The steel pans band perform.

This afternoon the steel pans band performed at the annual Turney and Burbage road’s picnic.
A really big well done to all the children and a big thank you to parents for bringing them and for helping us to pack up!



Iiiiiiin West Philadelphia, Born and Raised…

The marvellous year 6 have outdone themselves…

This summer term, I set 6CC, 6AF, 6JP and 6RG the task of learning the theme tune to early 90’s TV classic, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

The next challenge was to collaborate as a year group to create an accompanying music video to showcase and celebrate their creativity.  The result can be enjoyed below:

Needless to say I am exceedingly proud of their efforts.  Please show your appreciation by sharing encouraging comments in the space below for the whole Rosendale community to see!

Mr. Bawa

Summer Symphony Orchestra Course


Calling all Wind, Brass, Percussion and Strings players!  summercourse2016

Come and be part of the Lambeth Symphony Orchestra for winds, strings, brass and percussion, playing classical, baroque, film and urban music.

  • When, where and how much?
    July 26th to 28th at: City Heights E-ACT Academy, 33 Abbots Park, London, SW2 3PW
    10am-4pm each day. (supervision available from 9-5)
    £35 for the whole course (Bursaries available)
    Bring a packed lunch, some light refreshments provided.
  • Who is it for?
    Musicians who will be in year 5 and above from September 2016.
    Instruments required:
    – Violin, Viola, cello, double bass (unlimited number)
    – Flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon (up to four of each)
    – Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Tuba (up to four of each)
    – Percussion (up to six)
  • What will I do?
    – Be a founder member of a vibrant Symphony Orchestra
    – Learn a variety of music and give a public performance
    – Work with professional musicians
    – Make new friends
  • What standard should I be?
    Approximately grade 3 or above. In other words you should:
    – Have had lessons on your instrument for at least 2 years
    – Be able to read music fairly fluently
    – Be able to play in around 4-6 different keys (e.g. concert D, G, C, F, Bb)
    – Have experience playing in a group/ensemble with other musicians. (If in doubt – ask your teacher)

To register, click here.  Book early to avoid disappointment and happy music making!

Mr. Bawa

Southwark Training Orchestra Course

If you are in years 5-6, are currently at Grade 2-4 standard and are looking for some orchestral action during the Summer Half Term then may I present to you the upcoming Southwark Training Orchestra course.

The course will be three days long (Wed 1st – Fri 3rd June 2016), conducted by Scott Stroman (Professor of Jazz Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama), supported by sectional tutors, and will include a combination of classical and contemporary / creative repertoire.  At 5pm on the final day there will be a concert to end the course.

The venue will be St Giles Church, Camberwell Church St, SE5 8RB.  It is a stunningly beautiful venue with acoustics to match.

The course charge is just £25 per player for the full 3 days.  Further concessions are available for pupils in receipt of Free School Meals (via the Pupil Premium Grant).  Families need just to contact the office if they think this might apply to them.

please email if you are interested in taking part, or alternatively you can apply online at the Southwark Music Service website.

Happy music making!
Mr. Bawa

Animate Orchestra April 2016

  • animateAre you in year 5 or year 6?
  • Do you play a pitched instrument to the equivalent of Grade 2 standard or above?
  • Do you have an interest in music technology?
  • Would you like to create your own music?

If your answers to all the above are “yes” then the three-day Animate performing ensemble course is for you!  It will run from 6 – 8 April, culminating with a performance on the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre on 17 April 2016.

Throughout this course, participants will work alongside highly skilled professional musicians from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and music hub tutors from the boroughs of Lewisham, Royal Greenwich, Lambeth and Southwark, to create a brand new piece of music inspired by Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra

Please note: Young people must be available for all project dates listed.


  • £30 (standard fee)
  • £15 (50% sibling discount)
  • £9 (pupil premium cost)

For more information or to book places, please contact Mr. Bawa (

Mr. Bawa

The Best(ival) at the Festival

Once again our fine Rosendale musicians shared their musical flair, technical facility and innate showmanship with a public audience, this time as part of the Herne Hill Music Festival 2015.

Performing at St. Saviour’s Hall alongside other local talent, they stole the show yet again!  See for yourselves how our mighty Orchestra flexed their musical pecs with a fun repertoire that encorporated singing (“What You Talkin’ Bout?“, an adaptation of “Jungle Music” by The Specials AKA feat. Rico), choreography and solo improvisations (“Ball of Fire” by the Skatelites):

Not to be outdone, our fabulous Steel Pan Group weighed in with a brief but hugely satisfying selection of material.  See them perform “Heart On My Sleeve” by Gallagher and Lyle:

As always, I am exceedingly proud of you all and am looking forward to even more performances in 2016!  Bravo!

Mr. Bawa