This week we had a bumper crop of musicians taking to the stage for the first Informal Concert of 2020. Our Informal Concerts at King’s St Alban’s offer all pupils an opportunity to perform in front of a supportive audience of peers, teachers and parents. Housed in the atmospheric School Chapel, Informal Concerts are a special occasion. Pupils and staff alike look forward to these relaxed concerts as they act as a superb experience for young musicians.
This week we had 23 pupils giving 25 performances. Two of our youngest pupils performed two items: Arabella from Year 4 played the violin and the piano; Ace from Year 3 played the violin and sang. Music teacher, Mrs Gunter, said:
“As ever, this was a super occasion which showcased the wide variety of instruments currently played by pupils at King’s St Alban’s. Instruments on display included trumpet, clarinet, piano, violin, flute and voice. We were lucky to enjoy such diverse styles of music from rock and blues to classical. There was also a large range of composers such as Norton, J.S Bach and a moving performance of Elgar’s Chanson de Matin given by Rory from Year 3″.
For a number of children this was their first time performing in a King’s St Alban’s Informal Concert. It was lovely to welcome performances from Juliet on the clarinet, Arabella on the violin, Alice on the piano, Seb on the piano, Larissa on the trumpet, Olivia on the clarinet and Emily singing.
We had a number of Year 6 pupils taking part which was quite remarkable. Despite having had an extremely busy few weeks preparing for their Senior School entrance test pupils were still keen to sign up for the Informal Concert. Head, Richard Chapman commented: “Larissa, Juliet, George and Freddie have all shown real determination in managing to prepare for a concert while juggling the many demands on their time! Our children are clearly extremely hard-working and committed, not to mention resilient!”
Congratulations to all our musicians on a super afternoon’s entertainment. This was a real treat!