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1. ABOUT PROM PRAISE FOR SCHOOLS
WHAT IS PROM PRAISE FOR SCHOOLS?
PP4S is a Christian Arts project which culminates in an interactive live music experience at the Royal Albert Hall featuring a massed choir of 2000 London primary school children and the world-renowned All Souls Orchestra under the direction of dynamic conductor Noël Tredinnick. The project features one bible story and music from different Christian traditions and classical pieces. It is a child-friendly version of the Prom Praise event which fills the Royal Albert Hall each year.
The music at the Royal Albert Hall events is played by the world-renowned
All Souls Orchestra under the direction of dynamic conductor Noel Tredinnick who, for over 30 years, has taken the main Prom Praise event to fill the Royal Albert Hall annually. As well as performing the Classical pieces, the Orchestra will provide the thrilling accompaniment for the Massed Choir of over 2500 London Primary school pupils.
WHO RUNS PROM PRAISE FOR SCHOOLS?
It is organised by All Souls Music as a joint initiative with the London Diocesan Board for Schools, PP4S has been running every two years since 2008 inviting thousands of schoolchildren to come together in this exciting interactive educational project.
WHAT IS THE AIM?
PP4S aims to enrich music education through:
- arranging for professional musicians to lead workshops at participating schools
- giving every pupil the opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall including some solo opportunities
- an awe-inspiring, high-quality concert which showcases a range of music
- providing music in accessible formats for schools to adopt in Collective Worship for years to come
PP4S aims to enrich RE education through:
- a creative multi-media re-telling of a Bible story through music, art, dance and R.E.
- providing a lesson plan to enable pupils to explore the story in a cross-curricular way
- providing an opportunity for pupils to respond to the story through art
- Ensuring the theme of the concert fits with the LDBS RE syllabus for Upper Key Stage 2.
WHO IS THE EVENT FOR?
PP4S is an inclusive event which is suitable for pupils from Year 4 to Year 7.
HOW MANY PUPILS CAN EACH SCHOOL BRING?
PP4S runs every two years so we recommend involving two year groups in the project so that over time every pupil can participate. Many schools choose to involve Y5 and Y6 but the event is also appropriate for pupils in Y4 and Y7.
HOW LONG HAS PP4S BEEN RUNNING?
There have been 8 PP4S concerts since 2002. (runs every two years)
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ALL SOULS MUSIC?http://www.allsoulsmusic.org/
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LDBS?
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
Please feel free to contact the All Souls Music office with any questions.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Phone: 0207 935 7246
2. WHAT IS THE THEME OF THE
(update October 2020)
As we won’t be able to join together in the Royal Albert Hall in 2021, we are presently working on a great new project. Look out for details to follow shortly
WHAT IS THE CONTENT OF THE PROJECT?
PP4S is a Christian Arts project that runs through the spring term normally culminating with an mass event at the Royal Albert Hall.
In normal times, all participating schools receive:
- A 2 hour after school INSET session and Resource Pack
- Music to learn (in various accessible formats)
- An RE Lesson Plan exploring the Exodus story and modern-day slavery
- A 1-hour Workshop in your school led by trained musicians
- (limited number available on a first-come-first- served basis)
- An Art Challenge
- An opportunity to audition your school choir for solo performance
- Concert tickets for pupils and supervising adults
- The experience of performing in a Massed Choir at the Royal Albert Hall
- A souvenir concert programme for each pupil
3. WHAT WAS DIFFERENT ABOUT
THE FORMAT IN 2019?
- In 2019 all the pupils who participated in the project formed a fantastic choir with around 2500 Primary aged pupils from across London
- The final concert featured a guest storyteller to narrate us through our adventure through Egypt
- We worked with headteachers to choose a programme which is inclusive, appropriate for all London pupils and relevant to the curriculum
- Outstanding Secondary school musicians had the opportunity to audition to be part of the Orchestra
MY SCHOOL DOESN’T HAVE A CHOIR, WILL THE MUSIC BE TOO CHALLENGING?
The music has been carefully selected and arranged to be suitable for all pupils at KS2. We ask each school to learn 5 songs. Each song is collective worship friendly and we hope it will benefit all your pupils for many years to come.
(GO TO SONG LIST AND LYRICS)
WHERE WILL BE MY SCHOOL BE SEATED IN THE HALL?
After listening to feedback, we want every school to feel part of the action so, this time we are placing all schools will be allocated prime seating. This year we are putting the orchestra in the Arena and schools in the choir stalls, stage and two thirds of the stalls.
WHY ARE WE MAKING THESE CHANGES?
We always appreciate feedback and these changes are being made in response to the helpful comments we received after the last event from schools who attended in 2016. The aim of PP4S has always been to provide a fantastic music and RE experience for pupils and this new approach gives many more pupils the opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. In addition, including Secondary school musicians provides them with a once in a lifetime opportunity as well as inspiration for all the Primary school participants.
4. ABOUT AUDITIONING
DO WE NEED TO AUDITION TO BE PART OF THE MASSED CHOIR?
No, all participating schools and pupils are automatically included in the massed choir and have the opportunity to perform in the Royal Albert Hall.
WHAT SOLO AND FEATURED CHOIR OPPORTUNITIES WILL THERE BE?
With consultation with our Music Director, we have opened up the following soloist or choir audition role opportunities.
- A choir to sing – ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd’ (Primary School choir)
Lyric sheet here
- Soloists/ choir to sing – ‘Amazing Grace – my chains are gone’ (Primary School choir)
Lyric sheet here
HOW ARE THE SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPANTS CHOSEN?
