Parent from Victoria Road
Parent - Victoria Road Primary – Gospel Feast of Choirs - Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool
"I would just like to drop a quick message, to say a huge thank you to Accent Music Education Hub especially Mel (Gospel). My daughter Chloe and class friends performed last night in Liverpool, what an amazing night. All the schools did an amazing job and were fantastic. Chloe sang solo in the final song and it took my heart away. Thank you for giving her the opportunity and also Victoria Road Primary School the chance to perform. They all loved it. Please send my thank you to everybody involved especially Mel who Chloe has loved spending time with. I hope that she continues with Victoria Road in the future. Wishing you all the success you deserve for the future".
Pupil Year 6 – Twiss Green Primary School – Full Class/ Continuation Group Tuition
"I enjoyed doing it in year 4 with the Whole Class. It was fun and we played a lot of pieces and played some cool games. When I continued to play in Year 5 and 6 I enjoyed the harder music and the different styles that our teacher gave us. My best experience was going to the play days, singing the songs and then playing with the Hallé Orchestra."
Pupil Year 6 – Twiss Green Community Primary School – Whole Class/Continuation Group Tuitionl
"I like my music lessons because our teacher gives us lots of challenging pieces of music and I passed my Grade 1 exam this year (2013). Mr Jones encourages me to practice often and I like it how he composes music just for us. My best feeling in playing was at the play days organised by Accent and then playing with the Hallé Orchestra."
Class Teacher, Hale CE School, Widnes
"We have the whole class violin tuition. The class teacher has had a chat with the children to see what they think." Mrs Herd says that:
"Mrs Perkins teaches in a way that's fun. She's very skilled and the children like to listen to her accompany them. The children said that what they like best is playing alongside Mrs Perkins on the piano. It feels like you are playing in a real orchestra. A few children have bought their own violins and they are starting to read music. We are going to continue with violin tuition for this class next year as they are making so much progress and seem to be enjoying it."
Music Co-ordinator - Moorfield Primary School, Widnes
"The children at Moorfield have really enjoyed taking part in the Whole Class Brass Tuition. It ensures that all key stage 2 children leaving our school in year 6 have learned a brass instrument and many continue to do so at High School. We have taken part in this project for the past few years and will definitely continue to do so in the years to come!"
Mrs J Johnson
Headteacher - Our Lady's Catholic Primary School, Warrington
"We cannot speak highly enough of the keyboard lessons provided by Accent Music Education Hub. The children thoroughly enjoy learning as the lessons are lively and fun. The tutor's enthusiasm is infectious, and our pupils are totally engaged in the whole lesson. Tutors use singing notation and body percussion to teach musical skills, and children perform with joy and confidence in a range of situations."
Broomfields Junior School, Warrington
"I would like to express my thanks to Mr Clark for the amazing work on African drumming that he has undertaken with my class this term. So far we have had 8 weeks of the 10 week sessions and I cannot believe the progress that the children have made. Each session has skilfully built on the previous session and we are now at a point where the children are ready to perform for the rest of our school and their parents.
Individuals have been identified to play lead parts, dance, lead a call and response and play a variety of instruments which has resulted in all children feeling that they are an important part of each piece of music, their confidence and self esteem have been boosted and they have been greatly enthused by the sessions every single week. Back in class during everyday lessons such as Literacy and Science, every so often the children start tapping out rhythms or singing songs from the sessions, they have also used some of the phrases in their Haiku poetry recently! They will be devastated when the sessions finish. What will we do on Wednesday mornings!!!!
At our end of year Samba Concert with three Year 3/4 classes playing together it was a pleasure to highlight to the parents that the children are all asked to make a 'Year' book saying what they've enjoyed during that year. 75% of all the children had written that "Samba drumming with Phil was what they had enjoyed the most". Really touching and deserving comment.
