Lunchtime Concert June 23rd 2022
Today’s lunchtime concert began with the strong and confident sound of Alice Alder singing ‘Land of the Silver Birch’. This First Nation folk song is very evocative and Alice managed to bring great feeling to its special melody. Kiki Hikwa’s piano piece ‘Ecossaise’ was in complete contrast, its cheeky happy staccato notes so lightly played.
Jude Cronin-Webb brought our imaginations to life with his beautifully spoken poem ‘The Moon’s Magic’ and Nathan Awoyemi played ‘Lightly Row’ so carefully on the piano making some lovely harmony with both hands. Another gentle performance was given by George Payton, ‘Rain’ sounded so peaceful on the piano.
Giovanna Opoku really enjoyed bringing the terrible tail of Daphne’s dad to her audience. ‘The Magician’ by Gareth Owen is a warning to all dads….don’t do magic tricks unless you really know what you’re doing!
Reyan Chawla’s piano piece was fantastic, ‘Alouette’ just wasn’t long enough and I hope he will play for us again soon so we can hear some more of his lovely playing. Jayden Bennett-Shamamba shared her piano piece ‘Allegro’ with us. She played this classical style with a joyful abandon and had fun with the grace notes in particular. Harriet Berkin sang us the delightful Scottish traditional song ‘The Winter Is Past’; she is so good at communicating the meaning of a song to her audience. India Wild showed us just how to play ‘Au Claire De La Lune’ with both hands and so prettily too.
Matthew Coomber played ‘Love Changes Everything’ using the rich expressive tones of the euphonium to great effect and the last note was just perfect. Izaiah Famutimi was equally expressive playing his piano piece ‘The Flakes Are Falling’. This was fluid and gentle, which is tricky to do when both hands are working contrary to each other. His last notes were perfect too.
Nathaniel Ekewenu put all of his bounciness into his piano piece ‘Merrily we roll along’ whilst Chikamso Iwuagwa put all of her expression into a fabulously disgusting rendition of the worm eating scene from ‘The Twits’.
Ishaan Tosar and Anoushka Mistry both treated us to the piano piece ‘Over Hill And Dale’. Ishaan is perfecting a lovely legato (smooth) sound that glides from note to note whilst Anoushka is getting very good at reading the notes and not looking at her fingers at all. Wow!
Frederick Lancaster played his trumpet with style, and what a piece! The ‘Anvil Chorus’ is one of the best choruses that Verdi ever wrote; it is part off his opera ‘Il Trovatore’. Kacie Padhiar then played us another famous piece on the piano. ‘Sea Chantey’ has another name…’What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor’ and Kacie gave it its lively character. Talking of character, Nina Punia played a gorgeous little piece called ‘Sea Story’ next. I loved it because it reminded me of waves drifting in and out on the beach. What a great hand shape you make Nina!
Timothy Lancaster loved performing ‘Sword Dance’. This piece has all the fun of a musical fight that’s also in 3 time metre; a great combination.
Zayne Quinton played the beautiful song ‘One Hand One Heart’ from Westside Story on his trumpet and Isabelle Kirk delighted us with her ‘CDEFG March’. She must have practised carefully to be able to play her notes on the piano so well. Ioanna Viskadouraki was super confident as she performed her piano piece; ‘Lightly Row’. She has been practicing carefully too.
Next came Montgomery Lancaster. His piano playing was very scary today, ‘The Haunted Mouse’ was full of drama and brilliant to play I would think; you sold it to me Monty. Isabella McCall had more musical picture painting for us to enjoy as she played ‘The First Flakes Are Falling’ with it’s twirling snow flakes that eventually stop, leaving the piano covered in a white blanket, (well that’s what I heard anyway).
Our concert came to a close once Grace Sun had played ‘The Flintstones’ theme with so much cheeky exuberance that we were all completely charmed. Her joy in performing is so infectious. She put a big smile on everyone’s face!
What an amazing privilege it is to be able to learn to make music and perform our speech and drama.
What would we do without music, dance, drama or art?
Life would be very strange wouldn’t it?
Well done to all of our performers and thank you mums and dads for giving your children the chance to learn. Please keep encouraging, nagging and bribing! It makes all the difference when you do.