Music: Bede’s Hosts Prep Schools’ Orchestral Day
The Bede’s Orchestral Day for Prep Schools has become a much-anticipated date in our Music calendar, and last Tuesday 22 enthusiastic musicians headed off to Upper Dicker for a wonderful day of playing.
The children are used to meeting other Prep Schools for sports’ fixtures; however, for our music day everyone is on the same team!
Four prep schools were represented at the Orchestral Day and everyone sat together to make a huge orchestra of some 80 players. There were plenty of music teachers and experienced senior school musicians ready to lend a hand with tuning instruments and sorting out technical difficulties, which ensured that everybody had a really super experience.
For part of the day, musicians who were beginners or who were less experienced were able to play in a Jazz Band, which offered the opportunity to play music at the right level, as well as finding out how jazz actually ‘works’ in practice.
When the band performed in the concert finale at the end of the afternoon, under the expert guidance of our own Mr Savage, everyone was hugely impressed at the standard of the playing and at the confidence of the performers. There were improvised solos from children as young as Year 4 – a real achievement!
The main orchestra tackled three pieces: Handel’s ‘Hornpipe’ from the Water Music, the rousing Radetsky March by Johann Strauss I and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu from his setting of the Requiem.
The young musicians performed all their pieces really fantastically, showing a musical understanding of the structure of the music and playing with delicacy and control. The audience was clearly impressed with their performance and the end of the concert was greeted with stirring applause all round.
A big thank you to the Senior School Music Department at Bede’s, and particularly to Miss Morris (Director of Music) and Mr Scamardella (Deputy Director of Music) for making it such a worthwhile and enjoyable experience for the Prep musicians.
We can’t wait for next year!