St John's C of E Primary School

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Music to listen to

Every week during singing, we learn about a different genre, artist or composer. We listen to lots of examples of music throughout the week. Click on the links below to listen to the huge range of music that we have covered this year.

Music of the Commonwealth

2022 is an exciting year for Birmingham as we are hosting the Commonwealth games!


The Commonwealth is a group of 24 countries from all over the world -  from the Pacific, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and Americas.  Most of the countries were once governed by Britain as part of the British Empire. After they became independent, many became part of what is considered to be the ‘Commonwealth family’. The countries all work together to make life better for the people that live in them. Every two years, the governments meet and discuss the challenges that they face, explore solutions and agree on what things are most important like: the environment, poverty, young people, human rights. 


There are also groups within the Commonwealth who celebrate the arts, sports and culture. The Commonwealth games are held every four years. There is also a Commonwealth music council which brings performers together from around the world. 


Over the next few weeks, we will look at different musical influences from around the Commonwealth and look at some of the organisations which are merges the different styles of music together as one.  


The Third Culture Collective is a social and musical venture, bringing together musicians from South Asian and Western cultures to perform new music and share their approach to music-making. 



A. R. Rahman is an Indian film composer, record producer, singer and songwriter who works predominantly in Indian cinema. 


This is an arrangement of the Bollywood song ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ from the film ‘Dil Se’ here, the Third Culture Collective have mixed together the traditional Indian instruments and sounds with Western classical music to make a fusion of South Asia and Western cultures. 


There are also some other links for you to explore. Listen out for a piece of music by Faure which we heard Sheku Kanneh-Mason play on the cello; here is is played on the Bansuri (traditional Indian flute). Also listen our for a piece of music with a traditional Tabla (Indian hand drum) being played and a double bass which has slides put in to make it sound like a sitar (which we listened to when looking at Ravi Shankar).