We all thoroughly enjoyed this half term’s lunchtime concert. We were treated to some very accomplished performances. The children, without exception, can be proud of their respectful attitude during the concert itself and was also present when they were warming up and tuning up beforehand. Everyone helped their fellow performer to rehearse and those who were new to the whole process were made to feel part of the team.
One or two performances need a special mention here. Joseph Imonioro played ‘Ode to Joy’ on his clarinet. It was great to hear how well he is doing, especially in his first concert and he made no mistakes, squeaks or fluffs and tongued each note brilliantly. Rohit Rajaraman played a superb piece called ’Dwarfs of the Mist’. He played the fast running semiquavers clearly and made them sound menacing. The chordal sections in the piece really evoked a threatening atmosphere and reminded us of The Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg. Anas Mehrez conjured up his own atmosphere as he read us part of the book ‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl. The wonderful expression he used to tell the story made us all want to listen to the rest of the book. But sadly the concert was over far too soon and I suppose we did need to have our lunch!
Well done everyone. Keep up the good work!
On Sunday 15th January LVAC ballet pupils attended a Nutcracker workshop run by ex-professional ballet dancer Bethan Smith. Bethan trained at Elmhurst School of dance before a professional career in ballet including performing with The Slovak National Ballet.
The workshops began with Bethan talking about the ballet The Nutcracker and the story. The children then all took ballet class with Bethan before learning a dance from The Nutcracker. Following the ballet class the parents were invited to come and watch the children perform the dance they had learnt with Bethan.
Bethan then talked about life as a ballet dancer and showed the children and parents photos of theatres, costumes, make up and a pair of pointe shoes.
There were 3 workshops throughout the day with children from 4 years to 11 years taking part and they all had a fabulous time! Well done to all the children for your hard work and concentration.
This year’s evening concert was a triumph. The pupils played a fabulous variety of pieces with great character and style.
Alexander Chan’s piano piece ‘Whirling Leaves’ was very effective. He used the pedal and quick light fingers to bring the leaves to life. Elizabeth Valolch’s piano piece ‘Allegro’ was bright and strongly rhythmical.
The jazzy pieces we were treated to were rhythmical too. Tiya Mistry played a mean ‘Moody Prawn Blues’, Khush Shah played a cool ‘Take Five’ on the violin and Alexander Etuk’s ‘All Night, All Day’ sounded chilled on the trumpet.
Ananya Rastogi’s piece ‘Cantabile’ had some lovely decoration in, she played the trills very well and Emily Ying-Clifton’s ‘German Dance’ was light and full of fun too. Harini Sivavakeesar’s little ‘Calypso’ had us all moving to its catchy beat.
The Bartok violin duets played by Agata Garban and Mrs Hodges had great energy and playfulness and Agata performed ‘Preludio’ with moments of great musicality.
Abbie North sang a song from the musical Wicked. Her performance, singing and stage presence were brilliant. Another sparkling performance was given by Emily Garwood. Her playing of ‘Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum’ from Debussy’s Children’s Corner amazed us as she flew around the piano.
Hana Iguchi’s violin piece ‘Entracte’ from Rosamunde had poise and musicality. Elizabeth Gross played and sang ‘Read all about it’ with intensity and Iraa Kulkarni sang ‘Twilight’ beautifully using long phrases that need careful breath control.
Rohan Appikatla played ‘Ode to Joy’ with a gorgeous tone on his new guitar whilst Nina Lorenz bravely shared two pieces ‘Minuet in G’ and ‘Moon River.’
Three young pianists that all play with delightful clarity and joy were Anchal Garg, Alexa Berkin-Evans and Mariam Elakama. I look forward to hearing them play again.
Miss Haig and Miss Jovic rounded the concert off beautifully. They performed ‘Lullaby for Princess Charlotte’, one of two songs that Miss Haig has recorded especially for the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Thank you to all who performed and to our wonderful and extremely appreciative audience.
On Thursday 26th March, LVAC Dance pupils marked the end of the spring term with a Showcase. Two performances were given in one night to a packed audience in the school hall. Modern dancers performed group dances specially choreographed for the occasion by Miss Emma. Emily Pugsley and Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio opened the show with a charming duet to In Summer from everyone’s favourite Disney film, Frozen and the students of Grade 6 Modern, Ingrid Christie, Yekta Kassaei and Annabel Hunter, closed the show with a powerful and moving trio to Sam Smith’s Stay With Me.
Tappers gave an entertaining performance of syllabus amalgamations they have spent four weeks learning. They demonstrated the different music styles that are learned through the ISTD syllabi from The Reggae to Urban and from Schottische to the fast and technical Quick Jazz.
Sophie Hartley-Wiley started the Ballet section demonstrating her well placed demi-plies and leg extensions in Bend and Point. Performances followed showing a mixture of class work and dances that had been learning for exam sessions in December and March from Grade 1 through to Intermediate Foundation and Grade 8. This was a Swansong for Isha Sabnis who has been learning Ballet with us for nearly ten years. She performed her Grade 5 Grand Allegro and Character Dance. This was also an emotional final performance for Grace Bradbury and Laura Beeken who will be sitting their A Levels this summer. Both are ex-Grove pupils and have been learning Ballet since they could walk! Now they have both passed their Grade 8 exam and gave a beautiful performance of some of their work.
Congratulations to all who performed and thank you for all your hard work to make a great evening of entertainment!
We offer lessons in LAMDA Speech and Drama for all ages and abilities. Speech and Drama is a great way to improve confidence in performing and public speaking, a great life skill for any child.
Students can have lessons individually or in groups of up to 3 allowing them to learn group pieces.
Students are also given the opportunity to enter the Milton Keynes Festival each year where LVAC students have won many competitions. Students can also work towards their LAMDA exams which can be taken here at the school.
For more information or to check availability please contact us on 01908 690580.
LVAC offer a wide range of instrument lessons as well as singing lessons for all ages and abilities. Students are also invited to play in regular lunch time and evening concerts to showcase their talents and practice their performing. We also have school choirs and chamber groups.
We currently offer lessons in
Violin and Viola
Trumpet, Trombone and p-Bone
Guitar (Classical and Electric)
We appreciate the commitment to purchasing an instrument for a beginner can be costly so we offer termly instrument hire for those wanting to try a new instrument. If you are thinking of getting your own instrument, we are able to source new instruments for purchase for our pupils, please ask us for a quote.
We offer the below lessons either privately or in a group glass.
RAD Ballet: Pre-Primary to Grade 8
ISTD Modern: Primary to Advanced
ISTD Tap: Pre-Primary to Advanced
Children are grouped according to their age and ability in small classes. The main focus is on enjoyment whilst also working towards their graded examinations.
The children also take part in an annual show and parents can watch class once a term.
Loughton Valley Arts Centre is a part of The Grove Independent School offering Dance, Music and Speech & Drama lessons. These lessons take place from 4.15pm and children are taken to the lessons as part of their after school activities. Lessons are also available to children who don’t attend The Grove Independent School.