Jane & Stephen Murphy Foundation
Maureen Hochstrasser to Mrs. Johnson - Our Lady's Head Teacher
I thought the concert was great and believe me I have seen a few! I thought Fran Sixsmith was inspirational. The children obviously have gained so much from the experience. I think Janice Pounds and her team are doing a terrific job. Long may it continue. Enjoy the summer and semi-retirement.
Early Years Tutor on behalf of Accent Music Education Hub
Claire Longstaff, who teaches early years on behalf of Accent Music Education Hub was complimented within an email received from a year 2 teacher within a local primary school - ‘I would like to let you know how very pleased we are to have Claire in school this term. Her teaching is excellent. She is enthusiastic and makes music fun. The children are learning so much. We don't want her sessions to end. Bravo to you and your team!’
Pupil Year 11 – Penketh High School – Individual Tuition
"Since starting with my teacher I have learnt a lot about playing my trumpet and the music that I play. In lessons we talk and play different types of music, and sometimes we listen to different versions of the piece I’m playing. In the last 4 years I have done a number of grade exams (3, 4 and 5) and this year I am doing my grade 7. The music is hard but my teacher helps me work out the hard parts and if I don’t understand anything he plays it for me. My best experience on the trumpet was playing the Haydn (2nd movement of Haydn Trumpet Concerto) at the Accent concert. I really enjoy all the different things I do with my teacher."
Parent of Ian Flood Year 1 – Pre-School Family Learning tuition
"Alderman Bolton Community Primary School have a “family learning” lesson, for children (from reception through all years), parents and teachers. My son started playing in reception and has continued into Year 1. The teacher is great! Within weeks he had them playing a tune in a small group. He is very encouraging, making sure all the children can play and understand what they are playing. Each week he builds upon the previous weeks’ learning, making it fun and enjoyable with short pieces like “Hot Cross Buns” and “Jingle Bells”. I think these lessons are great for the children, encouraging concentration, rhythm and group work. I think it is great that Alderman Bolton School are part of this scheme and I would encourage other pupils to join us!"
Thank you from Mrs A
Parent - Mrs A -Year 5 Student - Keyboard Project delivered in Warrington
"My son has been learning keyboards with Fran at his School each week and was at the Keyboard Concert at The Parr Hall last night.
I just wanted to contact you to thank you so much for all you have done for my son; he has really enjoyed your lessons and he had an absolute ball at the concert. He struggles with a number of issues including ADHD and is under review for ASD, and so it is really a fantastic achievement for him to co-ordinate singing, dancing AND keyboard playing in front of such a big crowd. I was so proud of him last night and he's already asking to continue to learn the keyboard.
Thank you once again for all your commitment and time.
Parent - Jennie Worrall Year 10 - Sir Thomas Boteler High School – Group tuition in St Andrew’s Primary School
"Jennie first started playing the trumpet in St Andrew’s Primary School in Year 4. The children in the class were asked who was interested in learning the trumpet. After trying a few instruments those who could play a note out of the trumpet were asked to join the school band. Since then she has not looked back. Jennie has achieved her Grades 4 and 5 and is working towards her Grade 8. She has in the last year auditioned and become a reserve for the National Children’s Band Of Great Britain, played solos in concerts organised by Mr Jones and Accent Music Education Hub, and in solo competitions all over the north of England. With encouragement from her teacher, she has joined a local brass band and has played in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain."
Parent from Penketh South
Parent - Penketh South Primary – Gospel Feast of Choirs - Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool
"I would personally like to thank Callum for teaching them this year. His enthusiasm is amazing and my daughter has truly loved every minute of it. Her confidence has grown and seeing how much they all enjoy singing and performing together is wonderful. Thank you so much for this opportunity. I wish you all the very best".
Cherry Tree Primary
"Thank you to you and your team for organising a moving and professional event last night. The way Mel inspires and leads all of the schools is truly inspirational! Many thanks.
St. Wilfrid's Primary School - Peter Halsall, Deputy Head Teacher
Keyboard Concert, Pyramid and Parr Hall, Warrington
I just thought I would take this opportunity to let you know what a resounding success last night’s concert was. It was my first experience of the event and I arrived with some trepidation. Seemingly thousands of children in an alien setting were the perfect ingredients for chaos.
