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Christmas in the City 2023

This term Miss Booth and Miss Watkins have been leading choir club on Wednesday lunch times. Choir club are currently rehearsing for a Christmas performance 'Christmas in the City' that will take place at St Mary's Church, Lace Market, Nottingham. This event will be open to parents/guardians to attend on Tuesday 5th December 2023 at 17:45- 18:45. 

Parent/Family Tickets can be purchased by clicking the following link: https://www.nottinghammusichub.org.uk/schools/citc-schools



Old Basford Christmas Light Switch On!

Again this year, Old Basford School Choir will be taking part in the Old Basford Christmas light switch on. This event will take place on Wednesday the 6th of December 2023 between 3:30pm and 4:30pm, at the Percy Street bus terminus opposite Old Basford School. Come and join us as we get in to the Christmas spirit!

  What's going on in Autumn 2023? 

Click on the document below to see what clubs and events are taking place this year.

Spring Events



Friday 31st March 2023 - Year 4 took part in the Great Orchestra Experiment, an online event that connects music from different countries around the world!


MAB Week 

Year 5 Area Band members will be performing in Nottingham at the Albert Hall on Monday 6th March.

Doors open at 4.50pm, performance is from 5.00pm – 5.35pm. 

 Events Before Christmas 2022




Christmas light switch!


Tuesday 6th December

3:45 - 4:30


 Year 6 children that are part of our Christmas Choir will be singing a selection of songs at the bus stop opposite Old Basford School for the Christmas light switch on. We are really excited to showcase the wonderful voices of the year 6 choir!

Christmas in the City!


Monday 12th December 18:00 - 21:15


Area Band Year 5 members will be taking part in Christmas in the City in association with St Mary’s in the Lace Market and Nottingham Contemporary. 43 different schools from across Nottingham will be coming together to take part in this year's performance, which takes place over the two venues in the lace market. Old Basford School members will only be performing at St Mary's Church at 19:15. This is another amazing opportunity for children to show off their guitar skills and brilliant voices!


Tickets can be purchased from the link below and will allow access to both of the venues. 





Past Opportunities that Old Basford Children can experience! 

Take a look below.

Newsflash Area Band has an Orchestral Connections concert on Thursday 21st July.
This exciting concert will take place at St Mary's Church, High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN, and will feature the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (RHYO), Jugendorchester Stadt Karlsruhe (JOK) and Area Bands!
Performance 1: 6.00pm - 7.10pm - Tuesday Area Band schools 
You are an Area Band child, so why not get involved! 
Parents / guardians you need to complete an online sign-up form, it's important you do this so Nottingham Music School have all the necessary numbers, instrument information and safeguarding details for your child attending. 
We are really, really excited to be able to offer the opportunity to Area Bands to play in this spectacular and beautiful venue, and enjoy the experience of playing alongside the two Youth Orchestras, and we are delighted to be able to invite friends and families to come along and enjoy the occasion.  We can't wait to see you there!
With best wishes
Nottingham Music School

It will be you as parents/ guardians responsibility to take your child to the venue and pick them up.

See the attached letter for more details.

If you would like to borrow a guitar for the performance, please get in touch with Mrs Kelly the Music Lead. 

Area Band Live Rehearsal 


It was wonderful to see Old Basford School area band children playing alongside two other schools yesterday; Crabtree and Southwalk. The children were a credit to the school, they worked well as a team, inspired and elevated each other’s playing. Simply wonderful! They were learning a good mix of musical styles, the songs included Spiderman No Way Home, Wallom Green and Tumba Palo. We have got to admit our favourite is Tumba Palo which is an Afro-Cuban song, it really gets you moving and a grooving.    

Area Band Perform during MAB week 

MAB March Area Band Event

Wow! What can I say, it was truly magical for the area bands to get together and play in person. The children had smiles beaming from ear to ear, soaked up the atmosphere and were seen moving to the rhythm. They have been learning the following pieces Jambo Bwana, Lilo and Stich Roller-coaster and Bob Marley’s One Love. The performance gave the children the chance to showcase all the hard work and practice they have been putting in. It even brought happy tears to the parents’ eyes. We are extremely proud of you Area Band, you made Old Basford School very PROUD!    

Mrs Kelly

Families and friends of Area Band members are invited to come along for the Performances!  Doors open at 4.40pm and the Performance will be from 4.50 - 5.15pm.  It's a FREE event but donations can go in the buckets if you wish. Collect your Area Band children from Mrs Kelly at the end of the performance. 

Free concerts at Lakeside Arts Centre for 8-25 year olds!  

Thanks to the generous support of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, Lakeside Arts are able to offer young people aged 8-25 the fantastic opportunity to experience selected concerts absolutely free.

Parents, Guardians and Carers can register their 8-15 year-olds on the CAVATINA membership scheme by creating an account online and then sending their child’s name and date of birth to: lakeside-box-office@nottingham.ac.uk.  An email will be sent to confirm when the child’s membership has been set up and they will then be able to book their free CAVATINA tickets.

Newsflash the whole of Year 6 took part in Christmas singing lessons and a short performance in partnership with Ellis Guildford school! The video will play on December the 15th at 7pm then remain on Youtube channel for you to watch. 


