Last night, Thursday 8th March, 126 children from Longfleet held a special evening concert at Saint Mary’s Longfleet. The concert featured 126 children performing on 11 different instruments including guitars, violins, cellos, cornets, trumpets, trombones, clarinets, recorders, keyboards, pianos and drum kit.
The young musicians had spent months practising at home and preparing with their peripatetic music teachers and Miss Wright. For many of the children it was their very first time performing in a concert but you never would have known it because they were so calm under pressure. Louis, one of our Year 6 drummers, summed up the feeling of nerves when he said “The hardest thing about it was just getting up there in front of all those people!” The largest single instrument group were the guitars – 36 children in total. The orchestra, made up of 47 children, opened the concert with Latin Lullaby and Dan The Man and closed it with a rousing performance of ‘Firework’. All the music was of a very high standard, the children were smartly dressed & beautifully behaved and the bows were full of pride.
We were so lucky to be able to hold the concert at the beautiful Saint Mary’s Longfleet with Matt Molyneux helping out with the sound and visual display, Justin there to look after us and the PTA providing tea and coffee in the interval. Our audience were wonderful: you could have heard a pin drop during the performances and the applause was rapturous. Mr Helm was a very entertaining compere and it turns out he has a new favourite word: ‘clarinettist’!
Each and every group of performers was outstanding so it would be impossible to list highlights but everyone will hold onto their own special memories of the night. Here are a few photographs that show the array of talent on display. There are many more photographs to upload and they will follow shortly. Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in the event.