Here in the UK, all schools are now open again, though many safety restrictions still remain in place. Singing is allowed again, provided mitigations are in place such as good distance between singers, singing in larger well-ventilated spaces, with singers standing side-by-side or back-to-back.
Here at Learn2soar Music we’re trying to get back to normal as well:
We still have ALL of our ‘Mothers Day Assembly Collection’ songs available for free on our YouTube channel. That’s six complete mother’s day songs with on-screen lyrics, with something suitable for all ages from 5-11.
We’re getting swamped with requests for advice on how best to share recordings of Christmas video performances with parents, since Covid restrictions have put a stop to live audiences in most countries around the world. But before we get to our recommendations on distribution, let’s first look at some of the practical and legal issues around recording or streaming your performance.
Get Your Licence Fees Refunded If Your Show Is Cancelled
Sadly, it seems inevitable that for some of our customers, this years planned Christmas performances will eventually have to be cancelled due to Coronavirus reasons of one sort or another. As such, we’ve already had a good number of calls and emails from customers asking where they stand on the issue of performance licences… ‘What happens if the worst comes to the worst and all shows are cancelled?’
Therefore, we’ve decided that if you have no choice but to completely cancel all your shows this year, just send us a copy of the notification you’ve sent to your audience to inform them of your decision, and we’ll refund any relevant licence fees that you’ve paid to us.
Covid restrictions don’t need to put a stop to your Christmas performance
Around the world, Coronavirus has put a temporary stop to many things that we love: Group singing, live shows, live music, live audiences and more. But with many schools still open and plenty of video/streaming options available, there’s no need to let Covid put a stop to your school’s Christmas performance.
While many of our competitors are stuck with publications that may be suitable for only one type of setting, we’re confident that most of our Christmas performances will suit almost ANY situation.
What’s the difference? Some of our competitors have just one single script included with each of their publications, with no editing allowed. This means that it might only be suitable for small casts, or might only be suitable for one specific age-range, which can be very limiting. However, most of our publications are super-flexible with as many as five script variations included! And we always include fully editable scripts, so you can quickly make any changes you want to help adapt the script to suit your specific requirements.
Small group shows? Or whole school performances? No problem.
Big bubbles? Little bubbles? Easy-peasy.
Singing? No singing? We’ve got you covered.
Zoom? YouTube? Vimeo? Go for it! Order one of our Recording Licences and then record or stream to your heart’s content (conditions apply).
And with regularly updated ‘Covid advice sheets’ included with every publication, you have even more detailed suggestions for ways to make your performance as safe as possible.
So, rather than us sharing what we think you should do (because every school setting is completely different) here are several case-studies from customers who’ve recently spoken to us to discuss their plans for their 2020 Christmas performances:
Thank you to all our customers around the world, for your continued support during this global coronavirus pandemic. We are still seeing a strong desire from our regular customers around the world to continue with their Christmas performances, in as normal a way as possible, but with appropriate Coronavirus mitigations in place. With this in mind, we have included a detailed Coronavirus Advice Sheet with every one of our publications, to help you make your performances as safe as possible. This advice sheet has been updated again within the last few weeks.
In addition, several areas of our business operations continue to be slightly affected moving forwards:
‘Zooming On Leavers Assembly’ has now been completely updated. It contains New Lyric Videos for every vocal track and every backing track. Click the image above to go to a YouTube playlist, containing two complete videos.
Any Leavers Assembly 2020 could be problematic for schools, but we think ‘Zooming On’ offers a perfect, socially distanced solution.
This assembly pack has now been almost completely transformed since it was first released several years ago. As well as the new lyric videos, it also contains remixed MP3 vocal and backing tracks. Plus, a new longer script, updated sheet music, songsheet, PowerPoints and artwork.
Socially Distance Your Leavers Assembly
But with the current Coronavirus pandemic, many schools are wondering if, when and how they can still hold any type of Leavers Assembly during 2020. We believe that Zooming On provides a great solution. You can read the script out, with no acting, and no need for any of the pupils to get close to each other. You can perform the songs as solos, rather than group singing (which appears to be frowned on at the moment).
