For our annual spring concert in the glorious setting of St Anne's Church the theme was "Music from Movies", which was well received by the audience and also the performers.
For this concert there was a contemporary feel which was interspersed with the traditions of classical solo performers and ensemble players.
With the support of the in-house band (Miss Taman, Mrs Scoffield, Mr Hayes and Mr Morelli) all of the numbers sung by the whole of Junior House were lively, energetic and enjoyed by all. The smiles from the children told the story for itself. The opening performance of "Hallelujah" brought a tear to some of the audience due to the haunting Year 6 melody lines, and overall sombre mood, whilst in contrast "Singing in the Rain" had our audience tapping along in the background. The finale of the concert "Do Re Mi" brought the house down, as it was also fused with the well-known ABBA classic "Thank you for the Music" and got the biggest round of applause of the night. This was also the favourite of our children and even now they keep asking to sing it again!
Each year group had their own choir performance which was outstanding. Year 3's rendition of "Favourite Things" was lovely to listen to and this bodes well with it being their first ever concert, whilst Year 4's song "Chattanooga Choo Choo" was impressive due to the clarity and conviction sung by all. Year 5 had one of the more challenging pieces of the evening, but they delivered "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing!" fantastically, whilst Year 6 stole the show with their mind-blowing harmonies in "Adiemus." All of the year group choirs said how much they enjoyed this performance, and they are keen to do more.
There were also a number of impressive ensemble performances. Both the Kool Tunes Choir and Junior Vocal Group sang with conviction following their recent trip to Wembley Arena. The Recorder Club, String Group, Wind Band and Beatz Club all performed to the highest standard seen so far this year. They should all be proud of themselves for such a high quality, confident performance.
The biggest recognition needs to go to all of our solo performers in this concert. Following a round of gruelling auditions those who were selected to play a solo then had to face the church audience and the whole of Junior House, but every performer was amazingly confident, and they performed without letting on just how nervous they were. It was lovely to see such a variety of soloists across year groups in this concert- Violin, Piano, Oboe and Trumpet. Well done to you all!
The standard of music for this concert was, without a doubt, incredible. We have raised the bar once again with this annual spring concert, so now the real challenge is to see how we can continue to build on this and do an even better concert next year. A huge well done to every single performer in this concert- you have done yourselves and also the school proud.