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Each Year group has bespoke units of work based around the 'Progression of Skills' units produced by Durham Music Service. As a school we use 'Charanga' for some of our  musical development, and other units are specifically written to ensure all skills are confidently achieved.  Most importantly though,  music should be fun.  We want all our children to have a love of music, whether it is listening to it, performing it or writing it.


Prince Bishops also offers extra curriculum music clubs as outlined below.


Steel Drum club: Autumn 2

Choir: Summer term



Music in Action at Prince Bishops


Academic Year 2023 - 2024

All the children in the upper school carol service should be very proud of themselves. They all sang beautifully  and performed their poems, songs and steel drums  to a high standard. A special mention should go to all the readers and nativity actors who performed their part professionally.

After a last minute request, some of our Steel drummers were able to play for the St Mark's church Carol service. Well done and and HUGE thank you to both the children and parents for supporting St Mark's church. 

Academic Year 2022-2023

Year 5 learning the Steel Drums

                                                  Academic Year 2019 - 2020

Upper School Carol Service


Tuesday 17th December 1.30pm at St Mark's Church, Eldon. Everyone welcome.


Each individual class will perform their own song, demonstrating a variety skills from singing in harmony to singing two songs at the same time! Children and staff will also tell the story of Jesus' birth and the congregation will be encouraged to join in with Christmas carols as well.  There will also be performances from our very own Steel drums.

Our Steel drums were asked to play at St Mark's Carol service.

                                                 Academic Year 2018 - 2019

PB Steel Starz!!

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
June 2019

'During the longest day of the year, and as part of Make Music Day 2019, Durham Music will celebrate music making county wide by enabling every young musician within Durham and Darlington to perform-on one day! In schools, in the playground, at home or on the concert platform, County Durham and Darlington will come alive with music! Small, large, formal and informal performances are all encouraged to take part to break through our 5000 performer target!'


Prince Bishops are participating in this fantastic event!


In the morning there will be performances from the Steel Drums, a whole school performance of 'Dancing in the street', and even a woodwind duet performed by staff!! This will then be followed by our annual Mini 'PB's Got Talent' final in the afternoon which parents are welcome to attend.


If you would like to follow the days events please log onto the web link below.


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April 2019

The PB Steel Starz playing at the opening of 'Shildon Alive'

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Well done to all of our Steel drum players. THANK YOU!

Academic Year 2018 - 2019

Our 'Nativity' children from the Carol Service

A huge 'WELL DONE' to all the steel drummers for a fantastic performance at the school Carol service. Special mention to Ashleigh and Leyla for their leading contribution!


Silent Night photo

Steel Drums Update


The children are working hard learning new Christmas carols and songs, and are looking forward to performing at the Upper School Carol Service. 

Our Steel Drum Club Members

Steel drum club


Steel drum club will be resuming on  Tuesday 18th September from 3.15 - 4pm.

This club will be offered to children in years 3,4,5 and 6 and is free to join.

A letter with further information about the club will be sent out in the next few days.

Please note even if you are a current member of the club you will still need to fill out a new permission slip for this academic year.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me, Mrs Ward. 


Academic Year 2017 - 2018

January 2018

(Happy New Year!)

Choir event in March:


The Prince Bishops Choir will be participating in the 'Primary Choir Festival' on Wednesday 28th March.  We will be performing Zara Larson's 'Symphony' with the other schools who are taking part, and will also perform  two of our own songs!  

More details to follow, and the choir will be receiving a letter next week, asking for parental permission to go.

November 2017

2017 Christmas Production dates:

Reception and Lower school (Y1, Y2, Y3) - Tuesday 19th December (morning)

Upper school (Y4, Y5, Y6) - Thursday 21st December (afternoon)

Christmas is approaching!!


The below music is either being sung by a particular class, or open for all to sing during the Upper School Christmas Concert this year.

Please click on the links below if you would like to practise!


Once in Royal Davids City

This Christmas carol will be sung by our choir.

