The Arundel Centre was buzzing with excitement last Thursday evening and that was just the parents anticipating the imminent performances from so many of our pupils in KS2. The stage was set and on came the orchestra to a warm welcome from the packed house. They delighted us with a sparkling performance of the College’s ‘Celtic Suite’ which took us on a tour of Scotland through various styles of Scottish folk music ably coached and directed by Ms Bircunshaw and assisted by Mrs Dodds, Head of Strings.
The Blast off Brass delighted with their performances of ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Eye of the Tiger.’ The audience were astounded when Mr Dodds pointed out that the girls had only started learning the cornet in September! The more experienced players in the Brass Ensemble then gave an assured performance of ‘Yellow Submarine’.
The Spears Vocal Ensemble really got their message across in Duke Ellington’s ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing’; swing, it certainly did! The Guitar Ensemble then impressed, led by Mr Cousins, in the haunting minimalist piece ‘Metamorphosis 1’. A number of Year 4/5 string players then performed two French Folk tunes arranged by Sheila Nelson; how impressive to see such young musicians have the confidence to lead themselves! Then followed three of our Year 6 pupils, each giving a solo performance.
Firstly, Yasmin L (6W) on the violin, gave an assured performance of Kreisler’s tricky little jazzy number, ‘Syncopation’, followed by another upbeat piece played by Eliana P (6W) on the trumpet – ‘Tequila Sunrise’, both superbly accompanied on the piano by Mrs Marley. Finally, Elene K (6E) played Telemann’s ‘Vivace’ on the piano to great acclaim. Year 6 were augmented by a large number of instrumentalists, including: bassoon, saxophone, flute, guitar and strings, that accompanied them singing Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ directed by Mr Headley. Year 5 and our Year 3/4 instrumentalists then joined us for ‘Tongo,’ a traditional Polynesian song that Mrs Marley accompanied on the piano, having arranged and taught the piece to all of Key Stage 2. The final two songs were from Lloyd-Webber’s ‘Joseph’ – ‘Close Every Door to Me’ and ‘Any Dream Will Do’. The audience were enthralled by the beautiful singing of the massed choirs of Years 5&6, led by Mr Headley and accompanied on the piano by Mrs Marley.
Thank you to all the teachers who helped to make the KS2 Spring Concert such a success, logistically and musically! A particular mention must go to Ms Bircunshaw, Mrs Dodds, Mr Dodds, Mr Cousins, Mr Headley, Mrs Marley and Mr Boxall for all their hard work in preparing the girls to ensure we all enjoyed a wonderful evening of music making.
The recording of this performance can be found on Firefly. Please login using your daughter’s details: Spring Concert.