Kimichi School

Kimichi School - Birmingham's first school specialising in music and based in Acocks Green Term dates adjusted to allow for the ‘summer slump’. All are welcome.

The importance of music in a well-rounded education has been recognised by Ofsted. A new independent school, Kimichi is "ahead of the curve": a school for any child who plays or would like to play an instrument with no audition process. There is an emphasis on peer learning and assessment, allowing for different learning styles. Alongside the national curriculum, a fifth of the school week is spen

Operating as usual

Photos from Kimichi School's post 19/06/2024

Another whirlwind! Swan Lake and a wonderful day at Ashmole Primary with . Can’t say we haven’t kept them busy 😉


The best day in London with the wonderfully inspirational and the team from discussing all things educationally musical :)
An hour and a half later, we’ve gone ten miles back towards Brum 😂😂


🌟 A very exciting opportunity to experience an immersive orchestral concert. The infamous Beethoven five will be performed on Monday, the 1st of July at Saint Mary’s church in Acock Green with you, the audience, sat amongst the musicians as they perform.🌟

Tickets £10.
Children under 12 free.
Available on the door.


Immerse yourself in Music! A one-off live performance where you, the audience, sit amongst the musicians as they perform…
Tickets £10
Under 12’s free

Photos from Kimichi School's post 16/06/2024

Education Endowment Foundation
Hotel du Vin Birmingham
Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra - ABYSO

🇦🇬🇬🇧 Let’s talk about last night! 🇦🇬🇬🇧

A celebration of unity between Antigua and Barbuda and the UK with Kimichi School and Sally Alexander Mbe as the intermediary, brains and vision!

A huge thanks to our honoured and distinguished guests including:

The Deputy Lieutenant, Professor Deidre Kelly (West Midlands Lieutenancy)

The Lord Mayor Cllr Ken Wood and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Barbara Wood

His Majesties Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Sandra Williams

His Majesties High Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda Dr Karen-Mae Hill OBE

Vice-President of Chartered College of Teaching Tania Craig (FCCT NPQEL LLE)

MA Course Leader for National Institute of Teaching and Education Alex Hawthorn

Regional Delivery Lead for Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Jo Goodman

Oxbridge’s very own Stacey Ryan and entrepreneur extraordinaire Kenneth Grey

A massive thank you to Arron Wincott and the team at Hotel Du Vin for their excellent hospitality in a magnificent venue.

Numbers were limited so grateful to staff, governors and School Captains and Vice Captains who were able to make it and, of course, Siobhan King for the photographs!

Lighting and sound so generously provided by Ed Duncan

The highlight of the evening was a piece of music we commissioned from Dominic Matthews to unite our two nations.

What a spectacular evening 🥂

BBC Midlands Today A story with a nice change from politics, surely?!?

Photos from Kimichi School's post 13/06/2024

It’s not too late to grab a ticket for the first night of Little Women at the BlueOrange theatre in town!

Photos from Kimichi School's post 12/06/2024

Our trip down to perform as honoured guests at their annual showcase was absolutely worth it!



118 Great Hampton Street B18 6AD

For anyone in the Brum area, please come and support our kids - two of them are performing this as part of their BTEC so it’d be lovely to see some friendly faces 🎭

Photos from Kimichi School's post 07/06/2024

An excellent day with Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra - ABYSO Kimichi School and Keith Slade with a performance class and a conducting class



Photos from Kimichi School's post 05/06/2024

The utterly fabulous Dot Brodie settling in to do a woodwind repair workshop with our Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra - ABYSO guests…

Photos from Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra - ABYSO's post 02/06/2024


ABYSO Tutors in Birmingham!

🎻 Alfranique Joseph, violin
🎻 Calynia Edwards, violin
🎻 Felicia Edwards, violin
🎻 Nakiya Defreitas, double bass
🥁 McKuelan Morris, percussion
🎼 Clarita Thomas, clarinet

Our talented ABYSO tutors are in Birmingham, UK, for an intensive workshop hosted by Sally Alexander MBE, Founder and Principal of the Kimichi School. They will perform with several orchestras in Birmingham and participate in individual instrument masterclasses, chamber music workshops, and instrument repair training.

Stay tuned for updates on their exciting journey and performances!

Photos from Kimichi School's post 31/05/2024

Settling in well then….sightseeing today courtesy of Kiera Alexander and Michelle prior to a Peter & the Wolf rehearsal tonight
Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra - ABYSO Kimichi School


My Solihull Arts In The Yard Cottesbrooke Walking Group Acocks Green Village News Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum Acocks Green Residents Solihull Updates Solihull & Shirley Community Birmingham Live Birmingham TV BBC Midlands

Interactive, family friendly Peter & the Wolf wandering round the garden with the ‘animals’-a great way to introduce your little ones to classical music!


Welcome to the Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra - ABYSO tutors who have settled in amongst mountain of food and have already grabbed music stands so they can practise!

