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Year 5 perform at a lunch time recital in Beaconsfield


Year Five girls performed recently at the Lunchtime Recital at the United Reformed Church, Beaconsfield. This event was part of a series of lunchtime concerts organised by Mrs Elaine Tudor-Williams (one of High March’s visiting singing teachers).

The Intermediate High March Voices started the concert, immediately captivating the audience with an exciting and stylish performance of the traditional spiritual, ‘Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel,’ arranged for two-part choir by Roger Emerson. This was followed by a delightfully rhythmic and energetic performance of the Swahili song,‘Amani (Peace)’, arranged by Audrey Snyder. This was a challenging two-part arrangement requiring both accurate pitching and a variety of vocal sound effects, but the girls more than rose to the occasion, singing with wonderful clarity and equally impressive vocal range, with special mention to Ophelia-Rose, Alice, Ivy and Maia for their accomplished call and response solos in the central section of the song.

The audience was then treated to some delightful vocal and instrumental solo performances from Sienna E (Voice), Jasmin (Cello), Darcy (Voice), Myra (Voice), Zoe (Violin), and Pippa (Voice). The solos had all been exceptionally well prepared with the girls performing with confidence and maturity as well as abundant musicality.

The Intermediate High March Voices then regrouped to give an enthralling finale to the concert, beginning with the wonderfully atmospheric and delicate song; Snow On Snow, composed by Andy Beck. This was sung with strong feeling and wonderfully cohesive ensemble awareness. The final song to be performed was the delightfully humorous Czech folk song, ‘Stodola Pumpa’, arranged by Mark Weston. They performed with real gusto and enthusiasm to a clearly very appreciative audience and the soaring descant and accelerando brought a particularly exciting finale to the concert!

Particular thanks go to Mrs Elaine Tudor-Williams for her hard work organising the concert, and also to Mr Andrew Melvin for his wonderful piano accompanying.

Well done to all girls in Year Five.


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