For the second year running, the School Orchestra was invited to participate in the finals of what is the largest music festival in the world. The orchestra was promoted from the Junior Class to perform alongside senior school and county youth orchestras in Birmingham’s magnificent town hall.
A morning performance time in Birmingham meant an early departure from SE21 at the start of the holiday. All but a small handful of the boys were available and there was a buzz of anticipation on the coach as we trundled along the M40.
On arrival, the boys were almost immediately taken to the main stage in the majestic setting of the town hall. The orchestra’s performance was vibrant and stylish and attracted very positive remarks from the adjudicators. ‘You’re a fine ensemble; we really like this group; you grabbed us from the start; wonderful phrasing; striking dynamics…’
Following their performance, the boys were privileged to hear more excellent music performed by ensembles from all over the United Kingdom. All in all, a most successful and rewarding day. Bravo to all the boys who gave up the first day of their holiday in order to participate.