On Tuesday 9 July, 86 primary school children joined us for our annual Maidstone Primary Orchestra and Choir Day. This year we were very kindly hosted by Maidstone Grammar School, and the day was a huge success! Children from Boughton Monchelsea Primary School and Roseacre Junior School spent the day rehearsing under the guidance of Musical Director, Ross Power, and Animateur, Rebecca Baxter, before performing to parents and friends in the afternoon.
The day brought together singers and instrumentalists covering all orchestral families, and clearly demonstrated the dedication of both the students and staff in their preparations over the last couple of months. The concert covered a range of musical styles, with selected pieces from the BBC Ten Pieces repertoire as well as original compositions and arrangements by Ross. The highlights of the performance included a performance of Orff’s O Fortuna (with the children singing in Latin!), and an exciting rendition of Europe’s The Final Countdown as the finale!
In addition to the primary school students, we also had a team of Kent Music staff who supported the students throughout the day, as well as five volunteer students from Maidstone Grammar School who worked with the younger pupils, provided amazing sound and lighting, and demonstrated their own musical talents.
A parent from Roseacre Junior School had this to say about the concert: We would both like to thank you, all the other staff (the enthusiasm of the conductor was so inspiring and infectious) and all the brilliant children for a marvellous concert at the Boys’ Grammar this afternoon! The choice of music, the lighting and the way it was performed by such youngsters was totally enthralling. It is the best school performance we have seen. We did not want it to end! Once again thank you and sincerest congratulations for all your hard work and effort.
The entire day was thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring for the primary school children, but wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work from Ross and Rebecca, the primary school teachers and volunteers who helped throughout the day.
Thank you again to everyone who attended the concert and supported our young musicians. We look forward to seeing many of them in future Kent Music events!