St Mary and St Giles School has been bringing our school children to the lunchtime concerts since the series started in September 2014, because we put the opportunity to hear live music high on our list of priorities of educational experiences and it is fun! Sometimes the children come to perform, sometimes just to listen. Unless they are performing as part of the School Choir, Handbell Team or Orchestra, they have a free choice whether or not they attend. The only requisites are that they bring a coat, a packed lunch and meet in the Music Room at 12.10pm to walk down to church together in time for the start of the concert. This month 12 children were waiting for me to accompany them!
SMSG Church Band played a variety of music from Bach to The Beatles, hymns to Adele, a scouting song to the Eurovision Song Contest. The children's comments afterwards tell the story of the lunchtime...
"I wanted to go because I like listening to music and I wanted to get out of school. I liked the refreshments – they’re always good."
"I wanted to have a change of setting for my lunch, it’s nicer eating there than in the dining hall, and I liked it when they played “Waterloo” because it’s from a movie I like called ‘Mama Mia’. I like to listen to real music and I liked the fact that we got to sing along with some of the songs. I liked joining in and Waterloo was great."
"I just wanted to get out of school and relax, it’s easy to eat your lunch there and you don’t have to talk to anyone because they are all listening to the music. I went because I wanted to see the musical instruments. I liked the guitar the best, its my favourite. I don’t play the guitar, but I have a ukulele at home, but the guitarist was very good. "
"I like listening to the music and I don’t have anyone to play with on the playground so the music was great fun. It’s quiet and peaceful in the church, but it's noisy in the dining hall.
I like listening to the music and I like a relaxed music lunchtime. I have been to lunchtime concerts before and they are all different. Do you remember that one with the piano and the ‘cello? That was good too. I like the brass instruments."
"My favourite instrument is the piano and my favourite person is Mr King because he plays good music. He played a piece on the piano which was my favourite out of the whole concert but I can’t remember what it was called. (The Well Tempered Klavier) My favourite instrument was the ‘cello. Oh, and I liked the singing."
"It was a bit cold in the church but I suppose it is winter – it will be warmer the next time we go!"
£74.15 was donated for the Organ Restoration at the lunchtime concert on 21 January 2016.
By Kieran Salter and some pupils from St Mary and St Giles Church of England Junior School.
Photos by Richard Hearne