Just before Lent half term the Prep School held their annual Festival of Music. A selection of musicians, including winners from the House Music Competition, performed to a packed Centenary Hall.

The concert opened with the DCPS orchestra playing Fanfare and Flourishes, followed by an uplifting performance of My Favourite Things. Other wonderful ensemble performances included The Fairy Dance by the Clarinet and Flute ensemble, Over the Rainbow by Senior Strings and Three Musicians by the Saxophone trio.

Not to be outdone by their fellow musicians the choral performances were of anequally high standard. Schola performed the well-known The Ship of Rio demonstrating their beautiful harmonies, Chamber Choir sang Standing in the need of Prayer and the very pretty The Lily and the Rose and Junior Choir did extremely well to sit quietly with their real toot sweets whilst waiting to perform the musical favourite from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

There were outstanding solo performances from Talia Recine, who expertly played The Boy Paganini on the violin, Molly Godfrey playing Malaguena on the piano and Alistair Klemz performing the familiar Raiders March from Star Wars. A special mention must go to Michael Lei who left the audience speechless with his 3rd Movement of Pathétique Sonata by Beethoven and Chloe’s faultless performance of Concerto in G – 1st Movement by J Haydn.

The hall was completely still and silent during Niamh’s emotional performance of I dreamed a dream from Les Miserables; there was not a dry eye in the house when she had finished.

Finally, Swing Band swept in at the end to lift the mood with two energetic, toe tapping performances including Freeze, composed by our very own Mr McVittie and Tequila.

“An outstanding evening,” said Director of Music, Mr McVittie. “From the endearing Toot Sweets by Junior Choir to our accomplished Music Scholars the audience were thoroughly, wowed, moved and entertained. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.”