One of the lovely things about music is how it brings people together, whether it is millions of people tuning in to watch The Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, an orchestra or band playing together, or just singing along to the radio on family journeys. The sense of solidarity, and the shared experience and joy of music is uplifting and life-enhancing. And those are exactly the words that spring to mind when thinking of last Monday’s Festival of Piano.
Students from d’Overbroeck’s Years 7-11 were joined by members of the Sixth Form, with every year of the school represented amongst our performers. There was solidarity and a sense of common endeavour amongst the students, and to be in the audience to hear and witness it was to share the joy of the music and to appreciate the individual character that each performer brought to the evening. We had jazz, pop, classical and modern; we even had singing (whilst accompanying herself) from Emma, a world premiere from composer/pianist Ela, and a piece for piano and cello (Elgar’s ‘Salut d’Amour’) from pupil and teacher team Tamir and Sandy.
Well done to all our wonderful performers, and thank you to all of the teachers who helped coach and prepare them so well!
Richard Poyser, Director of Music