Miss Christina Slominska directed her Lower School Percussion Ensemble first with an arrangement of Pirates of the Caribbean. The ensemble had everything from glockenspiel to snare drums and demonstrated their strong rhythmic ability that Miss Slominska had been working with them on since the start of the year. This was followed by three soloists: Bea showed maturity beyond her age on the oboe whilst Snow proved herself to be a strongly intuitive musician on the double bass. This set of soloists was capped with Henry and Patrick doing a piano duet from earlier in the year at the Piano Duet Competition; a delightfully cheeky piece.
Cantamus was the next ensemble to take to the stage with Miss Lyndsey Evans leading her contemporary choir in How far I’ll go (Moana) and a short and sweet arrangement of Summer Holiday by Welch & Bennet. Cantamus showed a good harmonic ear and were able to sing comfortably in harmony; something which they had been working on all year. The next batch of soloists consisted of: Susannah who played the guitar with great deals of confidence, Maya playing a beautiful piece on piano and Eloise singing How could I ever know? (The Secret Garden) with great tone and depth of sound.
Lower School Woodwind Ensemble were next with Mrs Lisa Nelsen at the forefront. They played two pieces from Carmen: Toreador Song and Les Dragons d’Alcala. This ensemble have come far this year and have become a very tight group when playing together. Daisy stayed on stage to start the next round of soloists on her alto saxophone, followed by Simi and Ethan, singing and playing piano respectively with as much skill and ability as many further up in the school. The first half was finished with Lower School Brass Ensemble, led by Mr Steve Foster playing Hello Dolly!, Tour de France and Thankful for small mercies. The confidence of this ensemble was the perfect end to the first half.
Mrs Tessa Drummond led the start of the second half with Lower School Strings, featuring a special directorial debut from Patrick who demonstrated confidence and maturity at the front of the ensemble during their arrangement of Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter. Joshua and Georgia took to the stage for the next soloists, with Joshua showing skill on the notoriously difficult French horn and Georgia repeating a sweeter solo version of How far I’ll go from Moana.
The final Lower School concert of the year was full of a large variety of performances with something for everyone. From ensembles to soloists, it was a chance for them to demonstrate all the skill they had been fine-tuning throughout the year.
The Lower School Guitar Ensemble, led by Mrs Maria-Iona Ford, played a short ditty called Those homework blues! a piece which made the audience chuckle. The audience went from chuckling to cheering for the next set of soloists: David demonstrated his inner Elton John during I’m still standing, singing with much skill and confidence. Eddie then showed us what he was made of on the drums playing Brazil Overture with a level of ability that nobody could expect of a person his age. The whole concert was topped off nicely by Lower School Choir led by Mr Peter Davis. They sung two sweet melodies, Yarmouth fair and My own country by Peter Warlock with Ethan joining them for the last one. Finally they finished with an upbeat song, The rhythm of life from Sweet Charity with the choir