Colfe’s hosts Junior School Choir Festival
Young choristers from local prep and state primary schools took part in the third annual Colfe’s Junior Choir Festival for Key Stage 1 pupils this week.
Colfe’s Senior School Choir opened the festival with Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat from Guys and Dolls and the audience were encouraged to join in with rhythmic finger clicking. All five school choirs excitedly performed their warm up songs Warm Up The Brain and Warm Up Stomp.
The visiting schools were Blackheath Preparatory School, Deansfield Primary School, The Pointer School and Brindishe Manor. Each school sang beautifully with enthusiasm and gusto and the afternoon ended with all choirs singing a prepared song, accompanied by special guest Joe Thompson, pianist and Musical Director at The Ivy.
The pupils sang:
“Sing a song in unison give your heart a voice,
Sing a global melody and let the world rejoice.
Sing together, every girl and every boy
With a voice that sings of hope and peace and joy.”
Joe was complimentary and encouraging about all the choirs telling the children not to forget that “music is the closest thing to magic and grown-ups sometimes forget this!” He complimented the choirs on their confidence, their choice of contrasting songs and their evocative and rhythmic performances. Joe then asked two brave children to stand up and lead the audience in the African medley call and response song as performed earlier by the Brindishe Manor School.
Catriona Macleod, Head of Colfe’s Junior School said, “A fantastic afternoon was had by all and I am very proud of all the pupils for their confidence and remarkable musical talent.”