And what about the audience? Well if you are unable to perform outdoors to a socially distanced audience, then why not record your performance and put the video on your school website or YouTube channel. Remember to password protect it so that only pupils, staff and families from your school can see it. If not, then you may be in breach of copyright laws. If you need any help with this, then we’re very happy to offer assistance.
We’ve now completed NEW Lyric Videos for every track on ‘Songs 4 Assemblies KS2’. AND we’ve made all of them available for free on our YouTube channel! Just click the image above to go directly to our YouTube playlist.
Even More Resources with our Assemblies Lyric Videos
‘Thank You For The Teachers’ is a school assembly song written and recorded back in 2004. But it now has a brand NEW Lyric Video, released for ThankATeacher Day 2020.
I wrote this song as a fun tribute to all the wonderful, hardworking teachers around the world 16 years ago. But now, on ThankATeacher Day 2020, it seems more relevant and appropriate than ever before. So… we have created a new lyric video and have made it available for you to use in your school for FREE. Just click on the above image to visit our YouTube channel. Furthermore, we now dedicate this song to all the school staff and pupils around the world, who have sadly lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Over the next few weeks Spring is due to arrive here in the UK (honestly). In two weekend’s time, it’s Mothering Sunday, then the following weekend the clocks go forward, marking the start of British Summer Time. The following Sunday it’s Palm Sunday and the week after that is Easter. Spring is definitely about to be sprung.
To help get your children in a Spring music mood, we have one Early Years Spring music title that covers all these events, ‘Our First Spring’. Enjoy singing the six Spring songs, or use the included script to stage a simple Spring musical. It can also be used for Mother’s Day or Easter.
Running Time = 10-20 minutes
Minimum Rehearsal Time = 2 days
Cast Size = 10 to 100+
‘Our First Spring’ tells the story of a newly hatched chick searching for her mother. On her journey she comes across many signs of Spring including other friendly new-born animals and a not so friendly big bad wolf!
It contains 6 super-easy songs, all based on nursery rhymes or familiar tunes. Plus, you get all the backing music tracks so there’s no need for a pianist. You also receive PowerPoints, character masks, sheet music and lots of extra resources! And it’s easy enough to rehearse and stage in just a day or two.
WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY:
“We only bought the Our First Spring download to have some seasonal songs to sing along to in our day nursery. But we loved it all so much that we ended up doing a little performance for the parents. Something we’ve never done before! So I just wanted to thank you for providing such well thought out and well presented resources, which gave us the confidence to try something new..”
At this time of year, when it’s only a matter of weeks to Christmas day, internet searches for ‘Short Nativity Plays’ go up and up, as stressed teachers who have left nativity preparations to the last minute frantically search for a quick, short, simple fix. Well, with flexible, editable scripts and running times as short as 8 minutes, we can definitely help you keep your nativity plays as short as you want. Below is a list of our top 10 shortest nativity plays, that are also very quick to rehearse.
Flexibility is key
We currently have a few dozen Christmas nativity plays on sale (with more in the pipeline), and just about all of them contain multiple script variations, with narrated versions and playscript versions. In addition, all are fully editable and allow you to easily tailor the performance to your own circumstances. With this in mind, the timings below are based on you using the simplest script variation, as well as slimming it down as much as possible, by cutting out any unnecessary scenes and leaving out some of the songs.
Short Nativity Plays or Quick Rehearsal Nativities?
Something else to consider is that when people search for ‘Short Nativity Plays’, what they often want more than anything is something that is very quick and easy to rehearse. Therefore, although almost all of our nativity publications can easily be slimmed down to a 10 minute show, in this list we have stuck to the ones that are quickest to rehearse.
Top 10 Short Nativity Plays
So here is the list of our top 10 ‘Short Nativity Plays’ starting with the shortest:
DESCRIPTION: The ultimate time-saver for busy teachers! A simple, fun, alphabetic Christmas play with lots of added resources, giving you all you need for an instant, ready-to-use Christmas performance for ages 6-11.
