Monday, 24 April 2017
Eighty pupils from nineteen independent schools across the North West, including the Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ Schools, came together in the Girls’ Division Great Hall to form an orchestra. They had just one day to practise before putting on the ‘AJIS Proms’ concert.
The day began with a whole orchestra rehearsal, followed by intensive sectional rehearsals throughout the morning. After lunch, everyone came together once again, this time with Mark Heron, Professor of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, to put the finishing touches on their performance.
Finally, the audience gathered in the Girls’ Division Great Hall for the concert itself. Pupils played a number of pieces arranged for junior orchestra: ‘Mars’ and ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’ by Gustav Holst, ‘The Firebird’ by Igor Stravinsky, ‘In The Hall of the Mountain King’ by Edvard Grieg, ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ by George Gershwin, and the National Anthem. They performed to a very high standard, and the event was very much enjoyed by all of the parents and friends who came along.
The AJIS Proms was a wonderful opportunity for junior school pupils to come together with like-minded students and play with a professional conductor.
Performing in the AJIS Orchestra were Junior Girls’ School pupils Angelie Chitre, Esha Mishra, Uma Patel, Georgie Sykes and Janani Velayutham in Year 6, along with Nyah Pomian and Anoushka Sharma from Year 5. They were joined by Junior Boys’ School Year 6 pupils Thomas Norrington-Moore, Ben Turner and Cameron Weatherley and Year 5 pupils Alex Bowen-Heaton and Adam Faulkner.
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