The Summer Term is such a time of extra marvellous activities and fun.
For the music makers at WCPS we started the term with a visit from Children’s’ Musical Adventures. Patrick is the Principal timpanist with the Welsh National Opera and Owen who is an international percussion soloist and judge for the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year. They brought their own instruments and gave the boys an opportunity to play them. These two professional musicians have been friends and colleagues since their first week at Music College and their synergy and enthusiasm was a joy. I must thank Friends of Squirrels for funding this day to enable the boys to focus on creating their own compositions. It was a delight and it gave us a booster start to the term as we continued to create our own sounds as a part of each class lesson.
This term the after school Music Performance Workshop was all about SPACE. The space launch in 1969, the moon landing and the astronaughts. The boys created sound scapes with instruments and their voices. They wrote lists of word sounds for the take off and the landing and devised their own short performances. We rounded off the term with a play reading which included four space songs - ‘One step on the Moon’ and ‘I want to be an astronaut ‘ to name but two.
Our musical adventures continued last week when Alua visited us to round up International week. He gave us a great surprise. Let me explain. Each term we have a different genre of music for our listening and watching. We are very lucky to have a great sound system and large screen for these presentations. Anyway, this term we have been watching the Stomp Company as they performed and presented music groups from around the world. Well, imagine our delight when we discovered that Alua had been a member of the Stomp cast for a number of years. He was a great hit with the boys when he performed one of his body music excerpts from the show during the school assembly.
Finally, the Summer Fair Singers performed on Saturday with great gusto and skill. I will make particular mention of Nicholas and Sebastian who braved singing a solo in front of many parents and school staff. Well done boys. Beautifully done.
So the end of the school year is here. Only three more perfomances of the Year 2 production of Porridge and our music making will be over until September.
Have a very happy summer holiday