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Snowman at Christmas

Snowman at Christmas

Saturday 8th December 2019 Children from Sandwell Primary Schools, in partnership with SIPS Music and Arts, were invited by the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and their conductor Richard Laing to join them in their Christmas concert at Birmingham Town Hall. The...

130th Mayors Christmas Concert

130th Mayors Christmas Concert

Saturday 7th December 2019 Sandwell Youth Brass Band and the Saint Catherine of Siena Academy Trust Choirs, were honoured to perform in the 130th Mayors Christmas Concert.  The Youth Brass Band opened the evening with a rousing rendition of Leroy Anderson's "A...

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

Thursday 5th December The audience at WBTH were treated to a sparkling selection of music from YCB, ISO, IBB and YO. All groups performed to their usual high standard, a mixture of non-festive and festive pieces. Many performers (and conductors!) were decked out in...

December Delights

December Delights

Tuesday 3 rd December Throughout the December delights concert a fantastic level of musicianship was displayed by all musicians.  The ensembles featured were; Jazz Orchestra, Intermediate Concert band, Youth Brass band and Training String Orchestra. It was also...

A Whisper of Christmas

A Whisper of Christmas

Monday 2nd December 2019 The fabulous Mini Maestros and our Sandwell Chamber Music Groups performed in a concert called a ‘Whisper Of Christmas’. Many of the string players in the Mini Maestros had never performed before, so this intimate setting, at the West Bromwich...

Rock and Pop Night

Rock and Pop Night

Tuesday 26th November Well done to all the students involved in our fantastic Rock and Pop showcase at West Bromwich Library last month! The ukulele rocks! group performed a wonderful trio of rock n’ roll classics, ‘Shake Rattle and roll’, ‘Rock around the Clock’, and...

STEPS Songbook – Working with the LACE Virtual School

STEPS Songbook – Working with the LACE Virtual School

Back in November, SIPS Music and Arts Service worked in partnership with MAC Makes Music Birmingham, on a project to explore the songs and musical cultures of the children and young people at the STEPS Centre in Sandwell. (Sandwell Transitional Educational...

Music and Pupil Progress at KS2

Music and Pupil Progress at KS2

Is there a link between Music and Pupil Progress..? Introduction As an established and trusted service, SIPS Education - Music & Arts Service (SMAS) are privileged to be working in so many schools across Sandwell. There is no doubt that schools highly value our...

Pro Bassist Sandy Beales Inspires Young Musicians

Pro Bassist Sandy Beales Inspires Young Musicians

Sandy Beales, bass guitarist touring with One Direction for over 4 years now playing with JP Cooper, delivered an inspiring afternoon with students from Q3 Academy, Hollylodge, Sandwell College, Shireland Collegiate and Wodensborough. Sandy told of how he came to play...

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