Photos from Kimichi School's post 30/05/2024

Off adventuring we go! Kiera Alexander, Michelle Alexander and I are up bright and early to drive the bus down to Gatwick to pick up the tutors from Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra - ABYSO for their three week stint with us 🚌 ⏰ ✈️ 🎵


Kimichi School is thrilled to announce an exciting cultural and artistic exchange program with tutors from the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Spearheaded by Sally Alexander, MBE, one of the founders of the ABYSO over twenty years ago, this collaboration marks a significant milestone in the organisation’s journey. Now, witnessing the convergence of the ABYSO's growth under the guidance and support of Her Excellency Karen Mae-Hill, OBE, High Commissioner to Antiguan andBarbuda as well as the Kanneh-Mason family, who boast Antiguan heritage, Sally Alexander is thrilled to embark on this hoped for reciprocal exchange.

The visit of the ABYSO tutors to Kimichi School signifies a broader initiative aimed at fostering cultural understanding and artistic collaboration between Antigua and Barbuda and the United Kingdom. This exchange program seeks to create lasting connections and provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, skills, and experiences in the field of music education.

The three-week program will offer students at Kimichi School a unique opportunity to learn from and interact with the talented tutors from the ABYSOas well as vice versa. Through workshops, masterclasses, and rehearsals, the students will gain valuable insights into the world of orchestral music and develop their musical abilities under the guidance of these esteemed professionals. Tutors from the ABYSO will interact with local community orchestras from as far afield as the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra.

The cultural exchange program between the ABYSO and Kimichi School is expected to lay the foundation for a long-lasting partnership and future collaborations. It is hoped that through this program, the participants will not only enhance their musical skills but also cultivate a deeper appreciation and understanding of each other's cultures.

Sally Alexander expresses her gratitude to Her Excellency Karen Mae-Hill for her unwavering support in making this exchange program a reality. She also extends her appreciation to the Kimichi School staff and students for their enthusiasm and willingness to engage in this cultural exchange.

The ABYSO tutors' visit to Kimichi School promises to be a transformative experience for all involved, fostering cultural exchange, artistic growth, and lifelong connections. The impact of this collaboration; one amongst many including with ABRSM and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is poised to resonate far beyond the three-week program.

The Antigua and Barbuda Youth Orchestra (ABYSO) is a thriving organization dedicated to providing young musicians from Antigua and Barbuda with opportunities to develop their musical talents. “Accessibility for all is at the core of the orchestra's ethos” – BBC News, 2023.

Kimichi School is for its commitment to nurturing students' artistic and creative talents. With a focus on music education, Kimichi School provides a vibrant learning environment that fosters excellence and innovation.

Photos from Kimichi School's post 24/05/2024

Just the BEST last day of this half term with our innovative and engaging conducting class followed by a whole school LIVE game of Among Us

Happy half term!!



Next week sees the arrival of visiting tutors from the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra to the UK and specifically Kimichi School. They will spend three weeks here honing instrumental and teaching skills as well as accompanying HT Sally Alexander to a plethora of orchestral rehearsals and concerts.

We welcome the start of what will hopefully become a long and fruitful partnership.

Photos from Kimichi School's post 20/05/2024

The “Hat Orchestra” of Kimichi School….



We’re very excited about this coming up on the first Monday of June - wander round the lovely garden with us as the musicians transport you to Peter’s world.

Is that a cat peeping out from a tree?

Where will the wolves be? Should you hide?!?

Is the duck on the pond?

Join us to find out!

School music development plan: summary template 19/05/2024

Schools are being asked to publish their music development plan for ‘24/25 before September…. For us that’s our whole website and entire ethos 🤷‍♀️
I’ll be interested to see what comes from other schools, especially secondary.

School music development plan: summary template A template to support schools to publish a summary of their music development plan on their website.

Photos from Kimichi School's post 07/12/2023

Last night’s Christmas Concert was beyond belief. Twelve years of dreaming of a school where music is the most important thing, and last night in our Christmas Concert EVERY SINGLE PUPIL played at least one instrumental piece and sang in at least three vocal pieces.

We had the most beautiful goods for sale at the Winter Fayre thanks to the sheer creative ability of pupils ably guided by Mrs. “Epic” Miles.

Many of these kids were so anxious in their previous lives (pre-us) that to see them stand in front of a horde of strangers and perform (and perform stunningly!) brought tears to the eyes of most of the adults standing by.

The power of music. It should be the MOST important subject.

Photos from Kimichi School's post 06/12/2023

Some of the luscious and luxurious goods on sale at our Winter Fayre later…
St. Marys church, 5.30pm doors open for the Winter Fayre, Xmas concert at 6pm 🌲 🎅 🎁 🛷 🦌 🌲

Photos from Kimichi School's post 04/12/2023

Phoenix Music Mondays No. 4! Get into the Xmas spirit with a good old fashioned Singalong. Playalong. Knees up. Jam session. Carolling.

We’re all ready to banish the stormy weather with some mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas Music.

Everyone welcome.

Children under 14 free!!


Think Ceilidh (practise go then run through) BUT music. Think concert, but you’re involved. Think have a go. Think Birmingham. Think family. Think mulled wine and mince pies. Now think sharing/reposting/supporting 🤗😉


Looking for a fun family festive activity? This Monday join us for a music extravaganza that includes YOU!

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