On Monday evening we held our first music tea of the year. Fourteen children from Years 4, 5 and 6, playing a variety of instruments - piano, violin, trumpet, trombone, bassoon and drum kit, dazzled us with their talents. For a few of the children, this was the first opportunity to play to an audience, so they were a little nervous. However, all the nerves seemed to disappear once the concert began and everyone played confidently and enjoyed listening to the other performers.
Eleanor began our concert with 'Theme from the Eroica Symphony' by Beethoven, which she played with poise and expression on the piano. Noah treated us to a quirky 'Tango for Eva' on the bassoon and William played a jazz piano piece called 'Gospel Flair', which appeared later in the programme, played equally beautifully by Nathan. Kirsten played a haunting Parisian melody - 'Pigalle' - on the Trumpet and Savva a rousing 'Fanfare Finale' on the piano.
Beth enjoyed entertaining us with 'When the Saints go Marching in' and Zoe and Rhuben delighted us with some lively and upbeat drum pieces. Charlie displayed some nimble finger work in his two piano pieces, 'Clowning About' and 'Tarantella', and Maya enjoyed playing a version of the 16th century madrigal 'Now is the month of Maying' on the trombone. We enjoyed listening to Niamh and Kirsten's piano pieces - 'Fiddler's Holiday' and 'Creepy Crawly' and 'Captain Jack's Hornpipe' played by Bea on the violin was tuneful and full of character.
Eleanor, who started the concert, played the final piece - a very accomplished and musical rendition of the challenging 3rd movement of violin Concerto no 2 in G Major by Seitz. A fitting ending to what was a super afternoon. The children enjoyed some well earned chocolate muffins following the concert!
Thank you to the parents and friends who supported the concert and all the children who took part - I look forward to the next music tea in December.