Prep school music thrills on Open Day
The Prep School showcased an impressive range of instrumental and vocal music at the Open Day and Carnival on a cold but sunny day in April. The orchestra performed a programme with a light-classic feel: the waltz, gentle rock and fuller sounding swing pieces were all played with rhythmic bite and a good sense of ensemble. The solo and duo performances were no less impressive, particularly for the range of styles: from Lydia’s dance-like performance of a traditional Scottish tune on the flute, Ellie’s delightful singing of A Spoonful of Sugar, Saffron’s nimble Gospel Flair on the piano, to Asa’s memorable Stand by Me (complete with full backing track), Will and Alfie’s charming Walking in the Air and Jaya’s atmospheric Castle on a Cloud.
Class singing showcased enormous enthusiasm, skill and confidence, too: Reception charmed with their powerful voices and surprise daffodils, Year 1 and 2 showed that 3-part singing is easy, Year 3 and 4 sang a most characterful Pirate song and Year 5 and 6 produced a vivid performance of the Age of Technology, complete with electronic sound effects. Finally, but certainly not least, Chanteurs approached Rutter’s All Things Bright and Beautiful with a lovely sound, then changed gear completely for a strong performance of Pop Idol, which was full of fun and attitude!
We have much to be proud of in the Prep School: slick singing, vivid choreography and high entertainment values.