The Sound of Music in the Junior School
Pupils across the Junior School have enjoyed a packed programme of musical performances this half term to see out the end of term and the run up to Easter. Every one of the children from Nursery to Year 6 has been involved in either instrumental or singing performances in concerts throughout the month.
The musical celebrations began with a Teatime Concert in the packed Recital hall, featuring nearly 100 pupils from across the Junior school years. The concert included the Show, Training and Chamber choirs alongside the string ensemble and piano, trombone, viola, violin, double bass, guitar and saxophone duet and solo performances. A varied repertoire covered many genres, from Billy Elliot to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, plus the Drunken Sailor sea shanty and even a trombone solo performance of God Save the King.
The following day saw Year 5 take centre stage with the Baroque and Roll concert, featuring beautifully performed instrumental and vocal ensemble pieces and soloists presenting pieces selected from the last 400 years.
Year 1 enjoyed a turn in the spotlight the following week, performing Sing Me a Story in the Beardwood theatre. The concert featured class and whole year-group performances of story songs, each executed with verve and gusto.
The final week of term brought the Senior and Junior school orchestras together for the annual Spring concert, in an uplifting and joyful event to usher in the Easter holidays.
Finally, our youngest pupils in the school in Nursery and Reception had their chance to delight the audience with their Animal Antics Easter performances, delivered with plenty of confidence and enthusiasm to see the term out.
Junior School Music Co-ordinator Sheila Smith said: “This term has been incredibly busy but tremendous fun for us all, we have enjoyed a fantastic series of concerts and performances to end the term with a spring in our step. With a host of extremely popular extra-curricular music clubs and choirs, over 200 musicians within our pupil cohort and a very lively music department, the opportunities are endless. Whether singing or playing instruments, it is a joy to see all of our pupils from youngest to oldest flourishing as they perform.”