It was so wonderful to hear all the Year 3 boys performing in their Strings Scheme ‘Wombat Stew’ Extravaganza Concert yesterday, Wednesday 27 June. It was a really lovely event. The Concert began with a very special performance by our first ever Year 3 String Quartet, with Taylor Lai, Kaito Jane, Alec Hall and Jonah Norris, playing French Folk Tune by Sheila Nelson. Then began the Strings Scheme performance.
All 50 boys in Year 3 took part in the scheme. Most of the boys only started playing their chosen stringed instrument, either violin, viola, cello or bass, in September. They have been working all year on a mini-music drama called, ‘Wombat Stew’, and every boy played in at least nine pieces, with group solo items for each instrument. The violins and violas played ‘Feathers’, the cellos played ‘Flies’, the double basses played ‘Blop blop’, and the advanced group, our string quartet boys, played ‘The Spider’, all to illustrate sections of the story. And narrating the story for the entire drama was our very own Peter Jolly, Head of Drama, who was totally brilliant and brought the whole story vividly to life.
A very special thank you to our team of string teachers who work with the boys each week, Miss Beatrice Leadbetter (violin), Mr Dan Manente (viola), Mr Miguel Calvo (cello) and Miss Frances Emery (double bass). They are all such wonderful teachers, and they make the project, which is our Year 3 Strings Scheme, possible. They all accompanied the boys throughout the concert on their stringed instrument, and it was so nice to hear the boys playing alongside their teachers in this way.
The concert was extremely well attended and we had some 65 parents come to hear the show. Congratulations to all the boys on their hard work and fantastic achievements this year in their Strings Scheme lessons and in their final concert.
Miss Lesley Larkum, Head of Strings