Elstree’s final Autumn Term Music Concerts

Final in the programme of informal music concerts

The programme of informal music concerts came to a climax the week before last, ending with Years 3 and 4.  Here, Head of Music Mrs Westley, shares her thoughts about the enchanting performances and diverse array of talent:

“Now, this was a concert well worth waiting for! Besides seeing our newest musicians perform, many of Years 3 and 4 made their debuts. I was intrigued to see whether lockdown had affected our musical learning, but am pleased to say, it had not.

One Year 4 boy started learning the oboe over the Summer Term, and proudly performed a delightful air. Meanwhile, our new Year 4 girls sang and played a delightful series of solos.  As some are preparing for exams, they tried out their pieces as a performance.  Subsequently, others have just started learning their instrument and were delighted to show off what they have learnt so far.  Our more experienced players who are old hands at performing to their peers (and parents via Teams) were equally triumphant. 

The Year 3 and 4 informal music concert appropriately ended with both year groups showcasing a folksong they had learnt in choir. While several played the recorder, Josh accompanied them on drums. This was a lovely way to round off the day, and we now turn our thoughts to carols for Christmas.”

The Autumn Term Music Concert

This was a concert to remember. The stakes were high, particularly as it was pre-recorded for viewing on Friday evening, but nerves didn’t get the better of our musicians. Every performance  was delivered with aplomb.

It featured a variety of ensembles from our more experienced Elstree and higher-level Year 8 musicians. The programme included seasonal treats including Autumn by Vivaldi played by the orchestra. There was also a jaunty rendition of Jingle Bells by the newly-formed bassoon ensemble. 

Choirs in bubbles sang their hearts out and the string ensembles made a fantastic sound.

Mrs Westley concluded: “The breadth of the timbre of our Year 8 soloist was notable. The concert involved the bassoon, voice, drums, piano, violin and saxophone. Judging the by the numbers of views on our YouTube channel, this was an Autumn Concert to be proud of.”