The included playscript is titled ‘The Santa Trap’. This humorous play is set on Christmas Eve and tells the story of Santa’s secret visit to a children’s hospital ward to fill the children’s stockings. But things don’t go to plan as the children catch him and won’t let him go until he grants their wishes! Santa then asks his elves and reindeer to put on a brilliant ‘A-Z of Christmas’ performance for the patients, which your audience will love. An OPTIONAL nativity scene is also included. For more details, or to buy ‘Christmas Play In One Day’ now, click here.
Over the next month, schools and churches will be preparing to celebrate harvest time. So here’s a closer look at our most popular harvest title, ‘H-A-R-V-E-S-T Spells Harvest’ for ages 6-11.
H is for harvest, A is for autumn, R is for reaping… etc… This ingenious harvest time assembly resource ‘does what it says on the tin’. It includes two clever scripts and seven simple songs, as well as song sheet, sheet music, PowerPoints and more. And it’s all available on CD, or instant download. Continue reading “Harvest Time Is Here”
Two of our primary leavers’ assembly titles have been significantly updated during the past few months. Here are the details:
Journey On Leavers Assembly 2019
Our bestselling assembly title, ‘Journey On’ contains 4 catchy leavers’ songs with vocal and backing tracks. It also comes with an editable assembly script containing parts for dozens of children. Plus ideas, readings and a funny play titled ‘Honey I Grew Down The Kid!’ You also get added extras like sound effects, PowerPoints, sheet music and more. This is a great value assembly package, with everything you need to make your leavers’ assembly extra special!
The new improved version has a slightly longer script, with additional staging advice. All vocal and backing tracks have been remixed and remastered. We’ve also completely changed the PowerPoint files, with new options available.
Our most recent Leavers’ Assembly, Zooming On, contains 4 of our most popular assembly songs. It includes vocal and backing tracks. Plus an editable, ready-to-use assembly script with lots of parts. The script contains a fun story, lessons, reading, prayer and more. In addition, you’ll receive accompanying PowerPoint presentations, printable sheet music and songsheet. This leavers’ assembly is so easy-to-use that you’ll zoom through your preparations and rehearsals.
The new updated version has a slightly longer script, with a new story section. We’ve also upgraded the PowerPoint files.
As we move towards launching our brand new website, over the coming months we’ll be shifting some existing website content over to our Blog pages. First of all, here is information from our ‘supported charities’ page:
Over the last few months we’ve started to let you know about some exciting changes to Learn2soar Music. Unfortunately, this month we’re having to break some slightly sad news. As a company we have decided to place our music workshops on hold for the foreseeable future.
Why are your music workshops on hold?
The main reason we are suspending this service is that currently there appears to be very little demand for our school workshops, due to school budgets being slashed over the last decade.
When we started providing workshops in 2003 we were delivering up to 100 events a year. But from around 2009 onwards we saw a steady decline. It has reached the point where we’re now receiving just two or three booking requests a year. Therefore, it’s no longer financially viable to keep them going. Continue reading “Workshops On Hold”
As we’re heading towards the Christmas holidays, we wanted to take the time to thank all our loyal customers for yet another fantastic year. We hope that all your Christmas musicals and Nativity plays have gone without a hitch. If you have a spare few minutes, we’d be grateful to hear any feedback, reviews, comments or ideas that you have to offer. Continue reading “Seasons Greetings from Learn2soar Music”
Last month we looked at our all time number one best selling item: ‘Our First Nativity‘. But what’s number 2 and number 3 on the list? The answer to both questions is ‘C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Spells Christmas’.
The Infant version was one of Learn2soar Music’s first publications, written in 2003. From then, until 2011’s ‘Our First Nativity’ was published, it was consistently our best selling item. In a similar way to ‘Our First Nativity’, the genius of ‘C-H-R… Spells Christmas’ is in its utter simplicity. The performance consists of little more than nine different, simple, catchy songs, for the nine letters that spell the word ‘Christmas’, that all come together to tell the biblical Nativity story. Continue reading “C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Spells Christmas – Spells Success”
In the run up to Christmas we’re going to use our monthly blog posts to take a look at our best selling Nativities. We’re starting with our all time best selling nativity play: ‘Our First Nativity‘.
