Musical delights at the Junior School

St George's Junior School has enjoyed a stellar term of music as pupils took part in the inter-house music competitions before 10 pupils went on to play at the Pangbourne Piano Festival at the beginning of March.

Inter-house competitions 

As the end of term approached, the girls and boys from Years 3-6 got ready to perform in their respective annual inter-house music competitions. Director of Music at the Junior School Mrs Hooley was thoroughly impressed with the standard of all those that performed and gave a detailed review of both competitions:

"The standard this year has been exceptional and due to the numbers of pupils wanting to audition in Years 5 and 6, the competition has been separated into an instrumental competition and a singing competition, which will take place next term. All the children in both events, even if they did not perform, enjoyed the afternoon listening to the music and singing their inter-house songs which they had practised in music lessons. The theme this year was songs from the war era; a topic in some pupils’ History lessons.

In the Years 3 and 4 competition, all those pupils who started lessons as part of the new instrumental scheme performed for the first time in front of their peers. Whilst a few were a little nervous, they all played very well and should be very proud of their efforts so far. There were several other groups all a different levels culminating in a wonderful performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Invention in G minor from Sasha Eventov, winner of her group.

Results for the Years 3 and 4 competition;

1st- Hawks

1st - Kestrels

3rd- Owls

4th- Eagles

The Years 5 and 6 competition demonstrated the talents of these year groups with performances from a Grade 1 to a Grade 5 level. All of the pupils who performed gave confident and assured performances with a new award given for the most ‘Outstanding Performance of the Competition’. These were awarded to Jamal playing drums in his piece Geek where he demonstrated his skills in playing complex rhythms; and to Sinead for her cello playing in Finiculi finicula, in which her assured performance showed character and a real understanding of the music.

Results for Years 5 and 6 competition:

1st - Eagles

2nd - Hawks

3rd - Kestrels

4th - Owls

Congratulations to Hawks, the overall winners for the second year in a row.

Thank you to Mr Barton and Ms Castledine for taking the time to adjudicate the competitions and giving some wonderful feedback to the pupils. 

Pangbourne Piano Festival

As well as this, ten piano pupils visited Pangbourne College on Saturday 2 March to take part in a competition where they had the opportunity to play on a Steinway piano (some of the grandest handcrafted pianos in the world). Congratulations to all the pupils who took part who were commended or highly commended in their respective groups. 

Special recognition must go to Thomas D and Sasha E for outstanding performances, whilst Owen B and Georgia's achievements must be celebrated as they won their respective groups. 

31 March 2017

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