This year’s Pre-Prep concert took place on Tuesday 14 March and was a wonderful celebration of all the ensemble music that takes place in Pre-Prep.

‘Fiddlesticks’, our Pre-Prep orchestra set the high standard for the concert with a wonderful performance of ‘Jazzy Beat’ and ‘Gaelic Gold’ by Butterworth. The children had obviously worked very hard and it was such a treat to see the children’s enjoyment while they were playing.

The Year 2 recorder group gave a very polished performance of ‘Hot Cross Buns’ and looked truly professional on stage under the expert direction of Miss Merrill!

The Suzuki groups, as always, were a joy to watch and listen to and special thanks need to go to Miss Eastwood and Mrs Carey for their hard work and dedication to our ensemble groups.

In addition to our larger ensembles, we were very fortunate to be given the opportunity to listen to a guitar duet played by Alexandros and Theo. I know the children in Pre-Prep who watched the concert, particularly enjoyed this performance. I am sure Mr Gough will soon be having some new recruits! Many thanks go to him also for preparing the children for the concert.

Caitlin and Max were our soloists for this year and played beautifully, no doubt inspiring many of the younger children. The children in Pre-Prep do not usually have the opportunity to listen to the harp so we are very grateful to Caitlin for this.

Finally, the Year 2 children sang ‘Rhythm in the way you walk’ by Joanna Mangera. They sang with such enthusiasm and happiness that they put me in a very good mood for the rest of the day! They had only had a very short time to learn the song and all credit goes to them for their hard work and motivation. I was very proud of them all!

The concert was a wonderful celebration of the music making that takes place in the lower part of the school. I am always amazed by the talent of our youngest musicians and a huge thank you must go to all of the visiting music teachers for preparing the children, to Kurt Finglas for being in charge of the backing tracks and to Miss Akehurst for her organising skills!


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