Update: In Concert with the Bach Choir

Update: In Concert with the Bach Choir

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”


Year 4 & 5 In St John’s Smith Square

Founded in 1876, The Bach Choir is recognised as one of the world’s leading choruses, building upon a tradition that combines musical excellence with creativity and innovation. Through their Outreach Project, our Year 4 & 5 children were part of a special concert, along with 7 other primary schools, celebrating the works of Mr Edward Lear; most famous for his nonsense rhymes and the poem, The Owl and the Pussycat.

Titled Mr Lear, Nonsense And Rhyme; the concert was held at St John’s Smith Square, SW1, on the 19th of June 2015. Composed and arranged by Allan Bullard, this was an entertainment based on the nonsense verse of Edward Lear and was conducted by David Hill.

Our children performed admirably under the guidance of our music leader, Mr Derek Carden and the performance opened with each school participating performing a solo routine. The Burdett-Coutts children’s performance of The Pirate Song, complete with actions and counter melodies was very well received by the audience. This was then followed by several ’rounds’ of entertaining musical limericks like Michael Finnegan and The Baby Sardine, where everyone was encouraged to sing along.

After a brief interval, all the schools joined the Bach Choir in songs like Calico Pie, The Owl and the Pussycat and The Yonghy-Bonghy Bo. The performance was interspersed with poignant and heartfelt narration taken in turns by members of the Bach Choir and selected school children. Nawandy Aguiar of Year 5 represented our school and recited her part perfectly.

The concert was a great success and enjoyed by everyone who attended. Many thanks to all the staff who were involved, especially Mr Carden.

Year 6 Choir at The Royal Albert Hall

On Tuesday the 23rd of June 2015, Mr Carden led the Year 6 choir in joining over 1,200 young singers alongside an orchestra made up of professional musicians from Albert’s Band, Aurora Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia, as well as students from the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Bach Choir. Together, they performed the world premier of Seven Seeds, which is the Tri-borough Music Hub’s flagship singing event for the 2014-15 academic year, at the world famous Royal Albert Hall.

Seven Seeds is a newly-commissioned piece of music inspired by the Greek myth Persephone and the Underworld and realised through the collaboration of composer John Barber and writer Hazel Gould. The piece was written with the input of children from across the Tri-borough and the concert also marked three years since the Tri-Borough Music Hub was formed in 2012.

The audience were treated to a majestic and inspiring performance featuring uplifting choruses and stirring solos accompanied by a full orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon. The solo parts were performed by Yvonne Howard (Demeter), Marcus Fransworth (Hades) and Sinead O’Kelly (Persephone), while our children sang the choral parts of the Overworld with other schools.

The children taking part were:

Paris Becker, Fiona Boriqi, Belle Brickell, Hattie Butcher, Vikki Hubenova, Tahira Jean-Pierre, Alfie Johnstone, Pamela Lopez, Natty Mathewos, Reece Mitchell, Kirstie Morgan, Grace Myftari, Zaki Nazir, Catarina Pocas, Michelle Sayed, Joao Sousa, Joao Veloso and Che Zoppola.

Many thanks to all the staff who were involved, especially Mr Carden, Mr Welch and Mr Martin.

The concert has been filmed professionally by the Tri-Borough Music Hub and will be available to watch online free of charge. Further information and a release date will be announced in due course.

 Useful Links:

The Bach Choir – independent musical organisation, founded in 1876.
Tri-Borough Music Hub – providing musical opportunities for young people in the Tri-borough area.
Royal Albert Hall – iconic concert venue in London.