The Spring Term was a musical feast as pupils throughout the school were involved with a range of wonderful performances.
Workshops, masterclasses, musicals and competition were all on the menu over the term as we welcomed musicians to the school, including Remi Harris who gave an excellent gypsy guitar masterclass and London Mozart Players who met pupils in both the Junior School and Senior School before a beautiful evening performance in the Cathedral.
The hotly contested House Music Competition, held at St Thomas’ Cathedral, was a highlight of the term in the Senior School. An incredible array of talent was on display with fifteen musicians performing a diverse range of pieces from Chopin, to Joplin. The judging was almost impossible such was the consistency and high level of technical ability from all competitors. In the Upper School, Corin Nelson-Smith’s highly entertaining xylophone solo won the day for Whitcombe, whilst in the Sixth Form, Lydia Carter (Whitcombe) beat off some intense competition to secure the top spot, playing the highly technical 3rd Movement of the Sonata for Oboe by Gregson.
The finale of the evening put a smile on everyone’s face with the House Large Ensembles. Whitcombe started with their ABBA Medley, who were followed by Spice Up Your Life by Smith House’s own Spice Girls. Next, Latter House performed their version of Cohen’s Hallelujah which preceded the closing act of the night, the Grant House Disney Ensemble. For sheer entertainment value, Spice Up Your Life came out on top. The final results of the competition were 1st Grant / Barton; 2nd Latter / Eastwood; 3rd Smith / Hawkey; 4th Whitcombe / Summers.
A huge thank you must go to all those who helped put together a tremendous evening of musical mastery demonstrating just what PGS musicians are capable of, and of course, a big thank you to all the pupils for their considerable efforts in rehearsing and performing so many impressive performances.
Meanwhile Year 5 pulled out all the stops in the Junior School with their production of Time Lord. In slightly complicated time-line-skipping plot, two children uncovered a game which was actually the time ship of the Time Lord, Emit. From there on, it was a race through history to stop the evil Dinopods and their Slimey Sireness, Rex from conquering the Earth… It was performed with a huge amount of enthusiasm and congratulations to everyone that were involved in putting on such a fantastic show.