King's St Alban's

10 February

Bumper informal concert to kick start 2022!

There was a real buzz of excitement in the Pre-Prep hall on Tuesday afternoon as parents and children gathered for the first Informal Concert of 2022. These concerts are incredibly popular and in total 28 children lined up at the start line for this one – wow! Sadly, several children were unable to join us due to illness. Had they been there it would have been an even bigger event!!

Children from Year 1 to Year 6 entertained us on a variety of instruments, playing pieces they have been working on with their instrumental teachers. We enjoyed classical pieces such as Beethoven’s Fur Elise and Chopin’s Mazurka in G minor alongside traditional favourites (Bobby Shaftoe and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.) Songs from the shows (When I Grow Up and Any Dream Will Do) and jazz (Inter-city Stomp and Scary Stuff) completed the eclectic mix.

We welcomed a number of new performers to the Informal Concert family. Congratulations must go to Persie, Rudy, Aubrey, Daisy and Julietta (Y1) and Persephone (Y6) on superb debut performances.

Performing in public is both an exciting and nerve-racking experience for any performer and no one is immune to sudden attacks of stage fright, no matter how experienced they are. We were all especially proud of Alice (Y4), who dealt with this horrible and unexpected experience in an incredibly mature manner, showing great resilience in coming back to perform beautifully after she had composed herself. Alice – you smashed it! Charlotte (Y4) also had to deal with unexpected technical issues, again responding calmly and with great composure to give another superb performance. Dealing with this type of occurrence, while unpleasant at the time, provides many valuable lessons for life and these concerts allow the children to learn as much from each other as from their own experiences. They are quite often an example to the adults in the audience too!

Congratulations to everyone who took part. You all played beautifully and this was a real treat to end the day.