Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Christmas Lunchtime Concert
On the 1st December something different was going on! Yes, we presented our fourth and final Lunchtime Concert of this term but what with the all the hats, tinsel, not to mention a superb array of Christmas jumpers and fantastic excitement in the air.
As the Advent sun glistened through Ashton Hall windows, Abberley Hall was a little further ahead! Some would say, “So what’s new”? Well …….it was the eagerly awaited ‘Christmas’ Lunchtime Concert
Musically it was a very varied and hugely enjoyable Christmas programme (also involving audience participation) and full of Christmas Jingles. If we weren’t quite in the mood for this festive season at the beginning of this concert, we certainly were by the end! All the children performed really well and to a larger than usual and very appreciative audience and this brought to a close this terms’ series of highly successful Lunchtime Concerts.
The programme was as follows :-
ClariSax (Kit C, Emma C, Hector C & Henry C) accompanied by Mr Young got us off to a great start with ‘C Jam Blues’. Not only were their improvisations brilliant, their hats got us ‘in the mood’.
Matilda M (who wasn’t feeling brilliant) was brave and bold and sang a lovely performance of the jaunty ‘Yodlers’ Carol’, her voice filling every corner of the packed hall.
Molly A made her third appearance in this series with a festive and sprightly account of ‘Jingle Bells’ on her flute.
Leo W gave an assured and enjoyable performance of a very jazzy arrangement of ‘Santa Claus is comin’ to town’ on the piano
James B followed and sang a beautiful rendition of ‘A New Year Carol’ with real authority, confidence and a lovely clear sound
The Christmas Fluties (Poppy R & Immy T) stilled the hall by playing a gorgeous rendition of
‘Silent Night’ as a very effective duet
Then came the surprise of the afternoon! No it wasn’t Mr Schelly banging a big Bass Drum very loudly singing ‘Silent Night’ (!) it was Leo W playing his festively decorated tuba in a highly entertaining version of ‘Jingle Bells’, the like of which we are very unlikely ever to hear again! The audience by now, were itching to join in …and so they did on the repeat!
Sebastian T then brought order and beauty to the occasion with a splendid performance of ‘O Holy Night’ reminding us all what Christmas is really about!
The Chapel Choir, bedecked in glittery stuff, hats and jumpers got to the stage and sang in a most un-chapel-like way the brilliant and amusing ‘Christmas on the beach at Waikiki’ including some of their own actions.
Then …. it was time for a little audience participation with ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Rudolf’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’. Everyone sang very well and afternoon school started with a smile on the face and a spring in the step!
Thank you to all those who have performed so brilliantly in our Lunchtime Concerts
this term and to all those who came to support.
The Music Department wishes you a Very Happy (and musical) Christmas!