Earlier this week, pupils and staff alike were thrilled to be able to welcome a live audience to our Informal Concert. For the last 18 months, all our Informal Concerts have taken place via Zoom. While this has been an excellent way of keeping live performances going, and the events have proved popular, it is no substitute for the excitement of performing to a real audience.
A record number of children enthusiastically signed up for the informal concert and it was a genuine pleasure to confront the issue of overcrowding and the need to transfer the concert from the Chapel to the Pre-Prep Hall in order to accommodate all the performers and their supporters safely!
It was clear from the very start that all the children had been working incredibly hard to prepare their pieces. For some, this was their very first concert. For many others, this was the first time they had played to an audience they could actually see: an experience far more nerve–racking and exciting than a Zoom event. For our older children, this was a welcome return to a real concert hall and the opportunity to enjoy the special connection with the audience that comes with a live performance. There were lots of smiles from everyone and many very polished performances.
The audience were treated to a wealth of music. From jazzy piano pieces to haunting songs, with a few old favourites mixed in, there was something for all tastes. As Mr. Gunter said after the concert, it is a real privilege to witness and be part of the children’s musical journey, from their very first notes to their accomplished and confident performances as they reach Year 6 and start to look forward to the next stage of their musical development. If this concert is anything to go by, music at King’s will remain strong for many years to come.
Congratulations to all those who took part.