This week saw the return of the Year 7 Showcases, two musical extravaganzas that bring together the entire cohort to perform within their individual instrumental and vocal groups, and to play together in a mammoth wind band! The audience were treated to a tour of the orchestra, starting with our young percussionists performing pieces from memory at the marimba and the xylophone. As we moved through the brass and woodwind families, the students demonstrated their developing skills on their instruments, bright and warm timbres, fiddley finger-work, and confident performance etiquette. Across the two nights, three young musicians stepped up to the plate to give solo performances: Aarav and Terry each played solos on their bassoons and Arlo took to the stage on the trombone. On Wednesday night, Mr Hann's vocalists punctuated the evening with a performance of three wonderful pieces—if you'd like to hear more from them, please join us for the Wilson's Carol Service at Croydon Minister on Monday 13 December at 7:30pm!
Towards the end of the evening, Mr Lissimore and Mr Cole presented certificates to students nominated by their teachers for having improved the most and for being an outstanding player. Several students were also highly commended. Many of the skills we develop as musicians embody our school motto: non sibi sed omnibus—not for oneself, but for all. Music emphasises listening and teamwork, collaboration and mutual support. What better to demonstrate this than the closing item for the evening: a performance by our 80-strong Year 7 Wind Band! We all rocked out to "Let's Stick Together" and enjoyed memories of the Little Mermaid with an energetic arrangement of "Under the Sea" .
Last week, our Year 8 students came together to celebrate their success in the Trinity music exams. At the end of Year 7, all students are formally assessed, if they so wish by the external awarding body Trinity. Around half of our Year 8 students took up that opportunity last year, which is an impressive number, especially after a complicated teaching year! During our assembly, we heard performances from just some of the students who decided to carry on with their lessons into Year 8. Rohan, Khushil, Joseph, Abhay, Ved, Ethan, Piputhan, Shyamak, Nikhil, Avirat, Jishnu, Arnik, Kirushan, Alex, Michael, Rithesh: well done! We loved hearing you all play!