SMSG Choir & Orchestra

SMSG Choir & Orchestra

This month's TT@TT on 16 June was full of exuberance and smiles...Queen Eleanor Primary School and St Mary and St Giles Junior School brought a total of 75 children to entertain us and they did a splendid job.

We were treated to SMSG Orchestra playing 'O Sacred Head Sore Wounded' by JS Bach and the Mexican Clapping Song.  They were then joined by SMSG Choir who sang along to a joint version of 'Michael Row the Boat Ashore'.   'Boomwhacker Bagatelle' was a collaboration between the Orchestra and Queen Eleanor's Boomwhacker players.  This was a new venture and one all the children enjoyed.

Boomwhackers

Boomwhackers

The Boomwhacker Club then played 'Frere Jacques' and 'God save the Queen' and gained much applause from an audience who were hearing them for the first time.

Both schools' choirs sang with such enthusiasm that they were both a joy to watch as well as to hear.  In particular, 'Those magnificent men in their flying machines' was a favourite with its actions for SMSG.

Singing in four parts, Queen Eleanor Choir showed great concentration and produced an amazing sound with their warm up ABC song.

The SMSG school Choir

The SMSG school Choir

We would have loved to have heard more, but to finish, the Boomwhacker group reprised The National Anthem, with a surprise organ accompaniment by Jacob Collins.  All the children and audience stood to sing along.

The children were a credit to their schools and families and we look forward to have them come to perform in the future.  Thank you to their teachers for preparing them to share their joy of music at a Lunchtime Concert. Everyone left with a smile on their face!

The Clarinet Player

The Clarinet Player

Comments included:

"Such well behaved children"

"Excellent singing"

"I’ve never heard of Boomwhackers before!"  (said many times over)

"Really enjoyed seeing the children delight in performing"

"So lovely to hear part singing"

Thank you to all the volunteers who served refreshments.  Donations of £28.12 will go to the organ fund.

Words by Lesley Salter, photos by Richard Hearne