On Wednesday 19 October 2016 the Junior School Chamber Choir performed their Harvest Cantata to parents. The pupils had kindly donated produce from home which created a colourful display in the Corinthian room.
The audience were introduced to a group of children joining together to celebrate at the Harvest Fair. One of the group, Jackie played confidently by Emily Martland, displayed several greedy tendencies even though her more thoughtful friend, Chloe played by Dee Biles, pointed out that in other countries children were going hungry. After the opening rousing song, ‘Everybody come to the Harvest Fair’, complete with Callers and celebratory clapping, a change of mood heralded the arrival of Year 4, dressed as children from the third world. Their two performances of ‘Can you hear me?’ were a particular highlight and Amelia Atkinson, Amy Maguire, Lydia Monaghan, Molly Ferrier and Maia Brewer performed their solos well.
The parents were also treated to two humorous songs essential for any Harvest celebration; Bread and Cheese. ‘The Bread Song’ included dancing and ‘kneading’ bakers and a group of cheeses performed the infuriatingly catchy ‘Cheese song’. Daniel Ferrier amused the audience with his dramatic portrayal of a wheat plant and Year 5 entertained with the funny ‘Sweet dreams are made of Cheese’.
During the catchy ‘Harvest time is here again,’ Chloe impresses on Jackie that she should think about others. Jackie begins to realise how lucky she is to have so much, when many other people in the world are not so fortunate. Everyone is amazed when Jackie suggests they could send seeds to Africa and provide wells. The Choir concluded the concert with ‘Only One World’ and began the song with a poignant solo from Freddie Murfitt. The fine Cantata performance was thoroughly enjoyed by the many parents who attended.