Children from Pevensey and Westham school will join Hailsham Choral Society to perform the world premiere performance of a piece of music written to celebrate the 800th anniversary of St Nicolas Church Pevensey. ‘The True Saint Nicolas’, by local writers
Ruth Kenward and Martin Neill, makes the connection between Father Christmas and Saint Nicolas, after whom the familiar Santa Claus was named.
This exciting new cantata will be performed as a part of a musical celebration of Saint Nicolas, and will serve to contrast with Haydn’s much older work ‘Missa Sancti Nicolai’ (‘Saint Nicolas Mass), which – despite its great age – was composed around 550 years after the church was built, underlining just how old St Nicolas Pevensey really is!
“We are really thrilled to have this world premiere performance taking place in our church, with its renowned wonderful acoustics,” said George Stephens, from the church’s fund raising committee. “The concert is just one of a whole series of fund-raising events during 2016 that will help preserve our very important historic building.”
Concert Tickets are £10 for adults, children £5
The concert is supported by Gaby Hardwicke, BPE Communications, 1066 Country, Priory Court Hotel, Starshine Music, Carr Taylor Wines, Visick Cars, Pevensey Town Trust and Wealden District Council.
Music is an important part of school life. We often find it easier to learn through songs, sounds and rhythms and music forms an integral part of our Collective Worship. We also teach music as a discrete subject in its own right which in itself has lots of benefits for our pupils.
We teach the inter-related dimensions of music through a variety of different genres: pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and notation. We aim to give children an appreciation of music history and musical influences. As well as singing, we encourage children to try out instruments within their classroom lessons and hope some will go on to take up an instrument with the excellent peripatetic teachers we have access to through the East Sussex Music Hub and other contacts.
Music boosts pupil and social development. It improves learning and builds life skills, fostering team working. Music underpins better behaviour as it supports self discipline and encourages creativity. Music is fun; music is for life and, crucially, music is for everyone!