As it turned out, brilliant performances and astonishing organisation led to a complete success. The way the children moved from seats to stage and back again, stopping only to put in super performances on the way, was little short of amazing. It was like a perfectly oiled, musical machine. Please pass on my congratulations and thanks.
Lucy Rafferty - Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Gospel Feast of Choirs
"I am glad we were able to support you and assist in creating such a fantastic Feast of Choirs this year – it was a pleasure to host again. I think it may have been the best to date – you should all be extremely proud".
Grandparent from Our Lady's Catholic Primary School
I am writing to say how impressed I was with the afternoon's entertainment that was presented to us last week. Words such as enthusiasm, inclusive, rousing, excellent, choreography, highly enjoyable and good fun spring to mind.
Every child gave their all and every child played an equal part in both the singing and the movements - no one star but everyone a star - each child taking a turn at the microphone and thoroughly enjoying the experience.
The audience was carried away by the sheer exuberance of the performance and I for one was proud of everyone involved - children, teachers and the watching parents.
The sheer "gusto" of it all really enthused everyone.
I look forward to more of the same in the future and believe that such an experience can only be affirmative for children, teachers and parents alike.
Children of The Hub Sing Pop Classics
Select Security Stadium
Thank you so very much for the incredible experience the children had singing at the Stadium. The chosen songs were appropriate for school age and the children took great pleasure in learning them. In fact their parents did also! ...Without the opportunities you have provided this year, their singing would not have improved to the degree it has. The have everlasting memories and the joy in their faces whilst singing and performing the songs in the stadium is one I will always hold close to me as their choir leader. This year KS1 loved learning the animal songs which they sung at Wade Deacon. Whole school singing in assemblies and in performances has also improved, and parents have noted this. I can't thank you enough for the huge effort it must have taken to put it all together! It is massively appreciated. We are happy to come from Warrington to Widnes to sing so please keep us informed of the next performances!
Natasha Hewlett, Statham Primary
The COHS event was excellent and a true reflection of the strength of character of our pupils, teachers and staff. The singing and excitement was also great fun too.
David Baugh – Headteacher, Pewithall Primary School, Runcorn
I just wanted to say how fantastic last night was, so well organised and great fun for all involved. Feedback from parents, staff and pupils has been great. Thank you so much for all your hard work. Really up lifting at the end of a busy day.
Lesley Feakes – Headteacher, Simms Cross Primary School, Widnes
I would just like to say a big thank you to you for organising the Pop Classics concert. We all had a great time! The children were absolutely buzzing, and so were the staff! The rain didn't put any of us off at all. I was really impressed at how well organised it was. I've been to many big singing events and I think this one was by far the best.
Paula - St Vincents
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for organising such an exciting and enjoyable event. We all had a wonderful time( in spite of the inclement weather). I know how much time and effort this must have taken on your part but it was well worth it on the night! Our children loved every moment.
Barbara Parkhill (Halton Lodge)
I have been meaning to write to say thank you so very much for the incredible experience the children had singing at the Stadium. The chosen songs were appropriate for school age and the children took great pleasure in learning them. In fact their parents did also! We try to take every opportunity to bring our children to sing in different venues to develop their performance skills and also to gain experience in singing with other children. Without the opportunities you have provided this year, their singing would not have improved to the degree it has. They have everlasting memories and the joy in their faces whilst singing and performing the songs in the stadium is one I will always hold close to me as their choir leader. This year KS1 loved learning the animal songs which they sang at Wade Deacon. Every element of their singing improved through practising the songs. Whole school singing in assemblies and in performances has also improved, and parents have noted this.
I can't thank you enough for the huge effort it must have taken to put it all together! It is massively appreciated. We are happy to come from Warrington to Widnes to sing so please keep us informed of the next performances!
Natasha Hewlett (Statham Community Primary School)