Super Star Singers Visit the Albert Hall

Well done to the Year 6 singers who took a trip to the Albert Hall today, you were impeccably behaved, gave it your all and sounded fantastic. What a special experience! They were recorded singing a Spanish Christmas song called 'Capriccho Navideno'. We will now be left in suspense to wait to watch and hear the final version during Christmas in the city concert next Thursday 16 December from 7pm!

NottinghamMusicHub - YouTube

Christmas in the City 2021

After much deliberation, Nottingham Music Hub has decided to host Christmas in the City 2021 as an online event again this year. The concert will premier on 16th December 2021, 7 PM, on our YouTube Channel so save the date and get your hot chocolate and cosy cardigans ready!


First Ever Old Basford Christmas Tree

Old Basford had their first ever light switch on today! We now have a beautiful looking Christmas tree across from Old Basford School, take a look and admire its twinkling lights, which look especially beautiful in the dark. A huge well done to the brave, enthusiastic and dedicated Year 6 singers. You were a true delight to watch! Well done to Ramey who got to push the huge switch, what a treat. Special memories to treasure all round. 

Opportunities Bring Success

The children were video and audio recorded for the Christmas City Concert 2021 that will take place on the 16th of December.

We can't wait to see and hear them featuring in it!

You made Old Basford School proud, what a bunch of legends!  

Old Basford has Got Talent!

Simran in Year 6 showcased her talent during the star of Basford awards. Miss Crosby was blown away with her piano playing skills, she excitedly told me that I had to witness it for myself. So on Friday myself and Class 7 entered the school hall full of anticipation ready to witness first hand the delights of Simran's piano playing skills. We were not disappointed and were blown away! She played a range of songs from her repertoire and had the audience eating out of her hand, singing, dancing with faces beaming from ear to ear. She drew in other adults from around the school who came to see where the beautiful music was coming from. Simran has taught herself to play the keyboard at home, learning by ear. Thank you Simran it was a purely magical and we can't wait to hear you play again. 

From Mrs Kelly and Class 7    

Calling all Musicians…


Are you interested in making music?

Can you play an instrument?

Are you over 9 years of age?

Are you between grade1-4 in your instrument?


If you are answering YES! Then why not sign up to join in with RHYO InterConnect's end of year celebration rehearsal on 20th July. They will be learning a piece by ear on the day, so they will not need to bring any sheet music with them.


If you enjoy it you might like to sign up to join RHYO InterConnect in September.


Event Information 

The rehearsal will take place on Tuesday 20th July at 4.30pm-5.30pm. Arrival times will be confirmed closer to the event. 

Venue: Albert Hall, N Circus St, Nottingham NG1 5AA.


Parents will need to complete the following form by Tuesday 6th July 12.00pm. They will then receive a confirmation email to confirm their child’s place by Friday 9th July. 



Fill | New RHYO InterConnect attendees Rehearsal 20th July Sign Up

The survey will take approximately 7 minutes to complete.


Safety measures

We will not be inviting parents to watch this rehearsal due to limited venue capacity and social distancing measures. Children will be socially distanced during the rehearsal and will be expected to bring a face mask and hand sanitiser.


For more information please visit our website: http://www.nottinghammusichub.org.uk/make-music/rhyo-interconnect

Here is a taster of what you could produce if you joined RHYO Interconnect...


If you want to share your talent please record yourself and send it to…Tapestry@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk

We are hoping to collate all the talent to showcase Old Basford's Got Talent. If you send a video in you are giving permission for it to be shared in the school assembly and on the school website or during a showcase. If you only want it to be shared during assembly, please state this when you email it in.  

Check out the Music Project in Nottingham

Click on the link below to watch the short clip to find out more!


Did you know Nottingham is one of the most diverse cities in the country? We have such an exciting mix of different cultures and each culture has its own kind of music. To celebrate these rich musical traditions, we are launching an exciting project called Music in Nottingham!

Exciting news!!

We would like you to interview a friend or a relative, and ask them about any particular musical pieces/songs or instruments that hold special value in their culture. And if you, your friends or family can play/sing this music, we would LOVE to hear it!

We'd also love to see any photographs or pictures that show any celebrations or events where you may hear this music (for example weddings or birthdays). If you can record your interview with your friend or family member, it would be perfect!


Check out the examples



For more information of how to send in your interviews, pictures and videos click on the link below.


 So what are you waiting for? Let's make music!


Take on the 2021 music quest

MusiQuest is free and available for all of you to enjoy!

A new level will be released each week up to half term, and once live, each level will remain available (so there's no need to worry that you've missed a level if you haven't yet completed Challenge 1).  This week's level has just gone live and can be found at MusiQuest2021 | Nottingham Music Hub

Will you rise to the challenge?

Let's get Old Basford School on the leader board! 

Christmas in the City

Thursday 17th December 7pm

free online Christmas carol concert


Oh, the weather outside is frightful

But I’ve found something quite delightful

If you’ve got no place to go

Sit at home

Sit at home

And watch the show!


Please click on the link below (see photos for help)   



GladTidings We Bring



Nottingham City Council are using children's artwork during their yearly Christmas event and have asked schools to get involved!


'St Mary's have requested that schools submit children's artwork, with 'Away in a Manger' as the theme, so that a montage of children's work can be displayed whilst the song plays in the background.’


Here are a few of the fabulous ‘Away in a Manger’ scenes the children designed. Before they got creative they thought back to famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh and his famous ‘A Starry Night’ and Andy Warhol’s work, who they had previously studied.