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Monday, 17 February 2020 15:37

Lunchtime Concert - February

DSC 6188It seems strange, looking back, that years ago when we first started to have lunchtime concerts often there would be only ten or so pupils taking part. Now we feel the concert is quite a small affair when, like today, there were thirteen children playing, singing or reciting. It is wonderful to think that so many of our young people chose to be part of the marvelous world of the performing arts.
Every child takes to the piano, their instrument or stands in the middle of the hall to sing or perform their poem or drama piece without fuss, confidently and with pride. What a great skill to have!
Many of the children who have singing lessons were on show this lunchtime. Harriet Berkin’s performance of ‘We’re off to see the Wizard’ was fast and clear with a cheeky sense of fun and life. Tabitha Simpkins sang ‘Colours of the Wind’, a beautiful song that was performed expressively. It was joy to listen to. Frederick Lancaster sang a delightful version of ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’ with lots of attention to detail and Isabella McCall’s super clear, open sound gave us a confident, smiley and bright rendition of ‘Catch a falling Star.’ Eleanor Yeomans performed ‘I do anything’. She held us spell bound with her ever-growing control, tone and confidence.
Oyindamola Omotosho played a Minuet in C by Duncombe on the piano. She managed to achieve some lovely contrasts and we all definitely felt that we would like to dance along with her. Timothy Lancaster had fun with his dynamics too. We heard ff, mp, pp and a great use of the pedal. Chiemenem Iwuagwu obviously loves pirates, her piano piece ‘Pirate of the North Sea’ was full of their swagger and I could almost hear them singing in the background.
I would like to thank all the teachers for getting their pupils so ready for their time in the spot light and also thank all the mums and dads for nagging when it’s practice time! Well done all!
Mrs Hodges
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Monday, 17 February 2020 15:30

Lunchtime Concert - January

What a great little concert this was. Everybody performed with such confidence and skill.

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.
Well done all!

Sorry I couldn’t mention everyone. You were all amazing!
Mrs Hodges
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Sunday, 27 October 2019 17:15

LVAC Lunchtime Concert - October

IMG 4826This 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.

Mrs Hodges

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 11:24

LVAC Lunchtime Concert - September

IMG 9683It 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!

Mrs Hodges

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 11:58

Lunchtime Concert - November 2017

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!

Mrs Hodges

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:49

Lunchtime Concert

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.

Mr Wakley

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Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:49

Spring Lunchtime Concerts

Lunchtime Concerts SpringThe first concert of term proved to be a very inspiring event. So many people had been chosen by their instrumental teachers to play that I was worried that those who would normally have to wait until after the concert before they can have lunch would miss out on their lunch altogether! Twenty six performed, a record number, it was wonderful. Oh, don’t worry, the concert finished on time (well nearly) and everyone’s rumbling tummy was full by two o’clock. Everyone played brilliantly.

Our second concert was a real delight! We were treated to some excellent performances that ranged from an extremely dramatic ‘Dragon Dance’ played on the piano by Naledi Komane to ‘Happy Birthday’ played on his guitar by Tobore Yerifor and a beautiful song ‘I see the light’ from Tangled sung with great tenderness by Danielle Trzeciak-Hicks to ‘Ode to Joy’ by Beethoven played carefully by Alice Alder, one of our youngest piano players, and joyfully by Harriet Hughes. We can never hear Ode to Joy too many times!

I always feel very moved by the commitment of the performances the children give in any of our concerts and especially admire those, like Danielle, who stand up and sing. Elizabeth Gross and Anjali Kumar both sang for the first time in a lunch time concert, really proving to me that song is such a wonderful gift to us all.

Well done to all of our ‘First Timers’, all twelve of you! Please make sure you keep practising hard so that we can hear you play again soon.

Mrs Hodges

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