Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Jesus said "Let the children come to me" We live and learn and love in His way.


All children as part of the music curriculum here at Holy Family are encouraged to widen their music listening knowledge.

Each week children will be introduced to a new piece of music and a new composer.

They will be discussing the different styles and genres of music and identifying instruments, rhythms, mood and dynamics.

Please encourage your child to listen to these pieces of music at home and even explore other compositions the weekly composer has produced.




by ELO



Mr. Blue Sky" is a song by British rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), featured on the band's seventh studio album Out of the Blue (1977). Written and produced by frontman Jeff Lynne, the song forms the fourth and final track of the "Concerto for a Rainy Day" suite, on side three of the original double album. "Mr. Blue Sky" was the second single to be taken from Out of the Blue, peaking at number 6 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and number 35 in the United States.[2]]


by Bill Withers


Lovely Day" is a song by American soul and R&B singer Bill Withers. Written by Withers and Skip Scarborough, it was released on December 21, 1977 and appears on Withers' 1978 album Menagerie. The song is notable for Withers' sustained note towards the end, which at 18 seconds long, is one of the longest ever recorded on a song.


by Ben E King


Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming-of-age film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell (in his debut film.)

Benjamin Earl King[1] (born Benjamin Earl Nelson, September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015) was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He was perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"—a US Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986 (when it was used as the theme to the film of the same name), a number one hit in the UK in 1987, and no. 25 on the RIAA's list of Songs of the Century—and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters notably singing the lead vocals of one of their biggest global hit singles (and only U.S. #1 hit) "Save the Last Dance for Me".[2]


by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is an R&B/soul rock song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla label, a division of Motown. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becoming a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross. The song became Ross' first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

It has been used for many films including ‘Sister Act’, ‘Step Mom’ and as a soundtrack for some Disney films too.


by Grahame Kendrick

From heaven you came helpless babe Entered our world, your glory veiled Not to be served but to serve And give Your life that we might live

This is our God, The Servant King He calls us now to follow Him To bring our lives as a daily offering Of worship to The Servant King

There in the garden of tears My heavy load he chose to bear His heart with sorrow was torn 'Yet not My will but Yours,' He said

Come see His hands and His feet The scars that speak of sacrifice


by The Chieftains

The Wind That Shakes the Barley" is originally an Irish ballad now reel written by Robert Dwyer Joyce (1836–1883), a Limerick-born poet and professor of English literature. The song is written from the perspective of a doomed young Wexford rebel who is about to fight in the 1798 rebellion in Ireland.[1] The references to barley in the song derive from the fact that the rebels often carried barley or oats in their pockets as provisions for when on the march.

Cultural ambassadors, The Chieftains started their journey in Ireland in 1962. Since then they have won six Grammy Awards and are highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day.



by Robert Burns


A beauty of a song. Composed by Robert Burns who is actually Scottish. But a lovely rendition of times past. Very much irish and used for memories of those departed.


by Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Although he was influenced by Italian and French styles, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English version of Baroque. Without a doubt one of the greatest English composers, none other approached his fame or brilliance until Elgar came along two centuries later.

Composed in 1695, Henry Purcell's Abdelazer suite takes us back to the theatres and masques (presentations of poetry, dance and music) of the late 17th Century. Henry Purcell wrote lots of incidental music for the theatre. In some ways it was used as film music is used today – to set different moods and transport us between different parts of the story.

Purcell's music influenced one of our other Ten Pieces composers, Benjamin Britten. He used this Rondeau as the basis for The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra – another great piece for children to explore.

Listen out for: The structure of the piece. Purcell was using a pattern – or plot – called a French rondeau to create his piece. The structure is: AABACA. A is the main melody, B is the strain, C is the second strain, and then it goes back to the beginning!


by Thomas Talis




Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, also known as the Tallis Fantasia, is a work for string orchestra by the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. It was composed in 1910 and performed for the first time on 10 September that year at Gloucester Cathedral for the Three Choirs Festival. Vaughan Williams himself conducted and the composition proved to be a major success. He revised the work twice, in 1913 and 1919. Performances generally run between 14 and 16 minutes.






by Sir Edmund Elgar


Edward Elgar composed his Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, popularly known as the Enigma Variations,[a] between October 1898 and February 1899. It is an orchestral work comprising fourteen variations on an original theme.

