Junior musicians on stage22nd March, 2017
Following some Year 8 Music Scholarship successes earlier in the term, it was lovely to be able to end the term by handing the performance platform over to some younger musicians. Almost all children from Years 3-5 as well as some Year 6 pupils were involved in the Junior Concert this week, some as seasoned performers and others making their debut public performances.
The Junior Choir began the afternoon with some very enthusiastic singing of three varied songs: a jazz song about a cat, accompanied very effectively by Ollie B and Finn B on percussion and saxophone respectively; The Inch Worm, sung with its partner song, Two and Two are Four; and a Packwood favourite, Roller Ghoster.
This was followed by a varied programme of soloists and ensembles. There was some lovely confident solo singing from several children. Instrumental solos included Poppy B on French horn, Tom M on (miniature!) double bass, Cai H’s jolly trombone rendition of ‘Consider Yourself’, Claudia T’s effective harp piece and Daniel G’s very impressive cello solo by Marcello. The Junior Chamber Choir sang beautifully and the Junior Guitar Ensemble made an excellent team, working together well as a group. Both Junior Activities Ensembles, made up of children who have been learning their instruments for only a term or two, played very confidently for their first stage performances.
Many more children could have played in the concert if time had allowed, and it is lovely to see such talent lower down the school. The future of Packwood music looks very encouraging!