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Friday, 13 December 2019 09:10

LVAC Evening Concert

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.

Mrs Hodges

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Friday, 23 March 2018 08:18

Lunchtime Concert, March

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.

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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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 14:49

Lunchtime Concert - May 2017

Our lunchtime concert was packed full of stories this month. The children sharing their Speech and Drama poems and excerpts told us many. Tales of scary snakes, (delivered with intensity by Sophia Shaikh), of herbaceous pods and beaches, (clearly spoken and with great timing by Freddie Lancaster and Dimitri Korontzis), and of Father’s Day cards and beautiful new days, (excellently performed by Autumn Pim and Samara Saanvi). Suspense filled stories like ‘Mrs Mather’ kept us on the edge of our seats, (performed by Maya Shah), and a lovely rendition from ‘Little Women’ read by Emily Ying-Clifton that made some of the older audience members want to read the whole story again.

Stories can be told by music too. We heard the gorgeous tune of a waltz singing out over the top of a beautiful left hand accompaniment played by Emily Garwood and the ringing tones of a twinkling star played by Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio on his guitar. Barnaby Davison’s ‘Cheeky Monkey’ was very playful on his violin and Thomas Huggin’s ‘Saints’ were brilliant at marching in time. Damilola Omotosho showed us some real ‘Attitude’ at the piano and Joseph Imonioro’s clarinet playing ‘Guinea pigs’ were marching almost more in time than the saints.

The cutest story told was Kylie Dissanayake’s, she is so small she needed to climb on to the stool to play us those famous Big Ben chimes. Well done to everyone for another delightful concert, especially to those I haven’t mentioned, you were all so good at your very special storytelling.

Mrs Hodges

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Saturday, 04 February 2017 10:59

Lunchtime Concert - January 2017

We all thoroughly enjoyed this half term’s lunchtime concert. We were treated to some very accomplished performances. The children, without exception, can be proud of their respectful attitude during the concert itself and was also present when they were warming up and tuning up beforehand. Everyone helped their fellow performer to rehearse and those who were new to the whole process were made to feel part of the team.

One or two performances need a special mention here. Joseph Imonioro played ‘Ode to Joy’ on his clarinet. It was great to hear how well he is doing, especially in his first concert and he made no mistakes, squeaks or fluffs and tongued each note brilliantly. Rohit Rajaraman played a superb piece called ’Dwarfs of the Mist’. He played the fast running semiquavers clearly and made them sound menacing. The chordal sections in the piece really evoked a threatening atmosphere and reminded us of The Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg. Anas Mehrez conjured up his own atmosphere as he read us part of the book ‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl. The wonderful expression he used to tell the story made us all want to listen to the rest of the book. But sadly the concert was over far too soon and I suppose we did need to have our lunch!

Well done everyone. Keep up the good work!

Mrs Hodges

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Friday, 18 November 2016 15:26

Lunchtime Concert

This November’s concert was so full of atmosphere that we even had a massive rain storm half way through. I can’t remember if it was when Mariam Elakama was inviting us to go and catch a ‘Monster’ with her or if it was when Sophia Shaikh was reciting her poem about a ‘Haunted House.’ We survived all the scariness, even Elijah Martey's ‘Vampire’ and had a wonderful time listening to many excellent performances.

Samarth Natesh's folk song ‘Come My Lads’ was bang in tune with the most amazing high notes and Gustav Otto Lorenz’s piano piece ‘Old MacDonald’ was beautifully in time. Mikayla Martey’s ‘Ballet lesson’ poem was hilarious, she performed it so well that we believed every word. It was lovely to hear Abigail Ogundeji play the piano and recite her poem; great for her first lunchtime concert.

The chamber group played really well. It was a great pleasure to have Emily Garwood on the piano and Alexander Lee back on cello.

We can be very proud of the children at The Grove who not only have very busy days at school but also have the energy and dedication to practise their instruments and poems at home. Well done and congratulations to all who took part. You are awesome!

Mrs Hodges

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:44

The Grove Lunchtime Concert

This half term’s lunchtime concert was thoroughly enjoyable. The audience was very respectful and the performers were too, bowing carefully in response to the applause that they so richly deserved.

Our speech and drama girls were wonderful. Tiya Mistry's poem about ballet lessons reminded me of pictures taken of me when I was four in my ballet kit with massive plasters on my knees. Alice Alder's poem was very clever, it helped to imagine that cars are like tigers and buses could be elephants, she recited ‘City Jungle’ very imaginatively. Iraa Kulkarni is an excellent story teller and her diction is always so clear, her ‘Midnight in the Classroom’ was very evocatively portrayed.

Our musicians played very well. I can’t mention everyone who played but I can tell you about a few performances. Eve Bailey’s piano piece ‘Boating Lake’ had a lovely singing tune and Emily Ying-Clifton’s piano piece ‘Menuet’ was played with beautifully flowing phrases.  Ewa Adekanmbi’s piece ‘See the parade’ had great rhythmical strength and Alexander Chan’s ‘Professor Umbride’ showed how you can play staccato notes on the piano to great dramatic effect.

Harini Sivavakeesar was busy. She sang ‘Rainbow’ beautifully and also treated us to an atmospheric piano piece in a minor key called ‘El Cant Dels Ocells’. The two violinists Barnaby Davison and Hana Iguchi where excellent and we even had some ‘Blues’ on the piano from Rohit Rajaraman.

Well done everyone and keep practising.

Mrs Hodges  

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