Harini Sivavakeesar began our concert with a fantastic piece called ‘The Reef’ by W.Carroll. With her great attention to detail, loud fortissimo chords, pedal control and dramatic interpretation, she impressed us all.
Ife Adekanmbi’s cello piece was ‘Runaway Train’. It was full of dramatic effects and had a very exciting finish. She played with control and strength.
Emma Bird’s piano piece had lots of fast notes and sometimes it sounded like it was scurrying about. Can you guess which animal it was depicting? Yes, a mouse, but a ‘haunted’ one.
Elise Craig was able to bring some lovely ‘articulation’ to her performance of ‘Train Ride’ and her left hand was very speedy. Avanthii Nadeshwaren had lots of fun playing a piece about bells ding-donging away in a ‘Cathedral’ steeple. They rang very prettily in both hands and she was reading her music very carefully too.
Autumn Pim’s ‘Gypsy Band’ was full of drama. It was in a fabulous minor key with lots of chords, which made me wonder what story the music was telling. Grace Sun’s piece ‘Agincourt Son’ was also very evocative; it sent us right back into the courts of a medieval king- I could just imagine all the knights in shining armour.
Speech and drama pupils showed they were equal to the expressiveness of the music students. Jude Cronin-Webb and Taran Mehat performed a charming duet called ‘Story Time’. Their voices were so clear that even with Jude’s cold we heard every word. Eri Ojemuyiwa’s story of a swimming teacher called ’Mr Porter’ was very amusing. She has a great way of bringing her audience into her performance.
Alexander Briscoe performed a wonderful poem all about ‘Chips’, it made us feel very hungry with its vivid description of all things chippy. Talking of food; Minnah Elakama told us all about the ‘Veggy Lion’ who found carrots so much easier to kill than his fellow animals, and far less gory! Well done Minnah, you really enjoyed performing this and we enjoyed listening.
Isabella McCall had us enthralled with her reading (although she knew it all off by heart anyway) of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ that included a brilliant American accent and lots of fabulous characterisation.
Sorry I couldn’t mention everyone. You were all amazing!
It was a real privilege to listen to the young people’s performances on this cold wintry evening. There was o lovely mix of instrumental, vocal, piano and speech and drama to take our minds of the darkness outside. I will only be able to mention a few of our students here but a big thank you must go out to all who participated. Harini Sivavakeesar’s piano piece ‘Holiday In Paris’ by W. Gillock was a joy. The beautiful singing phasing, the colours in her sound and all of the tempo changes bringing life to the character of the music were articulated with great style and skill. Meera Batakurki played us ‘Diversion’ by Richard Rodney Bennett. This piano piece was so interesting and took us in all sorts of directions musically. She played with lots of expression and was technically very sure footed. Gauri Batakurki played ‘Allegretto Grazioso’ by Cornelius Gurlitt. This fast little piece was performed with great dynamic interest and was delightfully confident too. Ben Pickering chose a wonderful piece called ‘The Harp Player’ by Sibelius to share with us. A flourish of notes opened this gorgeous performance with spread chords played so well in time just as a harpist would. The chords were so evocative, Sibelius would have been proud. Eleanor Yeomans sang ‘Sweet Nightingale’ a traditional folk song unaccompanied. She was pitch perfect, we wanted more, a stunning performance.
Chiemenem Iwuagwu’s piano piece ‘Whirling Leaves’ was so gorgeous. Her pedal work made it sound very atmospheric as she listened carefully to the simple repeated rhythms of her left hand and the ringing patterns in her right. Kiaan Fesharaki’s clever touch brought out the light character of his piece ‘Waltz’ by Kabalevsky with some excellent staccato playing that was delicate too; very tricky to do. We wanted more!
Dimitri Korontzis was so proud to play ‘Star Wars’ on the piano for us. I know he has been desperate to perform this famous piece for a while now; it went very well! What was good was the poem ‘Star Trip’ came just before setting the scene perfectly. Chikamso Iwuagwu was so expressive when performing this that I wanted to join her on the journey to a planet not very far away.....!
Emma Bird and Eleanor Tichivangana should have performed their poem ‘Our Club’ for the Strictly Come Dancing judges there was so much ‘arm-ography’ going on. They would have scored 10, 10,10,10 and Amogh Mathur certainly made me feel ‘glad to be alive’ as he recited ‘Gran’s XI’, a poem I’ve not heard before. It was very funny!
Daniel Nunez and Kyle Dissanayake did so well with their conversational piece ‘Goal’ by Ellen Weeks. They kept the drama of their situation going brilliantly and had us really believing that horrid Mr Mortimer’s dog was actually going to come and get them!
