An exceptionally busy final week has typified the activities of the Music Department this term!
The term began with a trip to London with Year 5 for a concert at the Royal Festival Hall, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This was closely followed by a trip to Lancing College with the pupils from Year 5 who successfully auditioned for the Chapel Choir. An inspiring day of music-making culminated in the service of Choral Evensong in the beautiful chapel.
This term has seen an incredible amount of practical music making across the year groups. Concerts by our string and guitar players provided an opportunity for those pupils taking lessons to show what they have achieved this year. Pupils in Year 2 also had the opportunity to perform, taking part in a concert for parents to show what they have achieved on their recorders over the year. Year 3 and Year 4 entertained parents in their respective concerts, Year 3 performed Mud Glorious Mud with much gusto, whilst Year 4 performed The Elephant’s Child, a series of songs telling the story of how a baby elephant got its trunk, complete with percussion. Year 6 worked hard preparing a performance of Jonah Man Jazz for their concert, alongside class percussion ensembles playing pieces by our own percussion teacher, Gerry Berkley. The Summer Performance Platform also gave an opportunity for those who were preparing for exams, and others, to show what they had been working on this term.
The Inter-Patrol Singing Competition saw the Millennium Hall filled with wonderful singing from morning to evening, whilst the inaugural Rock Band Concert saw the Hall transformed into an intimate cabaret-style venue, with our various bands performing short sets. Some parents couldn’t resist a dance or two!
Once again, the Leavers’ Service was a wonderful, celebratory occasion, where we reflected on the good times had by those leaving the school, and the many things they have to look forward to. The Chapel Choir led the singing, augmented by parents and staff, with a particularly moving performance of Bob Chilcott’s Be thou my vision.
The last week of term saw two performances of The Sound of Music, for which the Year 8 pupils had been preparing since their exams finished. Complete with live orchestra, fantastic costumes and wonderful singing, this was certainly a memorable production.
The week culminated in the fantastic School Concert, which is always a very entertaining and inspiring occasion. The orchestra sounded wonderful with a medley from Les Miserables and a medley of Michael Jackson songs, whilst the Chapel Choir were on fine form with a spine-tingling performance of Remember Me by Bob Chilcott, and the ever-popular Rhythm of Life. Mr Berkley’s drum group entertained everyone with their interpretation of a marching band, and the Rock Band made another appearance with Deep Purple’s Black Night. The Junior Choir were very excited to perform a medley of songs from Aladdin, and Big Band opened the evening with a polished performance of Misty and the theme from Goldfinger. Some of our most accomplished musicians provided solos, with a particularly impressive performance of J S Bach’s Double Violin Concerto - a real highlight. Huge congratulations to all of our musicians for their hard work in preparing for the concert!
Lastly, congratulations to all those who took music exams this term!