Sing the Christmas Story 2022

Sing the Christmas Story 2022

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Join us and other schools to sing as a massed choir the very special story of Christmas in inspirational venues.

Our annual Christmas singing event for primary and special schools gives pupils a wonderful opportunity to come together in a beautiful, inspirational venue to sing specially selected songs accompanied by an ensemble of Edsential musicians with a narration of the Christmas Story.

What is Sing the Christmas Story?

Pupils from schools join together to listen to a narration of the Christmas Story, and to sing specially selected songs for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, accompanied by the fabulous musicians from Edsential.

Which songs do we sing?

There is a different set of songs for each Key Stage and the children will learn them in school before the event. We are using carefully selected songs from Out of the Ark, including the new musical ‘The Big Little Nativity’ for KS1. In addition, your school may want to share your own favourite Christmas song which is linked to the Nativity story. Your children and teachers will be invited to stand and share your special song.

What happens at the event?

Children from all schools will sit in school groups facing the front of the church, where the musicians and narrator will be seated. The Christmas story is then interspersed with the songs which the children have already learnt in school. If schools have learnt their own song, this will be fitted in at the relevant part of the story. During the performance, one pupil from each school, accompanied by an adult, will be asked to come to the end of the aisle to hold a lighted candle.

Can we bring parents?

Due to the large numbers of children taking part, we cannot offer audience seats. Schools may, of course, bring adults to supervise children and are allocated seats according to pupil/teacher ratio for school visits.

Can we use these songs again?

Absolutely! The songs you learn can easily be adapted to your school’s own Christmas event and as they include a traditional carol, the audience can join in! Please note, you may need to apply for a license to use the songs in your own setting, details can be found on the Out of the Ark website.

Can we take photos?

Schools may, of course, photograph their own pupils and we ask that you use discretion when doing so, and follow your own setting’s policy for use of these images. Edsential will not be photographing the event as a whole. 

We have never done this event before and would like to know more?

There is also an opportunity for teachers and TAs to find out more about the event at one of the Teachers’ Meetings. There is no charge for these meetings as they are fully funded by the Musical Routes Education Hub where in addition to listening to and learning the songs, staff will pick up useful ideas for introducing them with their classes. You are invited to attend the following session:

  • Monday 7th November online 4-5pm

How do we get involved?

Sing the Christmas Story is for pupils from Primary, Special Schools and Academies. There are two performances at each venue, one for Key Stage 1 and the other for Key Stage 2, at a cost of £2.50 per child plus VAT.

This year we will be presenting Sing the Christmas Story over the following dates and venues:

  • Friday 2nd December                           The Cathedral, Chester

Key Stage 2                           10:15am – 11:30am

Key Stage 1                           1:30pm – 2:30pm

  • Thursday 1stDecember                          St Thomas & All Saints’ Church, Ellesmere Port

Key Stage 2                           9:30am – 10:30am

Key Stage 1                           10:45am – 11:45am

 

If all spaces become fully booked, please email music@edsential.co.uk to be added to a waiting list. More spaces may become available, and we will look into releasing additional tickets.

If you have any other queries about this event, please contact: Helen Chetwood, Area and Vocal Strategy Lead: helen.chetwood@edsential.co.uk

INSTRUCTIONS:

When booking please select:

Quantity: 1

Select ‘add-on’ pupil at £2.50 each + VAT and enter number

Select ‘add-on’ adults at £0 each + VAT and enter number

If you have any difficulties booking this event, please contact: music@edsential.co.uk

In the event of a cancellation made by Edsential, booking fees will be refunded.  In the event of school cancellation, fees will still be charged as seats cannot be resold at short notice and costs need to be covered.

Repertoire

We use carefully selected songs to inspire children’s learning about this very special story and to develop their singing skills through pieces for each key stage – and include some that your whole school community can sing together to celebrate Christmas!

Key Stage 1  (Songs £3.30 each or £16.50 plus VAT for KS1 bundle)

From The Big Little Nativity 

  • The Big, Big Story 
  • A Big Adventure 
  • Knock, Knock, Who’s There? 
  • Here to Worship him 
  • Sing The Good News 

Key Stage 2  (Songs £3.30 each or £16.50 plus VAT for KS2 bundle)

From Bethlehem The Musical

  • O Little Town Of Joy 
  • The Love Of God Has Come 

From DIY Nativity 

  • Bumpy Journey 

From Lights, Camel, action 2 

  • Gabriel’s Gospel 

From It’s A Party 

  • It’s A Party 

Note: Details of how to download the songs will be sent to your email once you place the booking.

Dates & Locations:

This course has multiple dates and locations available. Please click the ‘Dates and Locations’ tab to view all dates and venues.

Add-ons:

  • Pupils at £2.50 each - £2.50
  • Staff at £0 each - £0

Tutors:

Sing the Christmas Story 2022

01st December 2022
KS2 9:30 - 10:30am

St Thomas & All Saints’ Church, Ellesmere Port


01st December 2022
KS1 10:45 - 11:45 am

St Thomas & All Saints’ Church, Ellesmere Port


02nd December 2022
KS1 1:30 - 2:30 pm

The Cathedral,
Chester


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