19 July 2017
Prize Day and Summer Concert
Congratulations to all of the children who received prizes this year, the achievement is always one to be proud of! Curtis Jobling, creator of 'Bob the Builder', joined us as our speaker. He talked about how his childhood hobbies developed in what is now a career he loves. He also spoke about the different medias and techniques used in animation as well as his series of book. Curtis told the children how much he enjoyed reading as a child and using his imagination, which has been key in all of his various types of work. Parents were encouraged to support their children's hobbies as they never know how far they might go.
We have had a terrific year in the music department and the three busy terms - packed full of wonderful events - were brought to a rousing conclusion in the annual Prize Day Concert. The quality of music-making on display was of an enormously impressive standard, and the sheer enjoyment shown by the children was thrilling!
The concert started rather informally with Glen Miller’s 'In the Mood' getting people… in the mood! The ‘Little’ Band (King’s Hall’s alternative to King’s College’s ‘Big’ Band) was made up of Robert McSwiggan (Y7), Louis Benneyworth (Y8), Alfie Marcuccilli (Y8), Matthew Osborne (Y8), Anastasia Woodard (Y8), Joshua Butts (Y8), Joe Young (Y8) and Michael Burger (Y8) and they definitely got toes tapping. Next followed the orchestra with two pieces, the first of which was written by Year 8 pupil Louis Benneyworth. His exciting ‘Exploration’, which he conducted himself, was followed by John Barry’s sweeping theme from ‘Out of Africa’. Staying with the film theme, the King’s Strings octet performed two familiar works, the first of which - featuring the haunting solo oboe of Louis Benneyworth - was the beautiful ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ from ‘The Mission’. The strings then followed this with the dramatic tango ‘Por una Cabeza’.
The first of the concert’s soloists was Year 8 trumpeter Matthew Osborne who impressed the audience with the virtuosic first movement from Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto. Georgina Ambler (Y6) then provided a dramatic contrast with her thrilling rendition of the traditional Russian piece ‘Black Eyes’. The stage was then cleared for the whole of Years 3 and 4 who sang the moving Lin Marsh song ‘Believe’ with a lovely tone and a real sense of emotion.
Two more Year 8 soloists came next with Joshua Butts giving us the declamatory ‘Honour and Arms’ from Handel’s oratorio ‘Samson’. In stark opposition then came Joe Young’s plaintive and sonorous ‘Solveig’s Song’ from Greig’s famous ‘Peer Gynt’. Next we found ourselves in the realm of The Beatles with Years 5, 6 and 7 performing the terrific two-hander ‘Golden Slumbers’ and ‘Carry that Weight’. This appealed to those adults in the audience who know the ‘Abbey Road’ album well, and also those children who have seen the recent animated film ‘Sing’.
Three Year 8 girls then came to the stage beginning with Anastasia Woodard who played her ‘Trumpet Voluntary’ elegantly. Then Martha Lawford and Isabel Ambler (on violin and flute respectively) gave a suitably chilled duet rendition of Wedgwood’s ‘Sometime Maybe’. The Brass Ensemble impressed with excellent tuning and rhythm in Ramskill’s upbeat ‘Rutland Rag’ and Hannah Johnston (Y8) wowed the audience with the electrifying ‘Hora-Hatikvah’ by Perlman. The Senior Choir and Year 5 leaver Isabelle Mantyk-House gave the audience some moments of quiet reflection with Rutter’s ‘A Gaelic Blessing’ and the popular song ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ respectively before the concert rounded the corner into the final straight – the Year 8 song.
On this occasion, the singers were accompanied by a band including a number of leaving musicians – Matthew Osborne, Anastasia Woodard and Joshua Butts on trumpet, Louis Benneyworth on saxophone and Hannah Johnston on violin. The swing sound that accompanied this rendition of Michael Bublé’s ‘Feeling Good’ was spectacular and helped the Year 8 leavers raise the roof with their rousing finale to the concert. A fitting end to another wonderful year’s worth of music!