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Boys' School Middle School Music Evening

August 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

There are currently over 100 boys in Years 4-6 taking advantage of the itinerant music programme at the Boys’ School and last night the most talented of these young musicians steeled their nerves to step into the spotlight and play, what was for some, their first public concert. And what a concert it was! Playing as soloists, part of an ensemble or singing in the choir, the large audience of parents, siblings and friends were amazed at the degree of accomplishment from our youngest musicians!

In welcoming the parents, Director of Music, Mrs Janet Grierson acknowledged that it might not always be easy to encourage sons to practise but it is her hope that in taking up an instrument, the boys will develop a life-long love of music and gain a sense of sheer enjoyment from playing.

Opening with the recorder consort, often the first instrument of choice, we went on to hear solos on the piano, trumpet, violin, guitar, and duet and ensemble play from the flutes.

The Saint Kentigern Singers is a non-auditioned choir for boys who simply love to sing. They opened with ‘It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing’ featuring Ivan Ivanov on trumpet. ‘Who will buy?’ from the musical, Oliver was a gentle, lyrical piece. Their final offering was enjoyed by all as the high, clear voice of Jimmy Kemble took the solo spot in the funny song, ‘I swallowed a bee.’

The evening concluded with our biggest ensemble group, The Symphonic Orchestra; a mix of Middle and Senior School students. They performed ‘Swan Lake,’ ‘Chariots of Fire’ and Handel’s ‘March’ featuring the diminutive Kelvin Zang from Year 5 taking the role of concert pianist on the grand piano!

Principal, Mr Peter Cassie spoke with a degree of pride at the end of the concert. He said that the Boys’ School is very fortunate to have staff with a passion for music committed to developing the talents of the boys. Like so many adults, he rued the day he didn’t keep up his practise as a teenager and put his instrument aside. Like Mrs Grierson, he hopes that the boys who played last night, along with those who are just learning, discover a joy of music for life.

A date for your diary:
Music Extravaganza featuring Senior School Musicians
Monday 22 September, 7pm
JC Chalmers Hall

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