Music Dept – End of school year 2017
This term Miss Tomkins took a group of musicians to see Sister Act at the Mayflower Theatre. The group mainly consisted of pupils taking vocal lessons, and both prospective and current GCSE Music pupils. The main character Miss Deloris Van Cartier was portrayed by X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and we all agreed that her acting and of course her vocals were absolutely fantastic! Set in the ’70’s, the lighting, set and costumes were a delight and we all agreed that we didn’t miss the original soundtrack from the film. The musicians often performed on stage in role rather than in the pit which very much added to the overall experience. An excellent production and a great evening was had by all!
ACTIVITIES WEEK – MUSIC CONCERT
This week an impromptu music concert was held in the chapel. Following is a review of the concert by Alessandro Leoni, one of our Y10 GCSE Music students.
Due to the Great British weather this week unfortunately we couldn’t go to Portchester Castle so instead we took part in some impromptu activities! Those of us who chose music had to learn a piece for a concert in the chapel before lunch.
First up to perform was Jacob Joyce (Y9) and I, performing ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head’ by B.J. Thomas. Many of the performances were linked to the appalling weather that we experienced and this was an excellent way to begin the concert.
Next was Aryan, from Y8, a regular performer, performing his own composition on piano with sensitivity.
Then came Inas from Y7, another regular performer, who entertained us with her performance of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Happier’, accompanying herself on piano.
After Inas came another year 7 performer, Jack Harthill, performing Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ as his debut performance at a concert. We were all very impressed with his excellent vocals and confidence.
Then another of our regular performers, Zhuoran from Y8, played Padarewski’s Nocturne, as part of her Grade 8 repertoire.
After that, Jacob re-appeared with 2 performances- ‘Check Yes Juliet’ by We the Kings; and ‘Stay the Night’, a pop song he has written himself!
Then I performed again, playing Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No.1 (which as always was a polished and mature performance – Miss Tomkins!)
To conclude, Nicole Thompson-Malanda, Rea Lilly and Alisha Sood, all Y10, played Sweater Weather, another performance inspired by the less than favourable weather.
Despite the terrible weather, and the spontaneity of the concert, our excellent performers managed to raise all of our spirits! Thank you to all who took part.
By Alessandro Leoni
ACTIVITIES WEEK – ORGAN PRACTICE
Alessandro Leoni and Jaden King (both Y10) are our regular accompanists on both piano and organ. At Christmas time they accompany our carol concert at St. Edmund’s Church on the organ. During Activities Week we took the opportunity to pop down to St. Edmund’s for our biannual organ practice! Talk about multi tasking; check out those feet!
During the last week of term Miss Tomkins will be hosting the annual Summer Concert. Weather permitting we are hoping to have the concert out on the beautiful terrace outside the White House. The concert will contrast to our Battle of The Bands competition earlier in the year, as all performances will be acoustic in order to provide the audience with a calm and relaxing evening’s entertainment. The audience will be encouraged to find a comfortable spot in our exquisite grounds, grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back and enjoy!