - Spring 2022