Sir Tim Rice Leads Prize Day Celebrations | King's Hall School Taunton

Sir Tim Rice Leads Prize Day Celebrations

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It was a real treat to welcome to the school author and multi-award winning lyricist, Sir Tim Rice, for our Prize Day celebrations last week.

Renowned for his musical collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more recently, Elton John and Disney, Sir Tim is a much-loved member of the King’s Hall community. To four of our wonderful pupils he is better known as “Grandpa”, and to Chief Pelican, Donald, he is “Father.”

An inspiration to our writers, music lovers and theatre-goers, Sir Tim moved the audience with his many tales and experiences. He touched upon his initial career in law, his friendship with Mr Lloyd Webber, and his involvement in The Lion King, or King of the Jungle as it was to be originally named. He also presented the pupils with an array of prizes that recognised and celebrated their achievements over the past year.

In addition to Sir Tim’s speech, School Custos, Mrs Linda Nash, addressed the audience, along with our Headmaster, Justin Chippendale, who recited the many achievements and celebrations that our pupils have been a part of over recent months. It was certainly an emotional and heartfelt event that made not only the parents proud, but the whole King’s Schools community.

Following the award ceremony, the academic year came to a fabulous close with our annual Prize Day concert. With music ranging from Avicii to Shostakovich, and Billy Joel to Mozart, myriad tastes were accounted for as the children demonstrated their talents. As well as some prepared solo and duet pieces from the leavers, the audience were treated to outstanding performances of well-known film scores from some of the school’s larger ensembles.

The orchestra opened the concert with an expertly played rendition of Mission Impossible, followed by the Out of Africa theme. Meanwhile, the Woodwind Group wowed with a difficult arrangement of the Nimbus 2000 theme from Harry Potter, and Shostakovich’s Jazz Waltz No. 2. Fresh on their heels were the Brass Group, who equally impressed with their version of The Medallion Calls – a pivotal composition from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Turning things up a notch, all Prep pupils took part in their own year group songs. This began with the Year 3 and 4s who sang the beautiful Every Brand New Day, which was then followed by a brilliant rendition of California Dreamin’ from five Year 8 boys who went by the name of The Grandma and the Grandpas. They brought the house down with their joy and exuberance, before the Year 5, 6, and 7’s toe-tapping performance of Billy Joel’s The River of Dreams.

The Year 8s concluded the celebrations with a confident, lyrical performance of the late Avicii’s The Nights. The lyrics, “When you get older, your wild heart will live for younger days,” certainly rang true for our leavers. A huge thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us, and a very well doen to all of the musicians who were involved in the final concert.


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