Elgar dedicated the work "to my friends pictured within", each variation being a musical sketch of one of his circle of close acquaintances (see musical cryptogram). Those portrayed include Elgar's wife Alice, his friend and publisher Augustus J. Jaeger and Elgar himself. In a programme note for a performance in 1911 Elgar wrote:

This work, commenced in a spirit of humour & continued in deep seriousness, contains sketches of the composer's friends. It may be understood that these personages comment or reflect on the original theme & each one attempts a solution of the Enigma, for so the theme is called. The sketches are not ‘portraits’ but each variation contains a distinct idea founded on some particular personality or perhaps on some incident known only to two people. This is the basis of the composition, but the work may be listened to as a ‘piece of music’ apart from any extraneous consideration. [1]


by CJM


Inspired by the Epiphany story of the three magi who found the Christ-child by following the light of a star in the East. This epic song echoes the journey of ALL of who who seek and find Christ. Our response, in the end is the same: “Come, let us adore him”.

Those who walk in darkness, yearn for Heaven’s light Long to see the one who is to come

The prophet’s word was spoken, a saviour’s birth foretold Generations waiting for a sign

Waiting, searching, hoping, praying…

We have seen the light, and now we come before him ‘Cos the word is made flesh and we behold his glory

We have seen the Child and now we come before him ‘Cos the word is made flesh and we behold his glory

We have seen the light we have heard the ancient promise of a chosen one A Messiah and a King We have read the signs see the star of Jacob rising and we behold, we behold and we believe

And we bring him gifts, lay our lives before him That is all we have, come let us adore him.

See the infant King, come and kneel before him ‘Cos the word is made flesh, Come let us adore him




Band Aid



Band Aid is a charity supergroup featuring mainly British and Irish musicians and recording artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for the Christmas market that year. On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, and was released in the UK four days later. The single surpassed the hopes of the producers to become the Christmas number one on that release. Three subsequent re-recordings of the song to raise further money for charity also topped the charts, first the Band Aid II version in 1989 and the Band Aid 20 version in 2004 and finally the Band Aid 30 version in 2014. The original was produced by Midge Ure. The 12" version was mixed by Trevor Horn.


Arranged by Chris Tomlin


Away in a manger no crib for a bed The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head, the stars in the sky Looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes, I love Thee Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky and stay By my cradle til morning is nigh It’s Christmas! The angels are singing And I know the reason, the Savior is born It’s Christmas! The bells are ringing And I feel like shouting Joy to the world! Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever and love me I pray Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care And fit us for heaven To live with Thee there It’s Christmas! The angels are singing And I know the reason, the Savior is born It’s Christmas! The bells are ringing And I feel like shouting Joy to the world! Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere! Go, tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born! It’s Christmas! The angels are singing And I know the reason, the Savior is born It’s Christmas! The bells are ringing And I feel like shouting Joy to the world!


Michael Buble Ft Thalia


It's December and so Christmas songs time! I have chosen Feliz Navidad as we are hoping to sing it for KS2 Christmas concert. I have asked Spanish teachers to teach the children the lyrics and how to pronounce words etc... Enjoy!




Louis Armstrong



What a Wonderful World" is a pop ballad written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released in 1967 as a single, which topped the pop charts in the United Kingdom. Thiele and Weiss were both prominent in the music world. Armstrong's recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.


John Lennon


"Imagine" is a song co-written and performed by English musician John Lennon. The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality and to consider the possibility that the whole of humanity would live unattached to material possessions.


 Eva Cassidy

It was “Over the Rainbow” that made Eva Cassidy a star, but it didn’t happen until five years after her death….

From “The Wizard of Oz” to the “Wammies” to “Top of the Pops 2,” here is the story of Eva Cassidy’s “Over the Rainbow.”



"Love Is in the Air" is a 1977 disco song sung by John Paul Young. The song was written by George Young and Harry Vanda and it became a worldwide hit in 1978, peaking at No. 3 on the Australian charts and No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 7 on the pop chart and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, his only US top 40 hit.[1]

The song was released as the lead single from Young's fourth studio album, Love Is in the Air (1978).

A Spanish version has been recorded under the name, "El Amor Está En El Aire".

This song ends our 'Compassionate and loving' virtues theme for this half term.


REM - Everybody hurts (with lyrics)

REM - Everybody hurts.

A very moving song this week! Good to spend 10mins talking about the lyrics and how the children can relate to the words in their lives!!






















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Music Listening week 15
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‘In Dulci Jubilo’

In dulci jubilo ("In sweet rejoicing") is a traditional Christmas carol. In its original setting, the carol is a text of German and Latin dating from the Middle Ages.  
The original song text, a macaronic alternation of Medieval German and Latin, is thought to have been written by the German mystic Heinrich Seuse circa 1328.  According to folklore, Seuse heard angels sing these words and joined them in a dance of worship.
There are many instrumental and vocal versions written by various composers over the years. An instrumental arrangement of the Pearsall version by English musician Mike Oldfield, "In Dulci Jubilo", reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1976.
Take a listen to both and see what differences you can hear!








25/09/17 to 16/10/17