Calypso Carol

This carol will be played and sung by our year 4 children

It was on a Starry Night

This carol will be performed by our year 5 children

Oh What A Special Night

Our year 6 children will be performing this entertaining Christmas song

Away in a Manger

Everyone will be invited to join in with this Christmas favourite

We Three Kings

This will also be a carol for everyone to sing

O come all ye faithful

This will be our final carol, and will be for everyone to sing

October 2017

Prince Bishops Community School

Steel Drum Club

with funding provided by


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We applied to Children in Need for some funding, so that the school could buy some steel drums and enhance the lives of our children and also the local community.  After quite a long delay the main drums have arrived, and we are told the big tenor drums will arrive before Christmas!!


Mrs Ward, Mrs Burrip, Miss Errington and Mrs Dames are very excited to get the club started, and the children made a great start on Monday.... they can already strike and roll a note!!

Our steel band in action!

September 2017

Music Clubs


Monday Lunchtime - Choir (Years 4,5,6)

Monday after school - Steel Drum Club


Wednesday Lunchtime - Recorders (Year 3)


Thursday Lunchtime - Hand bells (Year 5)

Meet the recorder club.

Meet the Hand bell club

Academic Year 2016 - 2017

A huge THANK YOU to all the children who participated in the Music Concert this week.

Music Prize 2017: Holly

This young lady has been a ‘Musical God Send’ this year.  Not only has she sung in the choir and played in the hand bells group, she has helped set up rehearsals, regularly put away the hand bells, found music stands and even took a hand bells rehearsal when Mrs Ward double booked herself with the choir!  Her commitment and dedication has been clear to see from the outset.  She has always turned up to rehearsals and if she knew she was going to have to miss a rehearsal due to other school commitments, she has always had the courtesy to tell Mrs Ward.  But most importantly she has really made Music at Prince Bishops FUN, with her infectious giggle and sense of humour, even daring to have the odd joke at Mrs Ward’s expense!!


She will be truly missed but as the song says, ‘I’m only one call away’ and when the Steel drums are up and running we will be needing some ex-pupils to come back… so pick up the phone Holly!!

Spanish Choir

Prince Bishops have entered the ‘Song for Europe’ competition at the Gala theatre. This is specifically for a team of up to 12 Year 4 pupils who must sing in a European language, but unfortunately not English!! The year 4 pupils are presently working really hard to master Spanish in order to do their own rendition of ‘Let it be’ (‘Decelo Ser’) by the Beatles.

A huge Thank You to Natalia who has helped us all tremendously with the Spanish pronunciation!!

The competition in on Tuesday 23rd May. Good luck Year 4!!


When I find myself in times of trouble

Mother Mary comes to me

Speaking words of wisdom

Let it be


Cuando me encuentro en tiempos difíciles

Madre Mary viene a mí

diciendo palabras de sabiduría

déjalo ser


Déjalo ser, déjalo ser

déjalo ser, déjalo ser

susurrando palabras de sabiduría

déjalo ser


And in my hour of darkness

She is standing right in front of me

Speaking words of wisdom

Let it be


y en mi hora de oscuridad

ella se para enfrente de mi

diciendo palabras de sabiduría

déjalo ser


Déjalo ser, déjalo ser

déjalo ser, déjalo ser sí,

habrá una respuesta

déjalo ser


déjalo ser, déjalo ser

déjalo ser, déjalo ser

susurrando palabras de sabiduría

déjalo ser

The Beatles - Let It Be - Backing Track (1).mp3

PB Hand bells

PB Hand Bells

The children did their first performance at the Christmas concert, playing Jingle bells in harmony. They are now looking forward to helping us celebrate Prince Bishop’s 'Ten Year Anniversary' at the end of May, followed by an end of year concert on the Monday 17 July.

Hey Baby Let's Rock 'n' Roll


Bishop Barrington Primary Music Festival
The choir performed at the Bishop Barrington primary festival this year. They performed two songs on their own, and then joined with the other choirs for a final song.
This might have been their first public engagement, however they did themselves proud and represented the school beautifully.
Well done and ‘Thank You’ to all the children to were able to participate.