Isabella McCall was unusually the only vocalist today. Her beautiful voice filled the hall and we were treated to a ‘Ride on a Rainbow’ to remember for a long time to come.
All the performers can be very proud of their lovely sense of pride in their work and their wonderful listening skills as they politely enjoyed their friend’s performances. Everyone took care to bow for their audience and being ready when it was their turn was a noticeable feature of this delightful concert. Pupils who take part in these lunchtime concerts work very hard on their chosen pieces and understand what it is like to take the stage, so they are very respectful of others as they do the same.
Well done everyone, I can’t wait for our next concert on December 12th
This thoroughly enjoyable concert got off to an excellent start; Harini Sivavakeesar played the evocative piece by W. Gillock called ‘Holiday in Paris’. Straight away we were transported to the streets of Paris. Harinin’s musical performance brought out all the colours, with pauses, dramatic tension and accents that made the music come to life. What a delight!
Victoria Diniz played her piano piece for us too. ‘The Mouse’ was actually in the room…! We could hear it tiptoeing so quietly. Well done. Anvi Mulik brought us a ‘Rocking Horse’ to ride. I loved this because it was very gentle, almost like a lullaby, just what we all needed at the end of a busy half term. Eleanor Tichivangana played ‘Old MacDonald’ with great character. It was beautifully in time and so lively and confident that we could have easily sung along.
The Speech and Drama moments were excellent too. Autumn Pim was very persuasive when sharing her thoughts ‘Pets’. I don’t know how your parents have managed to keep your household free of them up to now! Autumn’s words were so clear and she brought her audience in to every moment, using her eyes and facial expressions brilliantly.
Lacey Weatherley’s performance was very funny and very cheeky; she definately persuaded us all that she had ‘Tried to do (her) my homework’. Lola Grant’s poem ‘There Isn’t Time’ was so clear and she performed it with lots of expression too.
Erioluwa Ojemuyiwa’s presentation really helped us to understand why she loves reading the Sherlock Holmes Solve-it–Yourself Mysteries. She gave us lots of detailed description in a confident performance. Frederick Lancaster’s ‘The Golf Lesson’ was fantastic, he was managed to make us believe that he actually had a golf club in his hands, I loved the space he gave to each part of his talk, we were all able to join in and understand everything he said because of this.
Quite a few of the children in this concert hadn’t performed before; Oliver Surley being one of them. You wouldn’t have known it; he confidently played his saxophone piece ‘Jazz music for Beetles’ with a great sound and sense of purpose. It was a wonderful finish to another wonderful concert.
Well done everyone, you can be very proud of yourselves. Keep practising.
It was good to be part of the first lunchtime concert of this academic year. We were treated to some delightful performances that made us very proud of our young musicians and drama students.
I will mention a handful here if I may. Isabella McCall played a very mysterious piano piece called ‘The Haunted Mouse’, she managed to invoke an atmosphere straight away with a careful touch. The last note was the lowest note on the piano – you don’t often get to play that note in a piece!
Emily Foster sang ‘Edelweiss’ from the Sound of Music. She sang with such ‘line’, a glorious tone and clear words. It isn’t easy to sing with a beautiful legato line; you have to know how to breath properly.
Eva Pillai and Jude Cronin-Webb were brilliant as they clearly delivered their speech and drama poems with confidence and a smile. Jude’s was ‘My Hat’ and Eva’s ‘My Puppy’. Taran Mehat’s ‘Mix A Pancake’ was a really joyful performance with an extra helping of expression!
Aron Sonander played ‘Train Ride’ on the piano with a lovely balance between his left and right hand and Giovanna Opoku showed us how well her tonguing is coming on in her flute solo ‘Lazy Sunday’.
Well done everyone, you are all obviously practising hard, keep it up!
In this May’s concert the tables were turned!
Instead of the musical items sprinkled through with a few Speech and Drama performances the opposite was true. Many of the children had their LAMDA exams this weekend and were able to show off their favourite poems before the day. Twenty Speech & Drama pupils brought their best to the party so to speak, so it will be impossible to mention all of them.
We loved the slobbering, belching alien that Kiaan Fesharaki invited, Eleanor Yeoman’s vulture was a lot of fun and Patrick Kingsman’s Big Fat Budgie was very lazy! Their performances were engaging and full of imagination.
Giovanna Opoku, Siya Patel and Elisa Illingworth won our hearts with their very expressive and dramatic performances. Their poems were ‘Ballet Lesson’, ‘The Falling Star’ and ‘Shadow Collector’ respectively.