Published in 2011, Our First Nativity quickly rocketed to the top of our list of best sellers. It’s total sales are over 50% higher than any other item we’ve ever sold. (Although ‘Our First Nativity TWO’ is quickly gaining ground on it). So why is ‘Our First Nativity’ our best selling nativity play? Continue reading “Best Selling Nativity Play – Our First Nativity”
“This is the story of the Little Black Cloud, Who wanted to share his rain around!”
As it’s nearly time to start planning for all those harvest assemblies and harvest / thanksgiving services, we wanted to take a look back at ‘The Little Black Cloud‘.
This always popular mini-musical is one of the shortest, simplest performances that we’ve ever published. The Little Black Cloud was written in 2002 and eventually published in September 2004. It was actually designed purely as a harvest musical, to be used in UK schools. However, since then it has been performed all around the world, at all times of the year. Continue reading “Little Black Cloud”
Over the next few weeks schools across the UK will be closing for the summer and saying goodbye to their oldest pupils, as they move on to the next stage of their education. We’re sure that as usual there will be many teachers trying to scramble together a last-minute Leavers’ Assembly performance. So to help all these teachers out and save a lot of time, we thought we’d focus some attention on our best-selling assembly product: ‘Journey On Leavers’ Assembly’.
Originally published in 2009, Journey On has gone on to become our best-selling assembly title We believe that the main reasons for its enduring popularity are down to the very catchy, rock-based songs, along with a genuinely hilarious play script (Honey I Grew Down The Kid) which has now been performed in hundreds of schools across the country. We’ve also heard anecdotes about it being widely recommended through word of mouth and on various teachers forums. Continue reading “Journey On Leavers’ Assembly”
Today is Pentecost Sunday. Usually, this is one of my favourite days of the year for going to church (along with Easter Sunday and Christmas Day). You can literally feel the excitement and anticipation in the congregation, on what is one of the most joy filled services of the calendar.
But this year is very different for two reasons. Firstly, I’m stuck at home on my own, still recovering from a major operation on my left ankle, which has left me in a lot of pain. And secondly, because I’ve spent most of the night watching the news in disbelief, as a second major terrorist attack in less than two weeks has hit our country. Continue reading “Through the storm of the terror attacks in Manchester and London”
It’s just two weeks till Easter, so if you still haven’t planned your school’s Easter assembly or your church’s Easter service, then look no further than our ready-to-use, all age ‘Easter Assembly CD‘. It contains 10 brilliant Easter songs, with vocal and backing tracks. Plus six ready-to-go assembly scripts with stories, plays, activities, ideas, readings, prayers and more.
This easy-to-use CD / Download also comes with printable masks, songsheets, sheet music, PowerPoints and more.
Here’s what some of our customers have said about it:
Used It So Much
“A few years ago we went to buy three of your general assembly packs, but then realised that for not much more we could buy your “101 assembly songs” 15 CD pack, which is staggeringly good value for money. Anyway, this Cd was included and it was something we hadn’t looked at before buying from you. But over the last few years it’s probably the one CD that we’ve used the most. Great songs, great assembly content. The children love singing the songs and always ask for them again and again, even when Easter is long gone! Well done.”
Mr Bevan Continue reading “Easter Assembly Quotes”
Mothers day in the UK is nearly upon us (26th March). So it’s a good time to remind you that our very popular ‘Mothers day Assembly CD‘ can be downloaded for just £7.99!
This collection of Mothers Day songs and Mothers Day talks / performance scripts, is perfect for your Mothers Day celebrations in school or church. It contains 6 superb Mothers Day songs for all ages, with the usual vocal tracks and backing tracks. It also includes 3 time saving, editable scripts, containing ideas, stories, plays, activities, readings, prayers and more.
All in all, this is a truly fantastic CD which over the years has become one of our best sellers. It contains everything you need to make your Mothers Day celebration or Mothers Day service extra special!
Happy New Year from everyone at Learn2soar Music. We hope you all had a great Christmas break. Please remember to fill us in on how all your festive performances went. We’d love to hear your opinion.