We ask schools to audition for a featured solo by sending a video recording of your choir singing one of the above pieces. We expect it in a 2 part harmony.
Selection is based on the following criteria:
- Quality and pitch
- Stage presence
Shortlisted choirs will now be judged by our Artist Director who will make the final decision. (Based on the track you submitted).
Please note : we realise that not all schools have access to high quality recording facilities so the quality of your submitted recording will not affect the selection process.
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT IF MY CHOIR IS SELECTED TO PERFORM A SOLO?
The expectation is that the choir will rehearse the piece independently. Additional support from the All Souls Music team will be available depending on need and we will work closely with you in the run up to the concert.
5. ABOUT MUSICIAN WORKSHOP
The workshops are led by our professional musician team. It is a really good way of not only connecting to cross-curricular subjects but most of all it will help prepare your pupils for the concert. When the Orchestra plays it helps them connect back to the workshop they had (as well as spotting the orchestra members playing who might have taken their workshop!)
The aim of the musician workshop in 2019 was to listen to ‘Mars’ from ‘The Planets’ by Holst and identify features in terms of pitch, dynamics and texture. In groups, create a piece of music that helps tell the story of the Israelites in slavery by using pitch, dynamics and texture (specifically ostinato) and then perform it to the rest of the class.
- I can recall sounds in terms of rhythm and pitch.
- I can listen to music and identify high and low pitch, loud and soft (ff and p) dynamic and texture (ostinato rhythm)
- I can work with others
- I can work together to create and perform a short piece of music that uses pitch, rhythm and ostinato that describes the Israelites in slavery
Links to curricular aims
- ‘perform, listen to, review and evaluate music… including the works of the great
composers and musicians’
- ‘to create and compose music on their own and with others’
- ‘understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch..dynamics..texture…’
Links to attainment targets (KS2)
- ‘play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts’
- ‘Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music’
- ‘Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory’
- ‘Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians’
*Please note that we are only able to offer visits based on their location within M25 area and may not be able to serve those who apply for further afield. Contact the office if you have any questions relating to this but all Schools that have registered their interest will be contacted by Anna shortly.*
6. ABOUT THE ART CHALLENGE
Throughout history, many artists have been inspired by the events that are recorded in the Bible.
The Art Challenge is an opportunity for pupils to respond to the story and the music by producing their own artwork. They should focus on one part of the story and use any medium or materials that are available.
During the concert at the Royal Albert Hall we project pupils’ work onto the screens to help us to tell the story. At the last event we found that pupils loved seeing their work exhibited in this way!
More details to follow.
Note to Teachers:
In order to be considered for the inclusion at the Royal Albert Hall, your entries must be delivered to us by taking a high- quality photograph of the piece of artwork and send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via Dropbox or WeTransfer. Make sure that each child’s name, school and year group are written clearly somewhere on the artwork or email.
We are sorry that we are unable to return artwork. In consideration of entering this Art Challenge each entrant grants to Langham Arts a perpetual and irrevocable licence to use and reproduce the artistic works comprised in the entry for the purpose of the Prom Praise for Schools education programme.
7. PROBLEMS WITH REGISTRATION
I AM HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE REGISTRATION FORM
If you are having trouble filling out the google form, click here to be taken to the full page version. (You may need to open it in another web browser).
If you are really struggling, please feel free to contact us or simply print the form off and return it via post to our contact address:
PP4S, St Paul’s Church, Robert Adam Street, London, W1U 3HW
I WISH TO BRING A CHOIR NOT A GROUP, WHAT BUNDLE DO I PICK?
Please contact us to discuss.
IF I WANT TO AUDITION MY CHOIR FOR A SOLO PART, DO I STILL NEED TO PAY FOR THE REGISTRATION BUNDLE?
Yes, every school is required to pay the registration bundle, because once the piece is sung, you will still require seats! (and the fee also contributes to other elements too).
I REGISTERED MY SCHOOL, BUT WE NOW CAN’T COME, CAN WE HAVE A REFUND?The registration bundle is non- refundable.
8. ON THE DAY ARRANGEMENTS
(this information applied to the 2019 – for your information)
ON THE DAY – NEW
Due to the change in Massed Choir (above), there will be significant changes to the timing of the day and procedures for accessing the building.
Parent tickets – NEW UPDATE
Parent tickets will be available at a cost of £15 per Box ticket and £10 per Circle ticket. These are available directly through the Royal Albert Hall Box Office near the end of January 2019. We will send your school information regarding this ahead of time. Any remaining tickets will be on sale via the Royal Albert Hall Box Office from February 2019 at a higher price. Please note that parents will not be seated with their children.
9. TEACHERS INSET
Prom Praise for Schools like to invite teachers to an INSET to present the project and answer questions about the theme and processes for that year in question. It will also be an opportunity for our conductor to explain the music content so that the school can be well rehearsed ready for the concert.
The INSET will cover:
– Introduction to All Souls Orchestra & PP4S
– The Programme outline
– The songs – to give you a taste of them
– Logistics – giving you some idea of what happens in the lead up and on the day
– Any other questions you have
St Paul’s Church, Robert Adam Street, W1U 3HW
(By the way, it doesn’t look like a church!)
Congestion charge applies up to 6.00pm. Parking meters apply until 6.30pm.
Nearest tube stations are Bond Street or Baker Street
Wednesday 9th January
Monday 14th January
Time: Start at 4.30pm and end approx 6.00pm (light refreshments provided)
We do ask that you make this a priority to attend one of these dates.
To confirm your place, please fill out the short form here.