We were delighted to, once again, host the annual Joint Concert with our local cluster schools, with over 250 children performing over Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 March. Last year’s concert was not able to take place due to COVID-19 restrictions and it was wonderful to welcome local schools and families back into the academy.
Rehearsals took place in the afternoon, and it was clear to see that the children had been practising hard during the weeks in the run up to the concert as the performances were all amazing. It was an exciting opportunity for all and the first chance for many of the children to be on the main stage with full lights and sound. Between rehearsals, children took part in a variety of activities led by academy staff and pupils including Art, Dance, Sport, French and Duke of Edinburgh, and even had time for tea before the performances began at 5.30pm, when family and friends were invited to attend.
On night one Copthorne Infant School, Leys Junior School, Stonebroom Primary School and Shirland Primary School joined pupils from the academy, with each school performing individual musical items, which included Boomwhackers, beautiful contemporary dance, and uplifting songs.
Croft Infant School, South Wingfield Primary School and Woodbridge Junior School took to the stage on night two, and again it was a delight to see a display of such local talent. At the end of each evening, all children from all schools joined on the stage to sing ‘Raise My Voice’, ‘The Rainbow Connection’ and a lovely rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. This year’s rainbow theme was in recognition of the NHS and their fantastic work throughout the pandemic.
All the staff who supported the event were very impressed with the talent and enthusiasm from the local schools and we do look forward to welcoming the children and staff back again next year. Both evenings were absolutely delightful.
A big thank you to Miss Pell and Miss Rennie for their hard work and for putting on this concert for everyone to enjoy, as well as to all the children who performed and made this fantastic event possible.
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