Title: Mary Anning and Doli the Dolichodeirus Scientist: MARY ANNING Composed by: Kingfishers Class, Awliscombe CofE Primary School Written in: May 2022
Arranged by: Frances M Lynch & Herbie Clarke
Film by: Jack Sewell
For: Voices, piano and electronics
Performed by: the composers
First Performed: online
We liked doing the clay art
Was Mary Anning smarter than Charles D. (Darwin)? We think so. We wrote about the mysterious Doli the Dolichodeirus in this brilliant MEGASONG for Mary Anning. We worked with an electric voice theatre team to write a song which would reflect her extraordinary work while exploring how fossils are made. The final film is created from drawings and a model of the Plesiosaur by the children, was made by Jack Sewell.
We sang about how heavy Doli was and her appearance, also how she died
We liked the repetitive build up at the end!
We liked the fact that Frances added the special effects
We learnt that belemites are fish, that a microscope is a machine that zooms something in, that dissect means to take something apart, and that erode means to wear away
Our final artwork, ‘Doli the Dolichodeirus’
Some of us have passed grades in piano and one of us won a guitar trophy. Over half of us play a musical instrument and some of us sing in the choir. Our teachers are Ms Lea and Ms Morris and they help us learn music with the Charanga music scheme.
Over half of us want to be either a scientist, singer or composer. Some of us want to be marine biologists, chemists, physicians, mathematicians, archaeologists and even physiotherapists! Some of us even think we can be scientists AND musicians.
It was really special when our school choir won the BBC Radio Devon Star for Christmas competition in 2019. We were judged best in the ‘small schools’ category. It was the first time we entered, and we performed a medley of Christmas songs including O Come All Ye Faithful. Being part of a radio show with a real band, live sound checks, cameras and microphones was a surreal and exciting experience. There was an article about us in the Midweek Herald!
Did You Know?
The voice warm up where we had to warm up our voices, that was funny
It was funny that some of us had such high pitched voices
When we clapped Frances put on a clapping background when we were loud enough, that was strange
We didn’t know that we could compose a song!
An Inspiring Woman
Isabella Gordonbecause she was a marine biologist and she studied crustaceans which is crabs and lobsters
Mary Anning because she found the first complete ichthyosaur and discovered the world before us