Over 120 boys in Lower School are to be congratulated on a tremendous pair of concerts which began the series of musical events which will take us to the close of the academic year. This is the largest Lower School Concert in memory and, on this occasion, it was quantity AND quality.
The richness of tone from the String Orchestra, and also from the String Ensemble, was so impressive. The Orchestra entertained with three pieces, including a stately rendition of Land of Hope and Glory. The Ensemble showed much promise and also performed its three pieces with aplomb.
Woodwind and brass players also had their moments. The Woodwind Ensemble (having more than doubled in size since February) showed its enormous progress with three pieces arranged by Miss Baker (Mr Cool providing an encore). The Brass Band, also at its largest yet, gave an impressive and confident performance with each piece being introduced by a solo trumpet player. These groups include players who may still be in their first year of learning with all others only in a maximum of their 5th term. A real achievement. The Lower School Ukulele Club gave a ‘cool’ performance of the James Bond Theme, complete with on stage ‘snazzy shades’. Max dazzled with a solo violin piece and drew a huge ovation. He had been invited to perform, personally, by Mr Brooke. It is wonderful hear such musicality from one so young. The concert closed in fine style with a vigorous and entertaining performance of Jonah Man Jazz. The boys’ enthusiasm for singing is obvious. We were delighted to be joined by the Choir of Dulwich Wood Primary School for the Tuesday performance. This is part of an outreach collaboration and is the second time the two schools have joined together for a concert. It was a perfect and rousing finale to a concert of the highest quality from these young musicians.
The Lower School boys can be proud of their musical achievements this year and the concerts only go to show what enormous potential our boys are demonstrating.