Concert to Welcome the Spring
Thursday, 22 March 2018
The Junior Boys’ Spring Concert was a wonderful way to welcome the season. Parents and family members joined staff and pupils in the Great Hall of the Boys’ Division Senior School for the occasion, which showcased much musical talent.
The evening began with the Percussion Ensemble playing ‘Football Fun’ and ‘Don’t Like Apples’, and continued with an array of instrumental and choral performances. These were punctuated by music from two soloists, both in Year 6: guitarist Riley Ng played ‘Etude Opus No 5’ while pianist William Martin played ‘Clowns’.
The first choir to perform was the Lower School Choir, singing ‘Let There Be Peace On Earth’ and ‘Every Inch Of Our Planet’. The Chamber Choir sang ‘Remember’ and Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Scarborough Fair’. The Upper School Choir sang ‘Butterfly’ and the hymn ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’. There were also uplifting performances from the year groups: Years 3 and 4 sang ‘We Are The Young’, while Years 5 and 6 performed ‘Jerusalem’.
Instrumental performances showed the range of instruments played by pupils at the Junior Boys’ School. There were performances from the Guitar Ensemble, playing ‘In A Minor Mode’, and the Guitar Group, playing two familiar tunes: ‘Skye Boat Song’ and ‘Quartermaster’s Store’. The Tuned Percussion Group offered the audience ‘Celebration’ and ‘De Hase und der Igel’. The Strings Group performed ‘Jazzy Beat’ and Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’, while the Wind Band played ‘One Last Glance’ and ‘The Preacher Man’. The final instrumental performance was from the Recorder Group with the Elvis hit ‘Love Me Tender’ and ‘Match of the Day’.
The Spring Concert came to an end with a rousing medley of Songs of World War I from the Massed Voices of the whole Boys’ Junior School, accompanied by Mrs Ives, Mr Forgrieve and Mr Bleasdale.
A retiring collection was held for the NSPCC. Recently the boys received a presentation in assembly, followed by workshops for Years 5 and 6, about the Speak Out Stay Safe campaign. This informed pupils about the different kinds of abuse, advised them on finding a trusted adult to speak to if they are worried, and gave them details about Childline (0800 1111). The Spring Concert was a great opportunity to raise money for this charity after finding out more about the important work the NSPCC does to help children.
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