After a year of virtual performances, it was hard to know who was more excited at the prospect of performing to a live audience, the staff or the pupils! There was certainly a real buzz in the John Moore Theatre as everyone gathered in anticipation of our long-awaited Summer Show and ‘Reflections’.
The programme opened with the musical items, with performances from our year group ensembles interspersed with solos from Y6 pupils; Jinc L (piano), Josh L (flute), Anna S (voice) and Sazan M (piano). The ensembles have been working extremely hard throughout the term to prepare their pieces and it was lovely to see how much each group has progressed over the course of the year. Our brave soloists were extremely professional, giving accomplished renditions of four varied pieces.
The two halves of the show were linked with a beautiful, virtual performance of the haunting song, ‘Memories’, pre-recorded in College Hall as a Covid precaution. This led beautifully into the dance section of the programme. ‘’Reflections’, a mini ‘Creative Connexions’ prepared by Y6 during their dance lessons with Mrs Lewis this term, was a truly moving, beautiful and thought-provoking set of pieces and poems inspired by the children’s experiences of life during and after lockdown. The dances reflected strong emotions and were uplifting in their themes of hope, unity, freedom, joy and kindness. The three poems, written and read by Stephanie K, Florence V and Amelia W explored contrasting emotions and experiences that resonated with everyone in the audience and left us all reflecting on everything that has happened over the last 18 months.
In spite of Covid, we have had a busy and fruitful year across the arts at KSA. Our Summer Show definitely stands out as a highlight and was an incredible and memorable climax to this year’s work in music and dance. Congratulations to all the children who took part and good luck to our leaving Y6 pupils as they move on to the next exciting stage in their arts journey.