King's St Alban's

13 October

First Informal Music Concert of Term

The benefits of technology were once again put to good use on Tuesday afternoon at King’s St Alban’s this week. Our first Informal Music Concert of the term was held via Zoom, enabling twelve children from Year 1 to Year 6 to perform alongside each other, while keeping everyone safely distanced at home.

Our concerts are always varied, but this was probably the most eclectic informal music concert we have ever enjoyed, with traditional melodies such as ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’ and classical pieces like Burgmüller’s ‘La Clevaleresque’ sitting alongside ‘Castle on a Cloud’ (from Les Misérables), The Hoosiers ‘Worried about Ray’ and the laid-back, jazzy ‘New Orleans Nightfall’ by William Gillock. There really was something for everyone!

It was lovely to welcome a few new performers to the concert experience at King’s St Alban’s. Sophie P (voice), Sazan M (piano), Tom B (voice), Florence V (piano), and Henrietta V (violin), all made their first appearance. Greta W has performed regularly on the piano but gave her first performance on the violin this week.

The last few months have been challenging for our young musicians, with the shift to Zoom instrumental lessons and (for many) remote learning, followed by a long summer holiday, all potentially interfering with their usual routines.

It was clear that our twelve musicians have put this time to good use however, giving superb, fluent performances that did them and their teachers proud. This was a lovely event and a super start to this year’s concert programme and a celebration of our school’s commitment to the arts. Well done everyone!