Junior Music Celebration
The Junior Music Celebration has become an annual event in the Junior School Calendar, featuring our youngest musicians on the Music Hall stage to share their individual, ensemble and class-music achievements.
Organised by Mrs Guthrie, the informal concert featured all Form One and Upper One pupils, plus some of the older juniors performing in Junior Orchestra and demonstrating their instrument in solo items.
The audience of parents and families, fellow pupils and teachers were especially interested to hear some of the class-based musical learning from the year. The Upper Ones have been enjoying learning the recorder in class, and played two foot-tapping numbers, accompanied by Mr Daldorph on the piano. Class music for Form Ones has included group violin sessions with Miss Willson, who led all of our youngest year group in a polished performance of three songs.
Also from class music lessons, a small group from each of the Upper One classes performed weather-inspired compositions. The rapidly changing conditions we are currently experiencing were accurately represented with some atmospheric use of percussion and woodwind along with especially dramatic piano playing.
Junior Orchestra’s Tuxedo Junction swung whilst their Pirates of the Caribbean was both rousing and exciting. The orchestra numbers over 40 instrumentalists and the commitment and enthusiasm of the children is a credit to both themselves and conductor, Mrs Guthrie, ably assisted by Mrs Goldsworthy, and it is especially pleasing that a number of the younger senior pupils continue to support their younger orchestral players by continuing to play in Junior Orchestra.
A new club in the summer term has been a Ukulele Group, an initiative led by Lower Sixth pupil William Furniss. William’s own enthusiasm for ukuleles is now shared by several Upper One pupils, who performed the chords of a Jungle Book favourite, with Mrs Guthrie singing the tune.
Junior Singers is the choir available to Form One and Upper One pupils. Their pieces Amani Utupe and One World were sung from memory, and featured some super movements conceived by the children. With good tuning and a rounded vocal sound, there are evidently some talented young singers coming up through the school.
A number of pupils gave short solo performances, with the aim of inspiring even more of the children to take up playing an instrument along with enabling them to hear their peers individually. From the string family, we heard from Joshua Hwang on violin and Alexander Ludman on ‘cello, whilst the woodwind were represented by Megan Roberts on the flute, Yasmin Tucker on the clarinet and Freya Kotting on the bassoon. Our brass soloists were Tom O’Connor and Sebastian Hemmings on cornet and Toby Kenefik on tuba. Along with vocal soloist Gracie Blake and pianist Joseph Lomas, the younger pupils will surely have been inspired to continue with their music and maybe take up a new instrument. Thanks to all of our soloists for performing with such poise and style.