The musical offerings were equally enjoyable. Vera Padhiar played her cello confidently for the first time in a concert, Lillian Goodman’s ‘Dinosaur’s Bedtime March’ was so well played that I felt sure there was a sleepy dino in the hall with us and Oyindamola Omotosho played the left hand tune in her piano piece ‘Mysterious Procession’ very clearly.
A big thank you goes to all forty children who took part and performed so well.
This lovely lunchtime concert was just what we all needed to pick us up and put a very large smile on all of our faces. Many children took part. There were 29 items, one of which included our Senior Choir and there’s 23 of them! The girls sang their favourite ‘Jazz is Cool’ with all the moves.
Chamber group, which numbers eight now, played a little piece called’ Daisy Chain Walk’ really carefully, they are learning to listen to each other very well.
Other items included a beautiful little poem, ‘New Day’, by Emma Bird. she melted our hearts. Elise Craig played ‘The Princess’ with two hands on the piano very well. Barnaby Davison sang ‘Where is Love?’ from Oliver and brought a tear to my eye. Mariam Elakama chose to tell us about her love for Ballet for her ‘Public Speaking’ and Giovanna Opoku played her flute for the first time, her piece was ‘The Nightingale’.
We heard some stunning piano playing from our pupils and it was very exciting to hear so many wonderful poems and solos on violins and cellos. Thank you to all who took part and to all who came to join us to celebrate the children’s excellent achievements.
Chamber group started our lunchtime concert off with the brilliantly jazzy piece ‘Razza Sazza’. They are really enjoying the experience of playing together and to have two clarinettists as well, what a treat!
We were so fortunate to have so many students performing their Speech & Drama items. These were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.
Clare Hubbard’s ‘After A Bath’ was delightful, Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana’s ‘Why Are You Late for School?’ was wonderful, it all boiled down to her seeing a cloud in the end! I wish I’d thought of that excuse! Daniel Nunez Montanola delivered his poem ‘Summing Up’ so well we all felt inspired. Timothy Lancaster’s ‘My Puppy’ was very cute and Sophia Shaikh ‘Teacher’s Pet’ most definitely was not! She, ‘It’, was scary!
Talking of scary, I don’t know if I would want to have breakfast with a giant, but Isabela Alvarez-Custodio and Isobella McCall were very brave and also very gorgeous together. What lovely ‘yummy’ expression girls! Autumn Pim, “The Actress’, with her ‘wonderous yellow hair’ was wishing that she could be allowed to be scary too. If only she could be the fearsome monster instead of the soppy girl. I’m sure she could scare me with just one look if she wanted to!
We were amazed by the superb acting of Chloe Cave. ‘Head of Class’ was excellent, Chloe kept us first worried for her, frightened of her and then proud of her all in the one scene. Wow!
Freddie Lancaster’s ‘Mad Weather We’re Having’ was so enthralling because his eye line was excellent, bringing the audience in to listen to every word. We loved the ‘raining’ penguins, kangaroos and polar bears!
Chibugom Iwuagwu recited her own poem, ‘School Days’. It was funny and expressive and we loved the story you told throughout. Another fabulous story teller turned out to be Mariam Elakama. ‘The Adventures of Isabel’, Mariam made us feel like we wanted to be Isabel and that maybe she was! Advik Mishra read us some Enid Blyton. His introduction was excellent and his reading of ‘The Far Away Tree’ was engaging.
Sprinkled amongst the drama came the music. Everyone played beautifully. We heard five pianists this lunchtime. Lilian Goodman had a lovely confident tone as she played ‘Row Your Boat’ and Zara Bothongo listened very carefully to her own sound. Alice ‘the Awesome’ Alder played ‘When the Saints’ with such great attitude that her sound filled the hall and Ewa Adekanmbi played confidently as she took us on her ‘Train ride’.
Last but not least I must mention our two solo instrumentalists. Joseph Imonioro, who played ‘Daisy, Dasiy’ on the clarinet with super rhythm and style and Hana Iguchi, who played the beautiful ‘Romance’ by Shostakovich on her violin. Her interpretation of this challenging piece was ‘fierce!’
Well done to you all of you!
I can’t wait to be scared, charmed, inspired and delighted next time.
This November’s concert was another delightful journey through an extravagance of music and drama. Barnaby got proceedings of to a wonderfully rhythmical start. His ‘Train ride’ piano piece took us all the way to Emily Ying Clifton’s joyfully and sparkling played piano piece, ‘Allegretto.’Anvi Mulik and Siya Patel made a very strange choice to go ‘Ghost Hunting’ as a speech and drama pair and Jonathan Pugsley made the piano sound just like Westminster Chimes.
