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Sunday, 22 May 2022 22:12

Lunchtime Concert May 2022

Lunchtime Concert May 19th 2022 

 Today’s concert was a real treat. It was given a brilliant start by Jacob Okwuadigbo who took us easily into the mind of his character ‘Calvin’ as he mused about his future employment. This lively, engaging performance made us laugh. Jacob’s timing was excellent, pausing and moving on just at the right time so that we believed he was making it up as he was going along. Wonderful!

James Alder made our mouths water as he did some musing of his own. ‘Hot Cross Buns’, as James pointed out, really don’t look cross. We all agreed, they are far too squishy and smiley looking to be ever thought of as cross; a happy performance too James, well done.

Alexander Briscoe and Timothy Lancaster amused us with their in depth discussion about superheroes and other important stuff, ‘So you think you’re a superhero’. We always enjoy this partnership; perhaps they are Batman and Robin in disguise!

Oluwadamilola Olajide was a busy girl today. First she played us a beautifully performed ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ with a lovely sense of enjoyment then later in the concert she brought us the brilliant poem by A.A. Milne; ‘Wind On The Hill’ which never fails to charm the reader and listener alike. Well done Damilola, I hope you get to fly a kite one day very soon!

Sophie Hartley-Wiley played a confident version of that famous T.V. theme ‘East Enders’ for us. We loved it. 

Frederick Lancaster’s speech and drama ‘Ernie’s incredible illucinations’ took his character into a library. Being incredibly bored, waiting for his dad to finish, he imagines a man in the corner is a secret agent, there’s a dead body in the reference section and gets into trouble for mountain climbing on his chair. Freddie obviously enjoyed sharing this with us; I wonder how many children get bored in a public library these days? 

Isabel John’s ‘Ferris Wheel’ piano piece was so pretty and played carefully and was in complete contrast to Arjun Sohal’s poem ‘Mrs. Mather’; his over active imagination dreaming up all sorts of terrible scenarios before plucking up the courage to ask his next door neighbour for his football back. 

Clare Hubbard, another one of our four pianists today, played ‘A Toy’. This super little piece works so well with it’s descending scales that dance down the keyboard again and again, Clare performed it with just the right weight and style. Ivanna Awoyemi was a super star playing ‘Old MacDonald’ perfectly with great rhythm and concentration all the way through.

Olivia Taylor was very entertaining. Her speech and drama ‘Did you ever play tag with a tiger’ made us chuckle and Onyineomachi Iwuagwu charmed us with her quotation from ‘Winnie the Pooh’ …the bit where Pooh sings his ‘Tra-la-la’ song and comes across Rabbit’s hole. I loved this, what an incredible memory you have Onyineomachi.

Erioluwa Ojemuwiya gave us some mouth-watering recipe ideas from her Nigerian family cookery book, the meat pie sounded delicious! Our tummies were definitely rumbling after this, so thank goodness Chamber group were next to play, finishing our fabulous concert with three pieces; ‘Biscuit Club Boogie’, Shrimp Society Samba’ and ‘Hurly Burly’. They were brilliant; listening to each other, using dynamics and performing with pride. 

Congratulations to all of our performers! 

Keep practicing everyone!

Mrs Hodges

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