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Christmas Concert Conundrum (Music)

Discussion in 'Primary' started by sarahleigh, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. sarahleigh

    sarahleigh New commenter


    I have very recently taken on the role of Music coordinator ( can sing, no other qualifications!!) in a 2-form entry Primary School. We have use of a local church for our Christmas concert which is a combination of readings and songs, with a walk-on Nativity.

    We have used the same 3 scripts for a number of years and I would like something new but it's a mountainous task. I wonder if anyone has any simple but tried, tested and effective ideas - a script and Christmas songs/carols. I'm happy to incorporate music old and/or new.
    Any suggestions very very gratefully grabbed!

    Thank you.
  2. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    How about adapting one of the existing scripts, if you don’t feel confident writing a new one from scratch?
    Keep some readings and poems but take out others and find some fresh ones.
    With carols/Christmas songs, again, keep some familiar ones and use some different ones. There is a lot to choose from here, so it shouldn’t be difficult.
    The Oxford Book of Carols will have many traditional ones.
    Merrily to Bethlehem and Carol, Gaily Carol (published by A & C Black) are old but do contain some helpful material for telling the Christmas story.
    Publishers Out of the Ark, Grumpy Sheep Music and Kevin Mayhew also have a wide range of Christmas songs - check their websites.
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  3. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    Give each class a part of the Christmas story and ask them to come up with a reading, poem, painting, short piece of drama etc. Then link the readings with appropriate carols. That's what I used to do and it worked well. But.... you have to have the class teachers on board. A few suggestions--a reading about the Angel visiting Mary written from The Angel's point of view or Mary's point of view. Or the journey to Bethlehem from the donkey's point of view. If they are reluctant to help out, use Google. There are so many poems/readings out there. One year we based our Carol concert round the word CHRISTMAS. The children took each letter and based
    readings /carols round that.
    Good luck.
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  4. DFC

    DFC New commenter

    Use a simple Christmas story as the basis of the narration. Find something faith linked if needed, and fit in carols / Christmas songs / readings around the text.
    Eg. The Nutcracker
    A simplified version of A Christmas Carol
    The elves and the shoemaker
    The Christmas Roses
    The Tin Soldier
    Papa Panov etc.
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  5. Sir Cumference

    Sir Cumference Occasional commenter

    Here's a resource that can be used as either a carol service with readings, a mimed play or a concert - or a combination of those variations
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  6. Sir Cumference

    Sir Cumference Occasional commenter

  7. bevdex

    bevdex Star commenter

    Christmas around the world with carols from different countries?
    Christmas through the ages with carols/songs from different eras?
    The bar in heaven - discussion between 2 new angels and the Archangel Gabriel about the Christmas story from the Annunciation onward?
    The Nativity from the point of view of the animals involved?
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  8. sarahleigh

    sarahleigh New commenter

  9. sarahleigh

    sarahleigh New commenter

    Thank you - great suggestions.
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  10. sarahleigh

    sarahleigh New commenter

    Thank you.
  11. sarahleigh

    sarahleigh New commenter

    Thank you.
  12. sarahleigh

    sarahleigh New commenter

    Thank you.
  13. sarahleigh

    sarahleigh New commenter

    Thank you.
  14. sarahleigh

    sarahleigh New commenter

    Thank you.
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