Music and Drama: Performing Arts Evening Brings The House Down
Experiencing the sheer talent and skill shown by the Year 7 and 8 Music and Drama Scholars at the recent Performing Arts Evening must be one of the highlights of the school year.
Although it is evidently an opportunity for the Year 8 pupils to test out their Scholarship Audition pieces in front of a live audience, the sheer quality of all the performances demonstrated the flair and hard work of all the students.
Solos on instruments ranging from bassoon to cello, and from trumpet to piano were bookended by solos from top singers Sadie Collett and William Hopkins. Sadie was the first of the musicians to perform, delighting the audience with her charming A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, and she was followed by cellist Satya Elena Caprio Ivereigh playing the beautifully lyrical Andante grazioso by Romberg.
Joshua Prince-Smith accelerated the mood of the evening with his spirited Indian Pony Race by D.C. Glover on the piano, and this was elegantly countered by Phoebe Dixon’s performance of Mozart’s Birdcatcher’s Song played on the tenoroon – a mini-bassoon. William Hopkins brought the evening to an evocative and emotional close with his memorable solo from ‘Les Miserables’, Bring Him Home.
On the dramatic programme, there were monologues from our Scholars and duologue performances by the Year 7 Masterclass children, who have been busy preparing for their forthcoming LAMDA examinations. Ahead of their Scholarship day, George Lewis performed superbly in the fun and upbeat ‘Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations’ by Alan Ayckbourn and he was followed by Ben Curran’s quick-witted and cheeky ‘Kes’ by Barry Hines.
William Hopkins’ portrayal of Dodger from ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens was extremely engaging and Adam Bradley provided us with an emotive and haunting piece of action drama entitled ‘Running’ by Clarissa Ackroyd.
Our final Scholar was Sadie Collett with her convincing performance of the wicked and evil Cruella de Vil from ‘The 101 Dalmations’ by Dodie Smith.
Well done to all the children who took part in the drama pieces, including Freya Palmer, Sean Wilson, Joseph Muschialli, James Thompson, Asena Karaca, Maddie Goodman, Jem Matthews, Oliver Bean and Esther Tuson.
What a wonderful way to spend a Thursday night!