Sing the Christmas Story 2018

Sing the Christmas Story 2018

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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 the Christmas story narrated by Cate Madden, Music Adviser.

 

Cancellations will be subject to charge.

 

This event brings together children from different schools to sing as a massed choir the very special story of Christmas in inspirational venues.

 

What is Sing the Christmas Story?

Pupils from schools join together in local churches or Chester Cathedral to listen to the Christmas Story narrated by Cate Madden, Music Adviser, 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. Schools will be able to purchase a ‘bundle’ of songs from Out of the Ark which includes all songs used in each performance and details for this will be sent shortly. 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 come to the front of the Church or Cathedral to sing 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 front to hold a lighted candle and process down the aisle.

Schools are advised to complete their own Risk Benefit Assessment for this event.

 

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 would like to photograph the pupils with lighted candles in front of the musicians. This image will be shared on social media and future publications. A consent form will be sent to participating schools to be completed by the selected child’s parents/carers. Please select the child in advance and bring the completed form to the event.

 

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 any of the following sessions:

  • Wednesday 3rd October 2018           3:30pm – 4.30pm               Williamson Art Gallery, Prenton, CH43 4UE
  • Thursday 4th October 2018                3:30pm – 4.30pm               Conway Centres, Tattenhall, CH3 9PX
  • Wednesday 10th October 2018         3:30pm – 4:30pm               Action Transport Theatre, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9AE

 

Teachers/School staff may attend any of these sessions regardless of which event they are bringing their children to. Click here to book

 

 

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 £2.00 per child plus VAT.

 

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

  • Monday 3rd December                      St Chads Over C of E Church

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

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

 

  • Tuesday 4th December                       St Thomas’ and All Saints Church, Ellesmere Port

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

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

 

  • Wednesday 5th December                Christ Church, Birkenhead

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

Key Stage 1                          10:45am – 11:45am (now Fully Booked)

 

  • Thursday 6th December                     St. Helen’s, Northwich

Key Stage 2                          9:30am – 10:30am (now Fully Booked)

Key Stage 1                          10:45am – 11:45am (now Fully Booked)

 

  • Friday 7th December                           The Cathedral, Chester

Key Stage 2                           10:15am – 11:30am (now Fully Booked)

Key Stage 1                           1:30pm – 2:30pm (Filling up very fast!  Limited places available)

 

We anticipate this event will book very quickly so book now to avoid disappointment.

I look forward to seeing and hearing your children to Sing the Christmas Story 2018.

 

 

If you have any queries about this event, please contact: Cate Madden, Music Adviser for Edsential: cate.madden@edsential.co.uk

 

When booking please select:

Quantity: 1

Select ‘add-on’ pupil at £2 each and enter number

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

The complete the remainder of the form details

If you have any difficulties booking this event, please contact: Laura Burkhill: laura.burkhill@edsential.co.uk

 

The repertoire list can be found here

 

Instructions of how to purchase the songs can be found here

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 each - £2
  • Staff at £0 each - £0

Sing the Christmas Story 2018

03rd December 2018
9.30am – 10.30am

St Chads Over C Of E Church
Swanlow Lane
Winsford
CW7 4DA


03rd December 2018
10:45am - 11:45pm

St Chads Over C Of E Church
Swanlow Lane
Winsford
CW7 4DA


04th December 2018
9.30am – 10.30am

St Thomas’ and All Saints Church,
Ellesmere Port


04th December 2018
10:45am - 11:45pm

St Thomas’ and All Saints Church,
Ellesmere Port


05th December 2018
9.30am – 10.30am

Christ Church,
Birkenhead


07th December 2018
1:30pm - 2:30pm

The Cathedral,
Chester


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