It was wonderful to have such a big audience for our packed informal concert programme on Thursday afternoon. Every Year group from Year 1 to Year 6 was represented, with 23 soloists performing and two of our school music ensembles. The concert opened with the String Group performing a beautiful and shimmering piece, Barrier Reef, based on the pentatonic scale (ask Year 3!), setting a perfectly tranquil and serene mood. This was followed by two pieces by our Guitar Group, the evocative Espana and the aptly titled One Bright Morning, both composed by our guitar teacher Steve Bridgwater. Both groups gave fluent and polished performances, reflecting their hard work and practice, with their ensemble skills developing well.
In Year group order we were treated to a fabulous array of performances on strings, woodwind, brass and voice. In Year 1, Simi and Eleanor performed their short pieces confidently, followed by Year 2 Daisy’s first ever concert performance on her violin, bringing lots of smiles to the audience’s faces. In Year 3 we enjoyed Thomas, Elizabeth and Elliot playing the piano, with Izadora and Olivia both playing lovely violin solos. Darcy in Year 4 sang perfectly tunefully before Emily’s jazzy flute piece. This was followed by Evan’s very steady Marching Tune on the piano, Sam’s flowing Waterfall on his violin, and Harry’s jolly pirate-themed clarinet piece. Our Year 5’s provided great contrast in their musical styles, from Edith’s Wild West cello solo, to Max’s jazzy saxophone piece Walk the Cat, and Michelle’s skilful Baroque violin solo, Allegro by Vivaldi. The concert was rounded off with seven performances from our Year 6 pupils. Dan gave his first trombone performance to a cool backing track, Liv looked relaxed performing the Skye Boat song on her cornet, and Imogen played a beautiful piano piece, Innocence. Emily performed a chromatic guitar solo, followed by Nico and Will performing their Grade 4 piano exam pieces with great control. Edward finished the concert with a rousing performance of a lively traditional Jewish dance.
We are lucky to have such dedicated musicians in the school who are so keen to practice, improve and perform. Keep up the fantastic work everyone and we look forward to the next informal concert on 24th March.