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Shining Stars at Showcase

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Week 8, Term Two, 2019

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How wonderful it is to hear our students expressing themselves through performance in music and drama! Last Tuesday 4 June, students from years Pre-Prep to Year 6 came together to perform for the Somerset Community at the Junior School Showcase.

This semester’s programme featured performances by a number of soloists and small ensembles, as well as our larger ensembles: Junior Concert Band, Suzuki Strings, Junior String Orchestra 1, Junior String Orchestra 2, Cool Cats Choir, Melodic Myna’s, Junior Chorale, Percussion Club and Recorder Ensemble. The repertoire varied from traditional and classic pieces such as Mozart’s, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Frere Jacques, This Old Man and Tchaikovsky’s Old French Song, to modern music by Queen, ABBA, music from the musical, Les Miserables and even a bit of Star Wars!

This term featured solo/duo performances from many students. They were so confident to perform for such a large crowd: * Lachlan Ong – Speech and Drama (Year 5)
* Shari Williams – Voice (Year 4)
* Annika Lim – Piano (Year 3)
* Oscar Credland-Ballantyne – Piano (Year 4)
* Nicole Yuan – Flute (Year 5)
* Joshua Amores – Piano (Year 5)
* Elsa Salehi – Piano (Year 5)
* Ariana Hannaford – Clarinet (Year 6)
* Daisy Webber – Alto Saxophone (Year 6)
* Hana Chandler – Violin (Year 6)
* Ava Henson – Voice (Year 6)
* Sania Gill – Speech and Drama (Year 6)
* Philip He – Piano (Year 4)
* Alexandra Baumfield – Piano (Year 3)
* Miranda Shum – Piano (Year 2)
* Carolyn Goldie – Piano (Year 2)

Congratulations to all who performed. It’s a lot of fun to perform in front of people, but it’s particularly rewarding when it is for friends and family. I am very proud of all the students who worked so hard in preparation for the evening.

We are so lucky to have such wonderful teachers and tutors who lead our ensembles. Thank you to Mr Pearce (Percussion Club), Mrs Moffatt (JSO1 and JSO2), Mrs Black (Cool Cats, Melodic Myna’s and Junior Chorale), Mrs Little (Recorder Ensemble), Mr Mitchell (Suzuki Strings), Mrs Rowe (Junior Concert Band) and Mrs Roberts (Accompanist for the evening), as well as our wonderful peripatetic tutors who help us to sound and look so good! A special thank you to Mr Bassingthwaithe, Mrs Collie, Mrs Millican and Mr Zernike for their support, and to Mr and Mrs Chirathivat-Geralds for capturing the best moments in film.

We will have another Junior School Showcase event later in the year. If your child is learning an instrument through the College, and would like the opportunity to be nominated for this performance, please speak to their peripatetic tutor.

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