Do you hear the people sing?
This year’s Summer Musical Extravaganza took us on a rousing, toe-tapping journey, gladdening the hearts of all those gathered in the Chapel for one of the musical finales of the Prep School year.
First it was off to a Parisian dance hall as senior orchestra performed a lively, high-kicking ‘Can Can’ (Offenbach, arr. Terry Cathrine). From there to Louisiana and the popular ‘When I’m Gone’ from ‘Pitch Perfect’ sung by Glee Club, complete with rhythmic choreography and, in true Anna Kendrick style, Louise G on ‘cups’!
Flute Group brought us Schumann’s ‘The Wild Horseman’ and Dvorak’s ‘Largo‘. Next, it was off to meet the Muppets with Brass Group who also took us down to the woods with ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ (Bratton/Kennedy). Our award-winning Chamber Music Group came together in their penultimate performance for the Prep with the wonderful ‘Tico Tico’ (Trad., arr. Naulais).
Next we went romping back to the 1960s with Pop Band’s ‘Stand By Me’ (Ben E. King). We stayed in America with singer-songwriter Paul Simon’s ‘Obvious Child’ — a joint venture between Prep and Senior Schools — before Senior Orchestra whisked us off to Jamaica for the ‘Rumba‘ (Trad., arr. Terry Cathrine). The next stage of our journey took us to the African plains under a setting sun with Senior Jazz Band’s ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ from Disney’s ‘The Lion King’. Dragon Drummers treated us to ‘Believer – Imagine Dragons’.
No musical journey is complete without a visit to the circus, right? Junior Choir and the Parent Choir gave us an uplifting performance of ‘This is Me’ from none other than ‘The Greatest Showman’. Finally, we journeyed back in time to Paris during the French Revolution with a medley from the world’s favourite musical, ‘Les Miserables’ with members of Year 8 taking solo roles.
With almost half of the Prep’s children involved, this was a hugely enjoyable concert which encapsulated the spirit of music-making at the Prep. You can listen to excerpts from the concert here.