Arts Week was the focus in the Junior School last week, with lots of art, music, poetry and dance being exhibited for pupils, staff and parents to watch.
The Junior Orchestra, conducted by Doctor Thackrey, accompanied the Junior School during lunch on Monday 9 March. Two pieces were performed with great exuberance from the dining room Minstrel’s Gallery, Cokethorpe Blues and O when the Saints.
The first of
the week’s concerts to be performed in the Corinthian Room took place on
Tuesday 10 March to a highly receptive audience of pupils from Years 3-6 and many
parents of the performers. The concert was a combination of solo singers and woodwind
pieces by Mr Dallosso’s and Mr Adlington’s pupils. It was wonderful to see such
a wide variety of musical styles and, for some, it was their first experience
of performing in a formal concert setting. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and
the standard was extremely high.
Mrs Adiri’s violinists
from Years 3, 4 and 5, presented a String concert on Wednesday 11 March. Children
played in pairs displaying great confidence. The audience of Reception to Year
4 were also treated to a beautiful solo from Senior School pupil Lizzie Allen
(Fifth Form, Vanbrugh). After the performances, everyone enjoyed guessing the
mystery pieces of music by the composer John Williams, all played on the violin
by the talented Mrs Adiri!
Arts Week is a
good opportunity to present workshop demonstrations for interested pupils to experience
different lunchtime clubs. The Junior Band and Samba Band held open workshops
for children to take part, a lot of fun was subsequently had by all!
One of the most
popular Music events is the Lower Junior Choir singing competition. This was
held in the beautiful Corinthian Room on Thursday 12 March for pupils from Reception Class to Year 3. This year, over twenty singers entertained the audience and
Mrs Lord, with her group of Year 6 assistants, had some very difficult judging decisions
to make. The standard was high and all performers sang their songs from memory.
Prizes and certificates were awarded to the following pupils:
Tattersall (Reception, Baker) and Maggie West (Reception, Gwyn)
3rd Wilbur Sawyer
(Year 2, Lockwood)
2nd Nancy Beer (Year
Shaw (Year 1, Baker)
The Evening of
the Arts on Wednesday 11 March began with an Art Exhibition in the Front Hall
of the Mansion. Parents enjoyed wine and canapés while admiring the Art
Installation and children’s work, all based upon Gustav Klimt’s work, The Tree
exuberant Samba Band resplendent in headdresses then led parents up to The
Shed. What followed was a spectacular performance of poetry, music, ballet,
modern dance, French poetry and plays from Junior School children. The audience
was also treated to an array of excellent musical items from the Junior
Orchestra, Junior Band, Chamber Choir and a number of outstanding individual
declamation from the class winners was of an exceptionally high standard, and
very much appreciated by the audience.
The evening concluded with a rousing Finale consisting of all the performers,
joining together to sing the evocative I’m Still Singing.