One knows when an evening is a success when countless parents say afterwards, “Time just flew!” And the reason time went by so quickly is that we were entertained at intervals by our talented pupils who have worked hard to produce music of a high standard, and were thus rewarded with the honour of playing for the audience at our prestigious concert.
Without any introduction, the Senior Choir appeared up front in small groups, each adding to the volume of beautiful sound as they propounded in song the ways in which we can have “A Better World”. The stunning “Panis Angelicus” followed, with the entire choir joining Caitlyn Blouw and Jordan le Roux who sang the first verse on their own. The lively performance of The Kaapse Klopse Keurspel, which, incidentally, will also be sung at the “Sing in Harmonie” Kyknet competition, was much enjoyed by all, as evidenced by the smiling faces of participants and audience alike.
The presentation of awards was lavishly interspersed with entertainment provided by the music department. The talent of our departing Grade Sevens was celebrated as they played solo, duet and ensemble items to good effect. These included Kavir Dullabh, Cardin Human and Caleb Zola on piano; Casey McLean on trumpet; Halle Schrieff, Cardin Human and Amy Bright on clarinet; Luke Brown on French horn; Cadwyn Rautenbach and Andrew Blouw (the winner of our top trophy) on flute; and Bastian Kindness on euphonium. Amy Bright and Cardin Human played a lively piano duet, and Caitlyn Blouw, although not yet a Grade Seven pupil, added her “voice” to a piano duet with Caleb Zola. The flute choir included the two Grade Seven flautists mentioned above and Kayla Schmelzer, Samke Yoyo, Jordan Jenneker and Clare Samuel.
The concert ended with a rousing performance by the wind band under the direction of Mr Reynier Strydom. Spongebob Squarepants and the theme from Pink Panther surely captured the imagination of the children, while the Buglers Holiday featuring a trio of talented trumpeters, and Katchachurian’s Sabre Dance, vibrantly ended the programme.
We extend our congratulations to all the young musicians who won awards on the night, and we thank Mrs Alison Bodley, who is a previous music teacher at Herbert Hurd and a great friend of the school, for her participation as the special guest who kindly presented the awards.