Somers Town Sinfonia

This page is for all the children who are taking part in the Somers Town Sinfonia project this year.
Here’s a video to introduce all the tutors you will be working with.

There are four pieces of music for us to learn together:-
The William Tell Overture
The Dance of the Mirlitons
An Odd Bit Of Beethoven
La Bamba

On this page you will find pdfs of the sheet music for you to download. There are also audio recordings for you to listen to whilst watching the STS Conductor, Luke. There are also week by week videos made by the STS tutors to help you learn the pieces with your teacher at school and for you to use yourself when you are practising at home.

Week 1

We’re starting off by looking at the William Tell Overture. You’ll need a copy of the sheet music for your instrument – you can find it below.
Watch Luke’s introduction and then watch the video for your instrument. Remember you can stop / start / replay the video as often as you like at school and at home.

The William Tell Overture

The William Tell Overture was written in 1829 by Gioachino Rossini. It is played at the beginning of opera “William Tell”. We think you will recognise it! See if you can find out about the story of William Tell.

Here are links to the printed music for all the different instruments for the William Tell Overture

STS full scoreTrumpetPercussion
Descant recorder 1TromboneTimps
Descant recorder 2EuphoniumViolin

Here are links where you can hear your part being played and watch Luke conducting.

Recorder with conductor – William Tell
Violin with conductor – William Tell
Brass with conductor – William Tell
Percussion with conductor – William Tell
All parts together at performance speed – William Tell

The Dance of the Mirlitons

The Dance of the Mirlitons is part of the Nutcracker Suite written by Pyotr Iiyich Tchaikovsky in 1892. The suite is music for a ballet in which lots of magical things happen one Christmas Eve. See if you can find out what a mirliton is.

Here are links to the printed music for all the different instruments for the Dance of the Mirlitons

Descant recorder 1TrumpetCymbalTimps
Descant recorder 2TrombonePercussionViolin

Here are links where you can hear your part being played and watch Luke conducting.

Recorder with conductor – Dance of the Mirlitons
Violin with conductor – Dance of the Mirlitons
Trumpet with conductor – Dance of the Mirlitons
Trombone with conductor – Dance of the Mirlitons
Percussion with conductor – Dance of the Mirlitons
All parts together at performance speed – Dance of the Mirlitons

An Odd Bit of Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven wrote nine symphonies. We are going to be playing a mash up of the famous bits from numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.

Here are links to the printed music for all the different instruments for the An Odd Bit of Beethoven

STS Full ScorePercussionViolin 2
Descant recorder 1TimpsTrumpet
Descant recorder 2Violin 1Trombone

Here are links where you can hear your part being played and watch Luke conducting.

Recorder with conductor – An Odd Bit of Beethoven
Violin with conductor – An Odd Bit of Beethoven
Trumpet with conductor – An Odd Bit of Beethoven
Trombone with conductor – An Odd Bit of Beethoven
Percussion with conductor – An Odd Bit of Beethoven
All parts together at performance speed – an Odd Bit of Beethoven

La Bamba

La Bamba is a Mexican folk song. It became a hit in 1958 for Ritchie Valens when he arranged and recorded it. Since then it has been arranged and recorded many times. See how many you can find. STS is about to do another!

Here are links to the printed music for all the different instruments for the La Bamba

MaracasTrumpet / Tenor horn
MarimbaEuphonium / Trombone
BongosRecorder
TimbalesViolin

Here are links where you can hear your part being played and watch Luke conducting.

Recorder with conductor – La Bamba
Violin with conductor – La Bamba
Trumpet with conductor – La Bamba
Trombone with conductor – La Bamba
Percussion with conductor – La Bamba
All parts together at performance speed – La Bamba
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