Boys' School Middle School Music Showcase

June 19, 2015 at 12:01 PM

The music programme at the Boys’ School has always been incredibly strong with large numbers of boys taking advantage of the itinerant music programme to learn an instrument. In Years 4-6 alone, there are currently over 100 boys learning to play. The most accomplished of these young musicians steeled their nerves last night to step into the spotlight and play, at what was for some, their first public concert!

Playing as soloists, part of an ensemble or singing in the choir, the large audience of parents, siblings and friends were amazed at the delivery from our youngest musicians!

In welcoming the parents, Director of Music, Mrs Janet Grierson acknowledged that it might not always be easy to encourage sons to practise but it is her hope that in taking up an instrument, the boys will develop a life-long love of music and gain a sense of sheer enjoyment from playing.

The biggest ensemble, the Symphonic Orchestra were the first to play, opening the evening with all the pomp of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ followed by the more lyrical ‘Edelweiss’ from the Sound of Music.’ We went on to hear solos on the piano, trumpet, violin, guitar, trombone and flute with ensemble play from the flutes and recorders. The two ensembles played in round; a tricky skill to learn – holding on to your own melody while others are playing their part.

Our Year 6 boys can also select music as a lesson option. One of the things they learn is playing together in an ensemble and how important it is to keep in time with each other. Two groups presented their take on rhythm and timing; one through a clap dance and another with a skit. Both brought out the unexpected in body rhythm and synchronisation – with all the ducks, dives and slaps, it’s a wonder no-one scored a black eye!

The evening concluded with the Saint Kentigern Singers, a non-auditioned choir for boys who simply love to sing. They meet together once a week to rehearse and have enjoyed performing this year in our Chapel services and assemblies. They boys performed ‘Imagine’, a song learnt for the Anzac Commemoration, followed by ‘Happiness,’ a piece from the movie ‘Charlie Brown’ and finished with the iconic ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’.

Principal, Mr Peter Cassie spoke with a degree of pride and wonder at the end of the concert. He said that the Boys’ School is very fortunate to have staff with a passion for music who are committed to developing the talents of the boys. He marvelled at their polished performance on the night, admitting that some of their early morning practices earlier in the year ‘didn’t sound too flash!’ He said, ‘Music requires practice, practice, practice and it’s the enthusiasm by both the boys and their parents to embrace this, that will set them on a path to discover a joy of music for life.’

Well done to all the boys last night for a fantastic concert.

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