In other news, we’ve decided to keep our prices on hold for another 6 months at least. We still believe that we have the lowest prices for the particular type of products that we offer. If you find another company offering all that we do for less than us, please let us know. We refuse to be beaten on price.
We have lots of plans for the coming year which we’re looking forward to sharing with you as the months go on. 2017 is going to be a great year!
As we approach the busiest few weeks of the year for Christmas Nativity Plays, we wanted to remind you that we’re always available to offer customer support in any way we can. You can easily contact us day or night, 7 days a week.
We are very proud of the fact that our customer satisfaction ratings are very high, and the number of people requiring any type of customer support is always extremely low. But if you are one of the few who needs help editing your script, or copying some music, or re-accessing a download, or if your dog’s eaten your CD and your show’s the next day… please don’t suffer in silence. Contact us at ANY time of the day or night and we’ll always try to help in any way we can, as a matter of urgency.
Our phone lines are open from 8am to 6pm, Mon-Fri (London UK time). But outside of those hours you can still contact us in the evenings or at weekends in one of two ways:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your question. You should hear back from us within a few hours at the most. You can also ask for a call back. Just email us your phone number and tell us the best time to call.
Call one of the numbers below and leave a message after the tone. We do often check for messages left outside of normal work hours, and we always respond as soon as we possibly can.
LEAVE YOUR DETAILS
Whichever way you contact us, please remember to leave your name, address, phone number , email address, and if applicable, your order number. We look forward to hearing from you.
Yes, we DO sell ‘church nativity plays’, as well as ‘school nativity plays’, and guess what? They’re the same thing! This may sound like an odd thing to say, but recently it’s become clear to us that not everyone understands this!
It’s been a good year for us at Learn2soar Music, particularly in terms of sales. But to our disappointment we recently discovered that we’ve not sold as many nativities to churches this year as we have previously. Our research showed that more people than ever had googled for ‘church nativity plays’, or ‘Sunday school’ or ‘Christian’ nativity plays. However, for the first time in 15 years a low number of those searches converted into actual sales.
Now that it’s coming to the end of the academic year, we want to know what Learn2soar Music products you’ve enjoyed the most.
We want to know what leavers assemblies, nativity plays, harvest assemblies, Easter musicals, Mothers Day assemblies, or school workshops you’ve used and would recommend to others. Just email us at email@example.com.
If you’ve never had any experience in organising a children’s musical before, it can be very daunting. Especially if you find yourself thrust into the role without any previous stage or musical experience. To help you out, here is a check list that we’ve compiled from many years experience of organising children’s musicals, nativity plays and class assemblies:
Three months from today Rio 2016 will hold it’s opening ceremony as Brazil welcomes the Olympics. Between now and then, many primary schools will be holding their annual Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly. So this year, why not link the two events with an Olympics Leavers’ Assembly.
Our Racing On Leavers’ Assembly can be downloaded now for just £7.99. It contains 5 great songs with vocal and backing tracks, plus FIVE ready-to-use leavers’ assemblies (2 PowerPoint assemblies & 3 text assemblies).
All the included assemblies come with an optional sporting twist and contain ideas, activities, stories / play scripts, readings, lessons and prayers. With added extras like PowerPoints, sheet music and more, this is a truly superb, easy-to-use leavers’ assembly pack with everything you could possibly need. Continue reading “Olympics Leavers’ Assembly 2016”
What teachers say about our School Music Workshops…
At this time of year we usually write a blog about our school music workshops, in preparation for what is traditionally our busiest period of the year for workshop bookings across the UK. But this year for a change, we thought we’d let teachers who’ve used our services over the last 15 years, tell you themselves how much they liked Learn2soar’s Music Workshops:
“The pop star workshop was amazing. The children learnt so much (as did I) and they were thrilled with the songs that they wrote and recorded. A fabulous day, an exceptional experience, we definitely want him back!” K Harris, Year 6 teacherContinue reading ““Outstanding Music Workshops””
It’s Harvest time! As many schools and churches are now in full preparation for their harvest festivals, teachers and children’s church workers everywhere are looking for harvest assembly songs and ideas…
Well there’s no need to look any further than Learn2soar Music’s range of harvest assembly songs and ideas. We have four great harvest CDs/downloads suitable for ages 3-11. Each contains catchy songs, simple scripts and lots of extra fantastic resources:
This truly is a bumper harvest assembly songs and ideas CD/download. With seven songs and dozens of pages of stories and ideas. You have everything you need for a harvest spectacular, or split up the material so that you have plenty of songs and ideas for the next several years in a row. Either way it’s fantastic value for money.
