The Music Department have been busy in the lead up to half term
9 February 2023
Music and Munch
February’s Music and Munch featured, as always, an eclectic mix of instrumental and vocal performances, combining popular music, classical hits, ragtime and musical theatre. A standout performance from Pullo W, who fully encapsulated his character Bill Sikes, complete with cockney accent, opened the concert. This was followed by equally amazing renditions of ‘What baking can do’ from Ruby S and ‘Both sides now’ from Naomi H-S. For the instrumental portion of the concert, there were two assured piano performances from Milan H and Rose T, a funky saxophone piece from Edie C, and to complete the set, a lovely violin duet from Evie M and Chloe-Leila G which demonstrated great musicality and listening. The next Music and Munch will be on Friday 3rd March at 1.15pm in Tig’s – all are welcome.
There was a fantastic Choral Concert at the beginning of February. Schola Cantorum sang pieces to celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple within an atmospherically lit Chapel. Highlights of the concert were Julius R’s two solo performances of movements from the Bach cantata ‘Ich habe genug’. A special mention must also go to Johnny D (soloist) and Jimmy T (organist) for their solo performances in Nunc Dimittis by Howells. Well done to all of our musicians who were involved.
The Instrumental Concert was the instrumentalists’ opportunity to showcase what they have been rehearsing this term. There were performances from Concert Band, String Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Brass Ensemble, with all the musicians coming together at the end for a final Orchestra performance. The programme was varied, ranging from popular music arrangements to classical music.
What a wonderful two showcases of all our musicians. Thank you to everyone who supported these events and well done to all our musicians.
EPTA Piano Competition
On Saturday 4th February, the Music Department hosted the Norfolk region round of the annual EPTA Piano competition. EPTA, or the European Piano Teachers’ Association, was founded in 1978 and today has associations in almost every European Country. The aim of the organisation is to promote best practice and to raise the standard of piano teaching. The competition ran from 9.30am until after 6pm, with a range of classes from Elementary to Advanced to cater for students of all levels from around Norfolk, eagerly supported by parents and friends who came to watch. Under the adjudication of Jill Morton, students from each class were put through to the next round which takes place in Covent Garden in London on Sunday 5th March. Prep School pupils Santiago O, Year 5 and Nathanial G-B, Year 6 came out top in their class whilst at the Senior School, Rose T in Year 11 was put through in her Advanced Class. Well done to these pupils and for Hansen W, Year 5 and Milan H, Year 11 and Hannah B, Year 13 for taking part and playing so well and all receiving such good feedback. Good luck to our three winners in the next round!