ST. STEPHEN’S IN FINE VOICE AT SINGING FESTIVAL March 20th & 21st 2018
On March 20th & 21st, it was the Richmond Music Trust Singing Festival at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. More than 1000 primary school children from more than 40 schools took part over the course of the festival. St. Stephen’s sang our part of the concert with 13 school groups on Wednesday afternoon, rounding off the day as the final ‘act’.
All the schools sang together for selected songs and others were performed by a choir made up of two school groups. The groups songs were: On the Road (Keane); Am I Wrong (Nico & Vinz); and Something Wild (from the film Pete’s Dragon).
The 34 St Stephen’s children were joined on stage by a similar number from St Mary’s Twickenham to form a choir that performed Go the Distance (from Disney film Hercules) and We Know the Way (from the film Moana), before the finale with all the schools – Never Give Up (from the film Lion).
It was a varied programme. Songs performed by the other schools included: California Dreamin’ (Mamas and Papas); Going Underground (The Jam); The 59th Street Bridge Song-Feelin’ Groovy (Simon and Garfunkel); and, of course given the theme (below), We Are Off to See the Wizard. RMT Primary Singing Festival is annual event and has been going since 2000.
This year’s theme was “Are we Nearly There Yet?”
Mrs Young put in some tremendous hard work with the choir in the lead up to the concert. They were led on the day by Mr Munn and Miss Cooper.
RAISING THE ROOF AT THE O2 February 2018
On Monday last week, 36 of the most tuneful St Stephen’s pupils from Years 2 to 5, joined more than 7500 children at the O2 Arena to form the Young Voices 2018 Choir. For the past 20 years, Young Voices has staged the largest children's choir concerts in the world. Over 2 million children have taken part in a Young Voices concert and the aim is to inspire a love of music and create memories for the children that will last a lifetime.
The theme of the evening was POSITIVE SELF IMAGE and this was reflected in the repertoire of songs that were chosen for the event, which included I Love My Life and I Am Extraordinary. There were special songs written specifically for the concert, but the children also embraced more universally known hits from living legends such as Stevie Wonder and Toto, to modern masters including Ed Sheeran and Robbie Williams. Without doubt the most popular and catchy performance of the evening (and one that is probably still going round inside the heads of the Choir and audience) was the medley of classic cartoon theme songs, which included Pink Panther, DangerMouse and Inspector Gadget!
By providing a diverse range of musical styles children will learn, enjoy, and gain a fuller understanding of music and what it means to sing together. Many thanks to Mrs Young – much lauded director, producer & voice coach – who accompanied the children – also to chaperones Mr Munn, Miss Cooper, Jen Halliwell and Marian Sheil Tankard, all resplendent in their Young Voices t-shirts!