It’s time to assemble your school assemblies for the new year… so we have some free assemblies for you:
As the new academic year dawns upon us many primary teachers begin to think about a new year of school assemblies. Everyone is looking for something fresh, different, accessible, ready-to-go and easy to use. Well don’t worry, we have you covered. Learn2soar Music has a range of assembly CDs/downloads available. Each title contains much more than just songs and backing music… all our assembly CDs contain multiple assemblies with ideas, notes, stories, talks, prayers, games, quizzes, PowerPoints, etc.
To give you an idea of what to expect we have made two FREE assemblies available. One from ‘Songs 4 Assemblies KS1‘ (ages 3-7) and one from ‘Songs 4 Assemblies KS2‘ (7-11). You’re welcome to print and use these free assemblies any time, any place. Both free assemblies can be downloaded here:
The best way to get hold of all our assemblies quickly and easily is to download our ‘101 Assembly Songs‘ pack which contains over 300 pages of ready to use assemblies. Topics covered by the assemblies include seasonal assemblies for Harvest, Easter, Mothers Day, Christmas, Leaver’s assemblies, Remembrance Day and Valentine’s day. In addition there are many general assemblies covering subjects like citizenship, green issues, perseverance, faith, obedience, nature, senses, disability, bravery, trying our best, autumn, friendship, healthy eating, good manners, saying please and thank you, using our talents, sharing, ‘love your neighbour’, teamwork, the value of education, encouragement, anti-racism and peace.
All assemblies can be downloaded in an editable format at no extra charge, so you can easily alter each assembly to suit the needs of your particular setting. To see our full range of assembly material visit our assembly page here:
Christian assemblies seem to be dying out. Here is our view on the current state of Christian assemblies in schools, given the current legal requirement for all pupils in England and Wales to take part in a “broadly Christian” act of daily collective worship.
One of the most common queries we receive about our products is the good old ‘is it religious?’ question. The answer we always give is, ‘yes and no!’ In other words, although most of our school assemblies and children’s musicals contain Christian themes, each script also gives the customer the flexibility to remove religious references altogether, if required. This is because each product contains editable versions of the scripts, with many also containing multiple script variations, including non-religious alternatives. Therefore, even our most Christian assemblies can quickly become non-Christian assemblies if so desired.
However, looking back to when we started in business in the early 2000’s, this issue was a lot more challenging for us. Back then, each one of our assembly CDs and school musicals had just one, un-editable script. Regretably, there was very little flexibility. Therefore after a few years of…
It’s that time of year again when teachers everywhere are preparing for their school leavers’ assembly. If you’re starting to make plans but find yourself short of inspiration, don’t panic! On this page you’ll find 10 leavers’ assembly ideas for you to use for FREE.
However, we know that there are many schools who have already used every one of them and are now looking for something new. So with you, our most loyal customers in mind, here are ten great leavers’ assembly ideas for you to use for free. Take any of them and add them to your favourite Learn2soar leavers songs, for a spectacular presentation, which will live long in the pupils and parents memories.
