Year 2 Choir and Junior Choir (all Year 3 and 4) headed off for Kettering yesterday morning looking spick and span. After an uneventful bus journey we got ourself lined up and headed into the spacious Salvation Army Citadel. Year 2 opened our performances with their open choice songs – ‘Nursery Rhyme Picture Book’ and ‘The Lighthouse’. They sang beautifully (with a duet from Archie and Tobie) and throughly deserved their first place ranking with a distinction mark of 87. Comments included ‘a strong confident sound’ and ‘plenty of character’. It was also very nice to hear another choir of the same age sing and watch them doing the things that we have talked about, such as watching the conductor and showing expression on their faces.
Next up were Junior Choir with their open choice songs – ‘The Last Dinosaur’ and ‘Amani Utupe’. I was delighted with the way that they put in place all the dynamics (louds and softs) and endings of words that we had worked on in rehearsals – all you can ever ask is that a choir does its best, and Junior Choir really did! Comments included ‘clarity and humour’ and ‘fine singing’ and it was noted that it was ‘much enjoyed by everyone in the room’. A mark of 89 was wonderful and with no other choirs in that class we were awarded first place.
Then it was Year 2’s turn for the hymn singing. The set hymn was ‘I listen and I listen’ and we chose to perform ‘Break Out’ as our own choice of hymn. In the first hymn, we were lucky to have two pairs of duets, William L and Kenshi for verse 1 and Imran and Clara for verse 4. The choir sang the other verses very beautifully and ‘showed careful listening and clearly pronounced words’. ‘Break Out’ was more lively and ‘the bold sounds of the chorus were great fun’. A mark of 87 was awarded and we we took first place with no other choirs in the class.
The final performance was Junior Choir with their hymns. We opened with our own choice of hymn ‘All Creatures of Our God and King’ featuring Tilly, Sophia and Alice in verse 2 and Jack, Theo and Charles in verse 3. The choir sang this hymn very well and managed the leaps in pitch and the tricky words. I was very proud of the comment that mentioned the ‘Alleluia refrains were well blended with beautiful vowel sounds’. The set hymn ‘He gave me eyes so I could see’ was more upbeat, but tricky with the ever-changing text. The choir demonstrated great ability to learn and deliver the words clearly and with style. Comments noted that the choir has a ‘great team spirit’ and a ‘sense of pride’. With another superb mark of 88, I was certainly very proud of everyone. We took the Rosemary Leonard Shield home and that will sit proudly on display at school.
Not only did our choirs sing beautifully, they also listened very well to the other choirs and they really were a credit to the school. Many thanks to the parents who came along to support us – it really makes a difference to the children. I would like to thank the other teachers who came along and made sure all the key things like biscuits and toilet breaks happened!