Years 2, 3 and 4 took part in the Kettering and District Eisteddfod on Friday 13th March. The Year 2 Choir and Junior Choir competed against other schools in the Hymn Singing and Own Choice classes. We did very well indeed!
Junior Choir (Year 3 and 4) started with their Hymn Singing class and performed Seek Ye First and Lord of the Dance. The comments mentioned such things as ‘a confident opening’, ‘impressive legato’ and ‘excellent diction’. We received a mark of 87 and were placed first against Kettering Park Lower School.
Year 2 followed in the Hymn Singing class with Think of a World and If I were a Butterfly. They scored 88 and the adjudicator was clearly very impressed with their performance. It was a very narrow miss for the Shield for best choir of the entire session, as Kettering Park Upper School Choir (Years 5 and 6) also scored 88 to win it.
After a short break, we returned for the Year 2 Choir to sing in the Own Choice class. They performed Nursery Rhyme Picture Book and Pirates. The comments here were ‘an energised opening’ and ‘this was a lovely performance, communicating with your audience.’ The trio that sang at the beginning of verse 4 (Jacob M, Shonali B and Leo P) were praised: ‘well done soloists.’
Junior Choir then went on stage to sing Can You Hear My Voice? and Generation Gap. These are both tricky songs and the comments praising the ‘balanced harmony section’ and the multiple actions show how well they did. Again, we won, with a mark of 86, against Kettering Park Lower School.
The icing on the cake – as if four firsts wasn’t enough – was for the Year 2 Choir to receive the trophy for overall winner of the Junior Choir classes.
Huge thanks to the parents for getting everyone to school early and for lots of support in the Salvation Army Hall in Kettering. Thanks also to the ever-supportive staff who also went.
Well done to all members of Year 2, 3 and 4!
Mrs Ashwin and Mr Ashwin