In this May’s concert the tables were turned!
Instead of the musical items sprinkled through with a few Speech and Drama performances the opposite was true. Many of the children had their LAMDA exams this weekend and were able to show off their favourite poems before the day. Twenty Speech & Drama pupils brought their best to the party so to speak, so it will be impossible to mention all of them.
We loved the slobbering, belching alien that Kiaan Fesharaki invited, Eleanor Yeoman’s vulture was a lot of fun and Patrick Kingsman’s Big Fat Budgie was very lazy! Their performances were engaging and full of imagination.
Giovanna Opoku, Siya Patel and Elisa Illingworth won our hearts with their very expressive and dramatic performances. Their poems were ‘Ballet Lesson’, ‘The Falling Star’ and ‘Shadow Collector’ respectively.
The musical offerings were equally enjoyable. Vera Padhiar played her cello confidently for the first time in a concert, Lillian Goodman’s ‘Dinosaur’s Bedtime March’ was so well played that I felt sure there was a sleepy dino in the hall with us and Oyindamola Omotosho played the left hand tune in her piano piece ‘Mysterious Procession’ very clearly.
A big thank you goes to all forty children who took part and performed so well.
This lovely lunchtime concert was just what we all needed to pick us up and put a very large smile on all of our faces. Many children took part. There were 29 items, one of which included our Senior Choir and there’s 23 of them! The girls sang their favourite ‘Jazz is Cool’ with all the moves.
Chamber group, which numbers eight now, played a little piece called’ Daisy Chain Walk’ really carefully, they are learning to listen to each other very well.
Other items included a beautiful little poem, ‘New Day’, by Emma Bird. she melted our hearts. Elise Craig played ‘The Princess’ with two hands on the piano very well. Barnaby Davison sang ‘Where is Love?’ from Oliver and brought a tear to my eye. Mariam Elakama chose to tell us about her love for Ballet for her ‘Public Speaking’ and Giovanna Opoku played her flute for the first time, her piece was ‘The Nightingale’.
We heard some stunning piano playing from our pupils and it was very exciting to hear so many wonderful poems and solos on violins and cellos. Thank you to all who took part and to all who came to join us to celebrate the children’s excellent achievements.
This November’s concert was another delightful journey through an extravagance of music and drama. Barnaby got proceedings of to a wonderfully rhythmical start. His ‘Train ride’ piano piece took us all the way to Emily Ying Clifton’s joyfully and sparkling played piano piece, ‘Allegretto.’Anvi Mulik and Siya Patel made a very strange choice to go ‘Ghost Hunting’ as a speech and drama pair and Jonathan Pugsley made the piano sound just like Westminster Chimes.
Autumn Pimm actually was Alice in Wonderland! She told us colourfully about her first encounter with the White Rabbit. ‘Mysterious Procession’ played with lovely tone was next on our journey, Dimitri Korontzis listening carefully as he performed. Arjun Sohal scared us with his poem about a ‘Tarantula’, thank goodness we only had to worry about farm animals as Shreyan Kothari played ‘Old MaDonald’ with his careful touch.
Hana Iguchi’s violin piece was another very dramatic encounter played with rich and spicy tones and drama filled chords. Nicole Villamarin found a ‘Buzzy Bee’ in the piano and Georgia Taylor sang so sweetly that the hall was filled with birds. She performed ‘Feed The Birds’ from Mary Poppins, what a treat!
Next came the most alarming moment of the concert, Olivia Sobera recited ‘Vampire’ with a far too authentic Transylvanian accent for my liking! Fortunately, all was well at the end of that and Summer O’Kane was able to play ‘There was a Crocked Man’ safely on the piano. Freddie Lancaster managed to throw ‘Spaghetti’ everywhere, well not literally, but it was very well delivered!
Soon we were travelling passed ‘Blue Birds’ played by Amaya Saiz-Arthur, ‘Lonely Pines’ by Advik Mishra and being reminded of summer bedtime by the speech and drama duo Emily Pugsley and Chloe Chan. I think they had safely woken up by the time Matthew Coomber frightened us all again with another spider, ‘Tarantula’. At least the elephants were well trained as Layla Crew played them a piece to dance their Waltz to and Emily Garwood’s cello piece ‘Peanut Vendor’ kept us all entertained with its swing rhythm and cheeky tune.
Elie Reeson played her piano piece ‘Skip to my Lou’ with a beautiful ringing sound and Chiemenem Iwuagwu loved to show off her amazing ability to ‘Swing through the Trees’ and play the piano at the same time. I wish Rushita Bhatta’s beautiful song ‘Omens of Spring’ really did take us all there, but that would have meant missing Rohit Rajaraman’s excellent redition of ‘Praembulum’ cleverly played to remind us all of Bach and of course we wouldn’t have wanted to miss Christmas!
Thank you for the fabulous ride everyone!
The twenty-five children performing in our June lunchtime concert gave us so much to feast our ears and eyes upon. Congratulations to everyone who took part.
The cheeky chaps in Beech and Holly didn’t let us down with their speech and drama renditions, Jacob Okwaudigbo. Matthew Coomber, Dimitri Korontzis, Freddie Lancaster and Arjun Sohal told their funny tales of cats, lost socks, tastes and pancakes. Zayne Quinton joined in with his concert debut piano piece ‘Yankee Doodle’ that he managed to play so quickly that he didn’t even have time to sit on the piano stool!
Maanika Phul confidently played ‘Little John’ a clarinet piece. This was the first time she’d played in a concert. It’s good to see some younger pupils taking up different instruments. We need more to play brass and woodwind instruments so that we can have a Grove School orchestra.
David Ogundeji gave a beautifully rhythmical performance of his piano piece ‘Russian Song’ and Ife Adekanmbi made a lovely sound on her guitar as she played ‘Song of the Mountian’. Elise Reeson played her gentle piano piece ‘Bluebird’ peacefully and Sheyan Kothari’s ‘Elephant’s Waltz was counted very carefully.
It’s been very encouraging to see our young musicians and drama students making so much progress throughout the year. Don’t forget to keep playing over the summer holidays everyone. Your teachers will be so amazed in your first lessons in September when you can play them a beautiful piece. They will think it’s Christmas already!
The first concert of term proved to be a very inspiring event. So many people had been chosen by their instrumental teachers to play that I was worried that those who would normally have to wait until after the concert before they can have lunch would miss out on their lunch altogether! Twenty six performed, a record number, it was wonderful. Oh, don’t worry, the concert finished on time (well nearly) and everyone’s rumbling tummy was full by two o’clock. Everyone played brilliantly.
Our second concert was a real delight! We were treated to some excellent performances that ranged from an extremely dramatic ‘Dragon Dance’ played on the piano by Naledi Komane to ‘Happy Birthday’ played on his guitar by Tobore Yerifor and a beautiful song ‘I see the light’ from Tangled sung with great tenderness by Danielle Trzeciak-Hicks to ‘Ode to Joy’ by Beethoven played carefully by Alice Alder, one of our youngest piano players, and joyfully by Harriet Hughes. We can never hear Ode to Joy too many times!
I always feel very moved by the commitment of the performances the children give in any of our concerts and especially admire those, like Danielle, who stand up and sing. Elizabeth Gross and Anjali Kumar both sang for the first time in a lunch time concert, really proving to me that song is such a wonderful gift to us all.
Well done to all of our ‘First Timers’, all twelve of you! Please make sure you keep practising hard so that we can hear you play again soon.