This week: Chamber Music Concert 7 December, The Tempest, Year 7 Christmas Tropicana, Christmas Lunch.
Chamber Music Concert 7 December
This year’s Chamber Concert was a sell-out - the Music Hall was packed with parents, students and staff who came along to enjoy a varied evening of music performed by a range of students.
There were fine jazz performances from the Big Band with ‘On Green Dolphin Street’ and ‘St Thomas’, and from the Jazz Band with ‘Milestones’ and ‘Perdido’. Classical pieces included Lydia playing Chopin’s Minute Waltz, Thomas playing Michl’s ‘Concerto in F minor’ and Dolly and Ruby singing Vivaldi’s ‘Laudamus Te’. We heard ‘Please Please Me’, ‘Jealous’ and ‘Super Trouper’ from the Sixth Form Singers, Nyibol and Three Little Birds, and generated some Christmas spirit with the Chamber Choir singing Britten’s Festival of Carols, and ‘White Christmas’ from the Three Little Birds.
It was a wonderful event. Many thanks to all the performers, the music department and the enthusiastic audience for making it such a special occasion.
In the last week of term, our school hall was transformed into a remote island for the Sixth Form production of Shakespeare’s late play, ‘The Tempest’. The play was transposed to a sixties, psychedelic context with beautiful, flowing ‘Tempstock’ costumes and appropriate music from the era.
There were outstanding performances from the whole cast, who captured the magical atmosphere of the play as well as its humour and warmth. Their delivery of Shakespeare’s challenging language was superb and each actor accurately conveyed the essence of their character. The students had clearly worked hard as a team, with production, sound and lighting, costumes, poster design and stage management all being delivered by sixth form students.
Many thanks to all the cast and crew for such an enjoyable evening, and to Ms Silver and Ms Cohen for their inspirational and highly creative direction.
Thanks as well to the appreciative and attentive audience.
Year 7 Christmas Tropicana
On the last Thursday of term we enjoyed the Year 7 Christmas concert, in which all Year 7 students participate, alongside some of the older students. As always, there was a long and varied programme of singing from soloists, small groups and the choir, including ‘Hawaii Five-O’, a South Pacific Medley, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Surfin’ USA’, ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret?’ and ‘Make You Feel My Love’. We finished in a seasonal mood with ‘Christmas Tropicana’.
Many thanks to all the performers, the music department and the audience for a wonderful occasion.
This year’s Christmas lunch was more popular than ever, with students queuing out into the foyer to enjoy Christmas food and the festive atmosphere.