College Hall was alive to the sound of music on Tuesday morning at the Prep School Autumn Concert.
This was the culmination of many weeks of practice, rehearsals, hard work and determination from all our ensembles and choirs, who have been preparing with great enthusiasm since the start of the academic year.
For the more experienced, older King’s St Alban’s children it was lovely finally to return to performances and the sound of music in College Hall after a long break. For many of our new, or younger children, this was their first opportunity to experience a concert in such truly inspiring building.
Everyone rose to the occasion magnificently, with all of our choirs and ensembles doing themselves proud. The varied programme contained something for everyone, featuring classical music, jazz, pop, traditional tunes and songs from the musicals. The orchestra raised the roof with a rendition of Katie Perry’s ‘Firework’, the wind band played the familiar Beatles hit, ‘Yellow Submarine’, the Senior choir blasted out ‘It’s a hard knock life’ from hit musical ‘Annie’ before the Cathedral choristers sang Litany to the Holy Spirit by Peter Hurford.
Special mention must be given to our two accomplished soloists; Harry N (cornet) and Mia G (violin). Harry wowed the audience with John Williams’ Star Wars theme tune whilst Mia played La Cucaracha, a traditional Mexican piece. Both pupils played beautifully, holding their nerve in front of a large audience of staff and pupils as well as a video camera.
While we were disappointed that we were unable to invite parents to this event, it was still a fabulous occasion and a real celebration of music at King’s St Alban’s. We look forward to sharing a video recording of the concert shortly.