The past 10 days we have seen two performances by our students from across the school, showcasing a range of musical talent:
Thursday 13 June was the occasion of the Music Scholars and Ambassadors Concert.
A Scholar is defined as, “a specialist in a particular branch of study, especially the humanities”, and an Ambassador as, “a representative or promoter of a specified activity”.
Even without most of our Year 11’s (they still had Physics GCSE to go), and with all of the Year 13’s readying themselves for their A level Music exam the next day, d’Overbroeck’s could still muster a really impressive array of talent for this concert. From our new recruits in Year 7, who played with incredible confidence, poise and control, to our more seasoned pros in Year 12, the Scholars and Ambassadors are certainly a force to be reckoned with.
One of the lovely things about hearing them all play and sing is the musical variety that they represent. We heard drums, brass, woodwind, strings, piano, guitar, and singing – that’s all four of the instrumental families – and then there was the wide range of style and genres on the programme. These performers are by no means the only musical talent at d’Overbroeck’s- in fact I would say that it is a school particularly rich in musical and artistic creativity- but they do help form the kernel of talent that drives our ensembles and helps draw other students into the our musical activities. It is this that makes them all ambassadors, and for this I and the Music Department are truly grateful. Though they are not all Scholars with a capital S they are all scholars too – specialists in their particular branch of (instrumental) study- and the fact that we have them all with us for a little while longer is very, very exciting!
Years 7-11 Summer Concert
Variety, freshness, enthusiasm, talent, confidence, dynamism, energy, sensitivity. No, it’s not a summary of the Tory party leadership hopefuls’ best attributes but a cut-down, page-isn’t-big-enough list of strengths that the 7-11 students brought to the Summer Concert on Tuesday. The first half was a largely acoustic set. The Orchestra pounded out Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 8; we heard a Purcell vocal duet, piano solos, flute and horn solos, the Flute Group and the Wind Ensemble, and a Year 7 band; and we went dancing into the interval (prosecco- yum!) with the choir’s all-singing, all-dancing performance of ‘Give up the Funk’. The second half saw our students slip into a different gear: African drumming from Year 7 was followed by a Year 9 group performing a Bowie classic; we were served up piping hot Music Theatre from Year 7 and a lovely version of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ from Year 7 and 8; we were treated to some gorgeous vocal solos, a wonderful A Capella rendition of ‘Stand By Me’ and were sent home with a dazzling performance ‘Voodoo Child’ still ringing in our ears! Two of our Year 11 GCSE compositions were also on the programme (following on from performances of compositions in last term’s concert)- a fitting tribute to the standard our students have reached in their compositional coursework and a way of sharing their work with parents and students alike.
Ensemble performances are becoming a stand-out feature of our school concerts and music-making. It’s clear that we are not only lucky to have some wonderful students at d’Overbroeck’s, we also enjoy real talent and energy in our Music Staff. Thank you so much Lianne and Rachel for all that you both did to harness our students’ talents and help produce a truly memorable evening’s entertainment!
Richard Poyser – Director of Music