It was a beautiful evening for the Summer Concert- there was great expectation from the audience; the children gave 100% and certainly delivered. The whole evening went with a swing and it was
great to see so many enjoy performing, particularly from the older years. The music on offer was an eclectic mix from Mozart to Bruno Mars, Jazz to Classical and through to rock as well as everything in between.
After a slightly premature but rousing start from Class Brass, the orchestra excelled with a brilliant performance of The Magic Flute by Offenbach’s Galop. And so we were in to the songs from year
group singing and ensembles as well as the occasional solo.
The performances from Voice Box (Bubbles and Something Spooky) and Dulcimer (Earth, Sea and Sky accompanied by Year 8 strings and A Whole New World) were delivered with musicality, character and feeling, whilst the performances from That’s Life (Bare Necessities and Sunnyside of the Street) and Octagoing (Nobody’s Sweetheart) were clearly enjoyed by audience and performer alike and received great applause. Chantelles delivered a beautiful performance of Beauty and the Beast and Force 12 entertained with Mama don’t Allow. The audience was delighted.
There was further enthusiastic singing from the Rock Band with Uptown Funk and Rejection giving us a rendition of Radioactive and it was good to see so many guitarists take to the stage, so obviously enjoying themselves. Year 2 excelled themselves with their recorder playing and singing Hey Ungua with Year 3. They were a real credit to themselves performing in front of such a large audience. Every one of the soloists played with panache and style.
All of the ensembles presented beautifully prepared musical performances from jazz to strings of all ages to percussion and Samba and wind so it really was a mixed bag with something to
suit all tastes. Wind Band gave a lively rendition of Gangster Prankster and Jive. Mini Fiddles produced a wonderful sound with their Hornpipe and Heave Away. This was followed later by Pachelbel’s Canon played with poise and emotion and James Bond which was delivered with gusto – Year 5 Musicians were a new ensemble and were certainly impressive.The Jazz Band (playing Moanin’) and percussion groups played with energy and fantastic rhythm. HotHot Hot lived up to its name and the Samba Groove was fabulous with tight rhythm and committed musicians playing with real concentration. Reservoir Dogs from Baird’s Band, was a great and tuneful contrast.
In many of these performances there were several children who have not been seen in small groups before and it is to be hoped they will continue to enjoy the music making in future years. Every child was a performer and seemed to enjoy taking part, and also showed great support as members of the audience in a most enjoyable evening of music. They should all be commended for their efforts. The children have been a joy to work with and we look forward to the next event.
Many thanks too, for all the support the music department has received. We have had some lovely emails and comments.
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