School orchestra concert
On Tuesday 23 May, the school’s musicians put on a splendid concert. In the afternoon, the whole school crammed into the hall to watch and listen to a varied programme of music. The parents were invited to the early evening performance. The main stars of the show were the lunchtime club musicians, the orchestra, choir and ukulele club. Our lovely instrumental teachers also prepared items for their children to perform, either in groups or as solos. Mr Pearce attended the concert to accompany Millie Davies on the guitar. Sally Whale, who helps run the orchestra, brought along her cello to add some depth to the orchestra.
Ms Frank was very pleased with how it all went and was particularly impressed with the orchestra’s rendition of In the Hall of the Mountain King. The very generous evening audience donated about £280 in a retiring collection, which is going towards replacing the worn-out music stands.
Echoes 7 at The Royal Albert Hall
On Monday March 20, 30 children from The Stoke Poges School performed in the two World Premieres at the Royal Albert Hall. The event was called Echoes 7 and it involved children from 52 Buckinghamshire primary schools. The first premiere was a song cycle by famous jazz trombonist and composer, Scott Stroman. Scott used the words of poems by Enid Blyton to compose music which could be played by children who have only been playing a short while. It was perfect for our whole class pBone lessons in Year 5 (a pBone is a trombone made of plastic). Scott conducted the piece himself, with Miss Silsby and Ms Frank directing our children with hand signs. The second World Premiere, Lifesong, was also written especially for Echoes 7. It formed the finale of the concert, with the composer, Sheila Wilson present in the audience.
It was a very long day (the coach arrived back at 11.10pm!). The children were fantastic, and were complimented by Glyn Murphy, the organiser, on their attitude and behaviour. Mrs Gamiet, Mrs Fetherstone and Ms Frank were very proud of them all. It was an experience that we will probably never forget.