Please note that although a few of the following ideas are found on other products / webpages, in each case we’ve tried to offer a fresh, new twist on each idea:
Set the children the challenge of writing a play about an alien spaceship that lands on the school playground. A group of aliens enter the school with no knowledge of humans, feelings, school or our planet. The aliens have many questions which need answering, such as:
Not every school is lucky enough to have musicians capable of playing along to an entire children’s musical production. That’s why Learn2soar Music provide professional backing music for each children’s musical we sell, so your cast can sing along karaoke style for a fantastic performance. But what format should you use for the backing music? A CD or a download? Every children’s musical we publish is available in both formats, but we believe downloads are always the best choice and easily win the ‘CDs vs Downloads’ battle. Here are 7 reasons why downloads save time, save money, save hassle and even help save the planet…
1. CDs Get Damaged Easily
Are you old enough to remember when the first CDs came out in the early 80s? Manufacturers boldly stated that scratches and dirt would make no difference to the playing quality! Today that claim is almost as laughable as early cigarette advertising which promised ‘amazing health benefits’! How times change…
We’ve all shared the frustration of finding that our favourite disk is suddenly jumping through the best song and when we examine the disk surface, it’s usually the smallest of scuff marks that’s the problem. Let’s face it, a jumping CD is annoying. However, a jumping CD in the middle of a children’s musical performance is an absolute nightmare! Over the years we’ve sadly heard several horror stories of that very event occurring! Fortunately, digital downloads played through a computer, MP3 player or iPod don’t get dirty or scratched and always play perfectly well. Continue reading “CDs vs Downloads in a Children’s Musical – 7 Reasons Downloads Win!”
You may have noticed that we offer very popular ‘Music Man‘ and ‘Pop Star‘ music workshops to UK-based Primary Schools and Pre-Schools. However, did you know that we offer several other unique music workshops, projects and services? We’ve recently updated our Music Workshop Pages and added a new Special Projects page, where you will find full details. Here are some of the highlights…
6 out of 10 Nativity Plays performed by schools, nurseries, preschools, playgroups and churches may accidentally break the law in one of three ways…
Over the last few weeks thousands of schools, nurseries, preschools and churches have performed Christmas musicals and nativity plays, not just here in the British Isles, but also in the 40 or so countries around the world, which we regularly sell to. However, behind all the costumes, glitter, joyful songs and smiling faces, it may shock you to know that in our experience, roughly 6 out of every 10 establishments staging nativity plays, may have inadvertently broken the law in one of 3 ways…
1. No Performance Licence
It is a legal requirement worldwide that a performance licence is in place for any performance of any play or musical. This includes children’s Christmas musicals and nativity plays. We make it extremely easy for customers to buy their licence at the same time as they buy their performances from us, for the low price of just £10. There are no forms to fill out and we believe that our prices are the lowest in the market, yet only around 40% of customers actually buy a performance licence.
The big problem is that there are a lot of common misconceptions which we hear all the time… We’re only performing to parents… We’re not charging admission… We’re only using a small part of the script or just a few songs… Our children are only 3 years old… and in all these cases it sadly makes no difference whatsoever. A performance licence is still required by law. (In the UK via the ‘Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988’, and worldwide via the ‘Berne Convention’ and the ‘World Intellectual Property Organisation’). Continue reading “On The Naughty List: How 60% of Nativity Plays might break the law”
‘What A Star’ is a groundbreaking nativity play designed to boost your children’s self-image. This blog looks at how and why it was made.
Early in 2013 I had an idea for a new nativity play for young children. The premise was simple: a little star who wasn’t very good at shining would be chosen by God to become the brightest star of all, shining over Bethlehem, guiding the wise men to visit the newborn baby Jesus.
I suggested the idea to my teenage daughter, who ran with it. Within a few days she had enterprisingly produced the first draft of what would become: ‘What A Star!’ A nativity play for ages 3-7. In her script, my daughter had introduced the idea of the star going to ‘star-school’, but being the worst in the class at everything, getting teased by other ‘bigger, better stars’ and feeling unhappy at being so small and shy. By the end of the play of course, Leo the little star becomes the biggest, brightest, most important star of all, as he shines over Bethlehem’s stable.
All good and well, but what surprised me most was that my daughter had chosen to give this star a name… Leo! Having written dozens of nativity plays over the years, my first instinct was to change the name or remove it altogether. But then I thought about the significance of this tiny name…
Straight away, I should state that I never read horoscopes, or take any interest in star signs or the zodiac, but I do know that because my birthday is in late July, my star sign is ‘Leo’. Therefore, as I read the first draft of the script, I immediately felt a connection to this little star, who didn’t feel as good as all the larger, older stars in his class.
Our sales of Christmas plays gets earlier each year. This blog discusses the fact that lots of teachers like to be extremely well prepared!
