It has been wonderful to see the new Performing Arts Centre spring to life over the last few weeks. Both academic and individual music lessons have been taking place, albeit in a slightly altered COVID-safe way. The newly refurbished classroom has proven a hit, with the new doors being the surprise highlight for everyone! Although we are unable to use it to its full potential just yet, it is clear that the new centre will be a great addition to Performing Arts at Westbourne House.
The process of learning a musical instrument has been proven again and again to have a positive effect on a child’s development. Here, trial lessons for pupils in Years 2 and 3 have proven hugely popular, with most orchestral instruments being offered. The children are given a series of individual lessons on two instruments, which has led to a number of children continuing their instrumental lessons. Alex Dichmont, Director of Music, is always on hand should you wish to enquire about your child starting an instrument at any stage.
Our first Virtual Performance Platform was held earlier in the term, with pupils from Year 6 taking part. The children gave splendid performances on flute, drums, trumpet, piano and violin for those tuning in on YouTube. Further concerts and carol services are planned for after half term featuring various ensembles, including the Chapel Choir and the Orchestra, so please consult the weekly Music Diary for more information.
Socially-distanced rehearsals for the Year 6 musical, Hairspray, are in full swing. Currently scheduled for the end of March, COVID-permitting, this show is a fantastically colourful, toe-tapping musical which will have everyone dancing in the aisles.
A professional, former Disney choreographer, who has been working with the children each week, has been ‘amazed’ at the level of talent and enthusiasm shown by the children so far, and Mr Cousens and Mr Allum are very much enjoying the process of putting the show together.