Year 6 Informal Concert

When Mr Inglis released from lunch any Year 6 boys who wanted to listen to their friends perform in the Year 6 Informal Concert, nearly all the remaining Year 6 boys went. When he released any other boys who wanted to attend, there was another exodus from the Dining Room – clearly the boys knew that there were some treats in store.

And they weren’t wrong. Year 6 are clearly a very musical bunch. Tom blew away any possibility of a post-prandial doze with a spirited rendition of Charpentier’s ‘Prelude’ and then Johnny rocked us back to the 1950s with his playing on the drums of ‘Rock Around the Clock’. William caught the awkward mood of the ‘Clowns’ with his playing on the piano that was rhythmically precise, but also had contrasting moods; clowns have such spilt personalities, and this came across in William’s expressive playing. Ben caught the ballad-like mood of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’; it’s hard to sing a really popular song that all your contemporaries know, but Ben pulled it off with aplomb.

Then we had his first public French Horn performance from Rupert, playing ‘Somewhere In My Memory’; he has already managed to produce that lovely tone which is unique to the French Horn. It’s often argued by French Horn-players that it’s the hardest instrument to play in the orchestra, but Rupert played with such confidence, and is clearly in control.

For those of us who are old enough, it was then back to the 1970s and ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, such was the resonance of JJ’s playing of the ‘Inter-Galactic March’ on the bassoon. Freddie then played ‘Fiddle-time’ on the violin, with accurate tuning, and the beginnings of vibrato on the higher notes. Carlo concluded the concert by playing ‘Overrated’ on the drums and ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ on the electric guitar – if he sings as well, then he can almost form his own rock group! It’s great to see boys playing songs by bands from the 1960s such as ‘Cream’, and enjoying the music of the golden age of rock’n’roll.

However, you may have noticed that I have omitted one item. This is because it was such an exceptional performance that it deserves a paragraph of its own. Mack sang ‘Let Her Go’ by ‘Passenger’ while he accompanied himself on the guitar. To do one of these things as well as he did is super, but to do both at the same time is stunning. 

And he even sounded like Michael Rosenberg.

And the audience were transfixed; clearly word had got out that this was on the programme, which explains the large crowd of boys who wanted to listen. Mack sang and played with no display of nerves, and he is clearly one-to-watch, and one-to-listen-to.

Mr Inglis thanked the boys and Mrs Westley for such a great Informal Concert, and reminded the boys of how much they have progressed since they first performed in public as Year 4s. What a talented cohort they are.