The Grove Junior School
Dark Lane
Harpenden
Hertfordshire
AL5 1QB
Tel:01582 760031
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July 7 2017

Summer Music Concert – July 2017

Giuseppe Loporchio

Summer Music Concert – July 2017

This week, children from every year group entertained friends and family in a concert full of variety, with something for everyone.

The performance opened with an enthusiastic rendition by the choir, of ‘Rather Be,’ by Clean Bandit. This was followed by a 4 part round which was confidently led by children from year 6, who now regularly contribute to warm up activities in weekly choir sessions. Thank you to Mrs Harrison and Miss McCluskey for their fantastic support in running choir.

The summer concert gives an opportunity for children from year 4 to perform a solo on an instrument they are learning to play. The audience enjoyed listening to a variety of music played very professionally on the piano, with performances from Roselyn Deeley, Oliver Goodman, Amy Walker, Jack Howie, Martha Humphreys, Ruari Anthony, and Daisy Turner. Jonah Giles performed one of his own compositions, ‘Alien Invasion’ for the piano, accompanied by a track created on GarageBand, which he also composed. The music was exciting, really well structured and dynamic from the moment it started, and the audience loved it! James Jewell and Daisy Murley played quite challenging solos on the guitar, both of which were played beautifully. James Austin performed a fantastic solo on the saxophone, showing great control in his breathing and tone quality and the programme ended with a confident, exciting and powerful performance from Jess Lucas on the drums. All of these children should be very proud of the achievements they have made this year, keep up the practise!

Our two recorder groups performed a number of different pieces. Mrs Myers group have made great progress over the year and are now performing some technically challenging pieces. Well done to them. Mrs Rigarlsford’s group performed some very beautiful and very complex pieces and managed to achieve great control across the whole range of the recorder. Both groups are a real credit to the school and thank you to both Mrs Myers and Mrs Rigarlsford for giving up their lunch times to run the clubs.

The Orchestra and Samba Band continue to perform with confidence and flair. A new piece for the Orchestra was ‘Another Day of Sun’ from the film ‘La La Land’. Each section of the orchestra has some complicated music to perform in this piece and they wowed the audience with their enthusiastic playing. The Samba Band played their version of ‘Samba Magic’ by Basement Jaxx and different children showed their versatility by swapping with one another to play the different parts. The music was loud and vibrant and loved by everyone!

The concert ended with 2 songs from the choir. ‘Orchard Green’ gave opportunities for some of our talented year 6 singers to perform solos, and our final song ‘Where do we go from here?’ with its theme of ‘moving on’ was a perfect way to say goodbye to our amazing year 6 musicians as they prepare to ‘move on’.

We are so proud of all of our very talented children, not just because of what they have achieved, but because of their commitment and attitude to supporting one another in their different ensemble groups. The children have a lot of fun making music and they make a lot of people very happy when they share what they can do. Thank you Grove musicians!

Mrs Bull

July 7 2017

Mia’s Poster Success!

Giuseppe Loporchio

Well done to Mia for her winning entry in the St Albans ‘Crucial Crew’ poster competition.  Here she is being presented with her award by the Mayor.

 
 
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