A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all at our first Soirée of the academic year. Once again, performers felt supported and comforted by our audience and we thank them for always creating this encouraging atmosphere for our pupils.

We had performances on the piano, voice, clarinet and flute from pupils in Year 2 up to Year 8. It was very exciting to see many new performers, confidently delivering their first recital, likewise it was wonderful to see our older performers really leading the way with their experience. It takes a lot of hard work and courage to perform in front of an audience.

On Monday, pupils truly demonstrated their determination. Some pupils were celebrating their successes by performing pieces from their previous examinations and some were using this as an opportunity to perform whilst experiencing nerves, in preparation for upcoming examinations. When Freddy E had finished performing he then shared “I really want to perform again in the next Soirée,” showing that his performing experience was certainly a very positive one! Emilia P was waiting all day with excitement for the Soirée saying “I am so excited for tonight!” It is always so wonderful when pupils gain so much from their performing opportunities.

Such a fun evening. Thank you to everyone involved!

Magna Voce ‘Come and Sing’ Event.

Members of Magna Voce worked extremely hard singing all seven movements of Fauré’s Requiem, in Latin, with Keswick Hall Choir, at St Georges Roman Catholic Church in Norwich.
Pupils spent two hours rehearsing, under the baton of Musical Director Chris Duarte. Time was spent learning Latin words and pupils were given direction on how to pronounce vowels and certain consonants. This gave pupils the opportunity to really work their phonetic skills since the Latin words were broken up into syllables, against the notation. Members of the choir were exposed to a four-part score (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass), and organ part too. All developed the ability to follow music, reading and following one line, understanding when and where lines should be missed. They all respected the conductor, followed his direction and were able to experience singing with very able and experienced singers.
After enjoying plenty of cake, their hard work was appreciated by all in their final performance to an audience. Pupils felt pleased with their efforts. All should be very proud as it takes a lot of focus and diligence to perform seven movements without any breaks!
All enjoyed the experience and felt inspired. Lily I (Year 4) said “I enjoyed it and it has made me appreciate Magna Voce even more,” and Isobel W (Year 4) shared “It made me want to do singing a lot more than I already do!”
The experience of singing with such a large choir and reaching out into the community, is not only one that can be used to support further learning within music but it is also an experience to be proud of and treasured in their memories.
Well done to all involved!