This year is Pre-Prep’s 10th anniversary since its first informal concert, over the last 10 years pupils have performed at over 60 informal concerts. To mark this very important occasion Pre-Prep wanted a special concert that was a little different, celebrating with a very varied programme.
Squirrel Strings opened the concert by playing their medley of songs from the ‘Sound of Music’, these were pieces they had prepared for their Cheltenham festival performance. Whilst playing they wowed the audience with their enthusiasm and their great moves and actions. The Singing Squirrels also performed their festival songs singing, ‘Playing on the Beach’ and ‘When will we learn’ – and also had some fantastic actions to share with the audience which enhanced their singing. They sang beautifully, the second piece was especially moving.
Everyone was then delighted to watch the Pre-Prep children who had performed in the whole school concert – A Celebration of Music. There was a cello duet from Annie Schmidt-Martin and Alice Wilson, and a piano solo from Emily Takada.
Finally, it was especially exciting to finish with a flourish, welcoming back some past Pre-Prep pupils, Cassian Pichler-Roca and Michael Lei, to play for us and provide inspiration for our current pupils. Both pupils brought video clips of their performances in Pre-Prep for all to enjoy before seeing how much progress they have made since leaving us and joining the Prep School! Cassian, who is currently BBC Chorister of the Year, sang a beautiful solo which was greatly enjoyed, and Michael, who has now taken both his piano and violin diplomas, played the piano.
This was a super occasion with parents and Pre-Prep friends coming to support; the children performed with great confidence and enjoyment and I am sure that many of our little Squirrels will take inspiration from the Prep School performers and practise even harder!
We have loved the last 10 years of sharing the Pre-Prep’s amazing music-making and look forward to many more concerts to come! Many congratulations to all the performers and special thanks to the Carducci Quartet and our wonderful music teachers who work so hard to make this possible.