‘Roar’ Year 5 and 6 Choir – Southwark Vocal Magic Rehearsals

On Friday, come and enjoy the explosive force of nearly 300 Southwark students coming together to share inspirational songs, our year 5 and 6 choir have been rehearsing with the inspirational Mark De Lisser and wonderfully talented singers from Singology.

Here is a quick glimpse into our recent rehearsals!

Building on the legacy of Southwark Splash, the concert is the result of a series of in-school workshops coordinated by All About The Music and artistic direction comes from vocal leader Mark De Lisser and his vocal tutor team. Mark De Lisser is one of the vocal coaches from The Voice and he led the ACM Gospel choir who reached the semi finals of ‘Last Choir Standing’.

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Year 6 Leavers Concert

Last Week we celebrated the music and singing of Year 6 children who are leaving the school this year with a leavers’ concert.

The Year 6 choir sang songs from their recent repertoire and year 6 musicians performed individually and in groups.They were joined by experienced musicians from across the school.

Thank you to all the parents and families who joined us. We hope all these children will continue to develop and enjoy their skills and talents.

British Council – World Voices

This week Charles Dickens Primary School were visited by Metzo Djatah, a famous Senegalese Musician and The British Council. The British Council is launching a new exciting project which, through sharing expertise and resources, children all over the work can use singing to develop their musicality and support wider learning.

Metzo shared a popular Senegalese song with the whole school before teaching the choir and then the choir taught the whole school. We think it sounded pretty great and it was hugely exciting to have such a well known singer performing in our school.

By establishing a tradition of shared performance, with countries posting performances online and collaborating with their neighbours, it is our hope that all young people will benefit from the use of singing throughout their learning.

Choir sings at ‘Dog and Pot’ sculpture unveiling

On Wednesday, Charles Dickens Primary School choir were immensely proud to be a part of the unveiling of the ‘Dog and Pot’ sculpture  at the corner of Union Street and Blackfriars Road, on the last day of the Charles Dickens bicentenary. As a 12 year old boy, Dickens used to walk past a statue of a dog and pot over a shop as he went to work (yes, work), vowing to one day go back to school and make something of himself. He later immortalised it in his autobiography:

My usual way home was over Blackfriars Bridge and down that turning in the Blackfriars Road which has Rowland Hill’s chapel on one side, and the likeness of a golden dog licking a golden pot over a shop door on the other.


Merry Christmas

School finishes today at 2pm. Enjoy a very peaceful holiday and new year. This term finished in a frenzy of festive fun  and tradition. For your amusement, see our annual tradition of singing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, Charles Dickens Style, started by Mr Bailey many years ago and continued to this day with the same level of enthusiasm.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Carol Singing and Winter Warmers


240 biscuits are now sitting in Mrs Buchanan’s kitchen ready for tomorrow’s carol singing in the school playground – the fun begins from 3.15pm when the choir will lead seasonal songs and carols. There will be song sheets so all you need to bring are your voices, seasonal cheer and 20 p to buy a biscuit and a hot chocolate to keep you warm!


Certificates from Boris

Congratulations to the year 5 and 6 choir members who performed in the Thames Festival. Last week they each received a certificate of thanks from London Mayor Boris Johnson for their ‘valuable contribution’  in the recent Thames Festival as part of the children’s choir. A special thanks to Mrs Rhys Evans and Ms Gemmell for their efforts in making the choir sound so beautiful.


CDPS sings Nina Simone

This year we will try to share our singing assemblies with families via the blog. This week was a particular favourite with all the children. These assemblies are not ‘performances’ and as such not perfect but are perhaps the better for it. A school that sings together grows together!

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