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Gardener School's joint orchestra day

05 April 2018

On a chilly winter’s afternoon in March, some school children performed in an orchestral concert for their parents. The children played beautifully and the parents were very appreciative. So far, it’s not an unusual story. However, the children were from three different schools, they were of different ages and abilities - from beginners to grade 8 - and this was the very first occasion that they had performed together. 

The idea to have a joint orchestra of over 70 players came from Maria Gardener, proprietor and Director of Education across the Gardener Schools Group. She proposed the idea to the heads of music in the three Gardener Schools and enlisted the help of her friend, James Blair the conductor of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. Then it was over to the heads of music to come up with theprogrammeand rehearse our separate orchestras.  

To really show off the talent that is being fostered at the Gardener schools a selection of soloists was also programmed. The range of talent and styles of music presented would have beenthe envy of any school. The truly remarkable feature, however, was the youth of the children involved. 

All of the children had performed in their own school orchestras in the relative comfort and familiarity of their own surroundings to their own parents and peers but on this occasion, they performed with children they had not met before. Most of he children performed in a new environment and they all performed to an audience made up mostly of strangers. To say that this took them out of their comfort zone would be to stray into the realms of understatement. The children rose to the challenge marvelously and this experience is bound to have inspired them. 

I think it would be fair to say that this was the first of many Gardener Schools Orchestra days. what a privilege it was to have been a part of it!

MrEstorninho

 

On Monday, 5thof March, the Kew Green orchestra spent the day at Kew House School, along with the orchestras from RPPS and Kew House. We rehearsed two pieces together. Each school also played one orchestral piece of their own. James Blair, from the YMSO conducted and helped us rehearse; really improving our ability to play as one. At the end of the day we all performed a concert to the parents of everyone in the orchestra across the three schools. Some amazing soloists from all three schools also performed, from guitar to voice, violin to piano they performed with confidence. I particularly liked the performers from Kew Green!

The day was a great success and I am sure that everyone will agree that we have learned a lot from the experience.

Spencer 6G

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