After a few months of practising and FOUR! group rehearsals around the county in recent weeks, Year 5 finally travelled to London on Monday 18th March to take part in the Buckinghamshire Music Trust’s concert for primary schools. We set off in the rush hour round the M25 and along the M4 in a buoyant mood, happily spotting landmarks on the way.
We were impressed by the beautiful interior and exterior of the Royal Albert Hall and overcame slight vertigo high up in the stage seating to practise once more with commitment and determination. Our part of the concert was a challenging operatic piece based on the plight of three children in Dhaka, Aleppo and Damascus. Working with Hannah Conway, the composer and conductor of Dare To Dream, was a wonderful opportunity. We were in the hands of a very talented musician and she was nice to us and inspiring at the same time!. With her guidance we mastered the piece and performed it with feeling and emotion. The choreography was challenging too. An amazing and moving performance we were proud to be part of.
We did manage to have some free time and fun in Hyde Park in the afternoon.
Thank you to all the parents who travelled to London to encourage and support us. We think we spotted nearly all of you from the arena.
We returned to school at about 11pm and during our long and busy day we definitely followed the message of our favourite part of the concert –
An-a qa-wi-a, Oua-se-lu’ mash-ya qu-du-man
I am strong I keep walking ahead!