A surprise finale at the Year 8 informal music concert

The Year 8 informal music concert always has a certain poignancy about it.   Having witnessed our performers grow both musically and in confidence over the years, the  realisation that there won’t be many more opportunities to hear them play before they leave Elstree, now dawns on us.

As Headmaster concluded in his congratulatory speech, all we hope is that our pupils continue their music in to and throughout their next educational chapter.

A diverse programme of musical talent

As we expected, our Year 8 did not disappoint on Friday afternoon. Henry opened the diverse programme of musical talent playing his violin unaccompanied. It was an outstanding performance that started the informal concert on a high.

Three stunning saxophone solos followed, and then, a serene Chopin Nocturne from Rei. The fantastic vocal solos of different genres included a folksong, a sacred anthem and some Ed Sheeran.  And if that wasn’t enough, Alex delivered a quirky bassoon arrangement of Build Me Up Buttercup.

Pedder and the Rexes make their debut at the informal music concert

A surprise finale completed the concert in style. Joined by Gapper Matt, the newly-formed band ‘Pedder and the Rexes’ made their debut, playing a piece composed during their class music lesson.

Well done Year 8 for finding the time in your busy schedule to entertain us!

Music at Elstree

Music is an important part of Elstree life both within and outside the curriculum. Aside from the year group informal concerts,  there are four choirs, and a variety of orchestras and ensembles to perform with. As many as 75 per cent of our pupils learn an instrument, with some learning two.

What is an informal music concert?

Informal concerts at Elstree are held for each year group, every term. Held in the Long Room, they are an opportunity for pupils to play or sing a piece of music they have learnt in front of a small, friendly and supportive audience.  Usually, Parents, Grandparents and friends are invited to come along and hear their child/ren play. However, for the time being, they are treated to the musical performances via Zoom.