It’s the 1st August 2014 and over the last week the sun has been smiling and I’ve been baking on a trip to London. Next week, we’re going on an even hotter holiday to the beautiful island of Santorini in Greece… yet through it all, at the back of my mind, I can’t stop thinking about Christmas plays! Welcome to my weird mixed up world!
I can tell it’s the start of the summer holidays when the first orders for Christmas plays start to come in. Yes, believe it or not, there are a lot of teachers out there, who in their first week of the summer holidays are thinking about where and how they’re going to buy their Christmas plays. I know, some of you are thinking that’s mad, but I call it being amazingly well prepared!
Just in the last week we’ve had good sales for early years Christmas plays, particularly our No. 1 best seller ‘Our First Nativity‘ and our most recent production ‘What A Star‘.
And it’s not just the overly well prepared teachers thinking about festive productions… at this time of year I can’t help but be consumed by the thought of writing new Christmas plays. We have recording days set for a few weeks time to record my new material, so whilst sunbathing on the beaches of Santorini, I’ll hopefully be putting the finishing touches to two of my newest creations: ‘ A Christmas Toy Story’ for ages 5-11 and ‘Our First Nativity 2’ for ages 2-5. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share detailed information about both Christmas plays in the next month.
For now, if you too feel like being overly prepared and a bit festive, then have a look at our current Christmas plays here:
‘Away WITH The Manger’ is one of our most popular Christmas plays. In this blog, co-writer Stuart Ross writes about the publicity it’s been receiving.
Two years ago I released a Christmas play titled ‘Away WITH The Manger‘. The play had been lovingly crafted over a long five-year period and had originated from an idea by my 9-year-old daughter. She actually wrote the first few scenes including the first song which goes like this…
“Away with the manger, two robbers stole it, They were called Bob and Bill and they were both big twits…”
The hilarious story then tells the tale of two bungling burglars who are on the run with a bag of stolen jewels. Through a strange turn of events, the jewels are hidden in the local school’s nativity manger and soon the comical crooks want them back! As the characters stage their school nativity play, mayhem ensues, but one thing is clear… crime doesn’t pay, as the crooks are eventually locked up. The play then finishes with a glorious nativity scene, with Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Wise Men, etc… reminding the audience of the true reason for the season.
Our Mothers Day songs available on two different Mothers Day CD’s, really have gone round the world…
It’s nearly Mother’s Day! No, I’ve not gone mad… In the UK Mother’s day is always in March or April, but in the rest of the world, Mothers Day is the second Sunday in May. That’s why I love this time of year. As all our overseas customers buy Mothers Day songs from us and it reminds me of how many corners of the world our music and resources are reaching into. Just in the last few days alone we’ve had sales in the USA, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Italy and even Trinidad and Tobago!
I actually have a list in my desk drawer of all the countries where we’ve ever sold a product. I started it 10 years ago and the list is growing bigger and bigger every year! I made myself a promise that one day I’d visit all those countries, but as the list is now getting so long, I’m not sure it will ever be possible (but I’d like to try)!
Palm Sunday is sadly ignored by most modern calenders, but this sad omission may be indicative of modern society’s uncaring side…
On the wall in my office is a wall planner published by ‘Teach Primary’. It contains an extensive list of important dates from many world religions including obvious events like Christmas, Easter, Ramadan and Diwali, as well as more minor dates like All Saints Day and Ash Wednesday. As I was studying the planner recently I noticed a surprising omission. Palm Sunday was missing! Later, I checked all the other diaries and calendars around our house and found that only one noted that this coming Sunday April 13th would be Palm Sunday.
I believe that Palm Sunday is an important date and shouldn’t be ignored. That’s one of the reasons why I recently published a short Palm Sunday children’s musical: ‘The Donkey’s Tale’, which tells the story of Palm Sunday from the donkey’s point of view. As Jesus entered Jerusalem on a humble donkey, the people shouted ‘Hosanna’, which literally means ‘save us’.
The people of Jerusalem were hoping that Jesus would save them from Roman occupation. Of course that wasn’t the case, but the reason this story always impacts me is because it reminds me of all the people in our world today who are also shouting ‘save me’…