It’s that time of year again…. SNAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!
For five consecutive years the whole-class workshops have conjured some memorable moments for the children who take part. The jubilation and fellowship that’s shared between each and every child during these events is something that can only be captured at Christmas time. And this is partly the reason behind Snappy Christmas’ widespread appeal; the euphoric atmosphere that’s created is breathtaking for the parents who attend.
Snappy Christmas 2017 featured songs from countries around the world.
This year the scope and scale has not been minimised and we’re hoping for our biggest and most successful Snappy Christmas to date. Returning to the event is the Snappy Music band, formed collectively from TVMS staff, who will perform a medley of Christmas classics as well as introducing the pupils to several Snappy Songs; written, performed and arranged by Tees Valley Music Service.
2018’s event will also feature the largest number of schools we’ve ever had. Over 70 schools will take part in Snappy Christmas 2018 which accounts for more than 5000 children overall across all 5 days.
With the first of the five events scheduled for next week venue preparations have already been made, tickets have been purchased and the Snappy Band have had their final rehearsal. For up to date coverage of our Snappy concerts visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
View the official dates and venues below from the posters along with the schools that will be taking part this year…
A new mass-singing event took place in March, resembling the large scale Snappy Christmas workshops that took place last year. With the success of the December events, TVMS wanted to extend the Snappy Music brand even further by offering a fresh and exciting workshop and concert to schools and pupils during the Spring term. This took the form of Snappy Spring, a unique, engaging and memorable experience for primary school children. But unlike Snappy Christmas, these series of workshops were targeted solely towards KS1 children.
The response to the event was monumental as over 50 schools and more than 2000 Key Stage 1 pupils enrolled in Snappy Spring! The event spanned 3 dates, was hosted in 3 venues and each featured a show-stopping concert at the end of each session. With assistance from TVMS Staff and with the return of the Snappy Band, the pupils expertly performed to parents and relatives after an initial rehearsal.
The songs were majorly TVMS’ own works with standouts such as Spring Chicken and Stanley and Cedric however 2 schools performed solos. To accompany the singing, the children also learnt actions to the songs so there was a lot to memorise which was no small feat but the pupils rose to the challenge and performed with confidence. The 30 minute showcase ended in an ovation from the audience. Susan Robertson, TVMS Manager, then thanked the pupils and teachers for taking part. She commented particularly that it was “lovely that schools saw the value in music and the positive impact events like Snappy Spring can have on young children”. Mrs Robertson than showed appreciation to the TVMS band, the staff at the venue and to the parents who not only supported their children by attending the performance but also supported TVMS itself.
A £1 entry fee was asked and gratefully received from each attendee which will go towards providing more musical opportunities for children living in Teesside.
To summarise, the Snappy Spring events were a tremendous success and affirm our belief that music can enrich children’s lives both socially and academically. Look out for more Snappy Music events coming up later this year including Snappy Carmen, launching this June.
This year’s Snappy Christmas kicked off in style with around 500 children from Stockton on Tees schools performing to over 900 parents and family members. The following day “Snappy” rolled into the Borough Hall in Hartlepool for another enormously successful event and the next two weeks see a further three; two consecutive days at Eston Sports Centre on December 12th & 13th and a return to Thornaby Pavilion on December 7th due to massive demand, the latter to feature live on BBC Tees!