Autumn Pimm actually was Alice in Wonderland! She told us colourfully about her first encounter with the White Rabbit. ‘Mysterious Procession’ played with lovely tone was next on our journey, Dimitri Korontzis listening carefully as he performed. Arjun Sohal scared us with his poem about a ‘Tarantula’, thank goodness we only had to worry about farm animals as Shreyan Kothari played ‘Old MaDonald’ with his careful touch.
Hana Iguchi’s violin piece was another very dramatic encounter played with rich and spicy tones and drama filled chords. Nicole Villamarin found a ‘Buzzy Bee’ in the piano and Georgia Taylor sang so sweetly that the hall was filled with birds. She performed ‘Feed The Birds’ from Mary Poppins, what a treat!
Next came the most alarming moment of the concert, Olivia Sobera recited ‘Vampire’ with a far too authentic Transylvanian accent for my liking! Fortunately, all was well at the end of that and Summer O’Kane was able to play ‘There was a Crocked Man’ safely on the piano. Freddie Lancaster managed to throw ‘Spaghetti’ everywhere, well not literally, but it was very well delivered!
Soon we were travelling passed ‘Blue Birds’ played by Amaya Saiz-Arthur, ‘Lonely Pines’ by Advik Mishra and being reminded of summer bedtime by the speech and drama duo Emily Pugsley and Chloe Chan. I think they had safely woken up by the time Matthew Coomber frightened us all again with another spider, ‘Tarantula’. At least the elephants were well trained as Layla Crew played them a piece to dance their Waltz to and Emily Garwood’s cello piece ‘Peanut Vendor’ kept us all entertained with its swing rhythm and cheeky tune.
Elie Reeson played her piano piece ‘Skip to my Lou’ with a beautiful ringing sound and Chiemenem Iwuagwu loved to show off her amazing ability to ‘Swing through the Trees’ and play the piano at the same time. I wish Rushita Bhatta’s beautiful song ‘Omens of Spring’ really did take us all there, but that would have meant missing Rohit Rajaraman’s excellent redition of ‘Praembulum’ cleverly played to remind us all of Bach and of course we wouldn’t have wanted to miss Christmas!
Thank you for the fabulous ride everyone!
On Thursday 5th October we held our first lunchtime concert of the year. We were treated to a wide range of performance from our students having Music and Speech and Drama Lessons.
The concert started with Alice Alder playing a lovely little piano piece called Hair. Freddie Lancaster followed this with The Bugle Boys, again on the piano. Shaan Sanghera then had us on the edge of our seats with his recital of Stripey Tiger.
Greer McCaffrey’s lovely performance of the Potato Song on the piano was followed by 2 Spanish pieces. Ife Adekanmbi played a Spanish Dance on her guitar and Alexander Chan played Spanish Cabellero on the piano.
A trio of boys (Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio, Daniel Nunez Montanola and Kyle Dissanayake) raised a laugh from the audience with their rendition of ‘Yuck’ followed by a delightful performance of Feed the Birds’ by Barnaby Davison.
Patrick Kinsman picked up the pace of things with The Juggler on the piano, followed by Katie’s Waltz on the violin by Eleanor Yeomans. Iraa Kulkarni then treated us to a stylish Allegretto on the piano.
Ewa Adekanmbi played Song of the mountain on her guitar before Bhavish Rao scared a few of us with his poem about a Tarantula. Kylie Dissanayake was next on the piano with The Farmer followed by Oyin Omotosho with Bluebird.
We were taken back in time by Harini Sivavakeesar with a lovely version of the song Good Morrow. This was followed by Anvi Mulik in her first lunchtime concert, playing Mary Had a Little Lamb on the piano.
Next on the piano was Abigail Evans with Airplanes followed by Jacob Okwuadigbo reciting the Sock Song. Thomas Huggins gave a wonderful performance of a Theme and Variations on his guitar before Lilian Goodman scared us all at the piano with Monster!
Daniel Jemeljanenko gave a very expressive recital of the Cat’s Protection League and Sophia Shaikh delivered an eloquent performance of the World’s Worst Children.
Hana Iguchi showed us her skills on the piano with a tricky piece called clowns and the concert was brought to a close by Iraa Kulkarni who gave a very dramatic performance of Where My Wellies Take Me.
A wonderful concert, I an already looking forward to the next one.
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.