On the evening of Monday, 19th March, more than 110 pupils from the Prep School ranging from Years 3 to 8 went on the stage and performed at the Lent term music recital, showcasing a wide repertoire ranging from Schumann to Adele. Three different form classes also each presented an ensemble piece, a culmination of what they have been working on during their Music lessons throughout the Lent term.
The different ensembles in the Prep School were also out in full force, beginning with the Orchestra which performed two pieces by contemporary Japanese composers: Noriko Matsueda, Takahito Eguchi and Masashi Hamauzu. The Pre-Prep choir then took the stage, performing “Hush, My Baby” by James Neal Koudelka, much to parents’ delight. The Prep School Chamber Choir presented work which they have been preparing ahead of the Music & Drama Tour to Hong Kong in May, including the sacred anthem which they will be performing at the Trinity Sunday Eucharist service in St John’s Cathedral, “For the Beauty of the Earth”.
These ensemble pieces were supplemented by a selection of fine soloists, who entertained audiences with pieces on the violin, piano and drum kit. The Prep School Dance Troupe also made their performance debut, performing a beautifully choreographed piece set to Radiohead’s “Spectre”, led by our Head of Drama, Miss Grinstead.
These termly recitals are a great opportunity to allow wider involvement of Prep School pupils, some of whom have not previously performed onstage. With a huge emphasis on practical work and instrumental playing across all year groups, form classes now have the chance to showcase what they have been working on in the classroom throughout the year.
Director of Prep School Music