Early this year we received an invitation to join a few other primary schools’ bands and choirs in a music extravaganza at the David Blake Hall. We were sent sheet music which was to be prepared during our normal practice time, to a level of reasonable competence.
The day of reckoning dawned on 22 February. Parents had rallied around, offering transport to avoid the necessity of using the buses required by sports teams, teachers scurried to get the admin done. As this was our first opportunity to participate, we were a little nervous. Was our level of competence adequate? Were we ready to give a good account of ourselves?
On arrival, our children were shepherded to separate venues, one for choir training under the baton of Mrs Liske Hemingway, and the other for band tutelage, ably administered by Mr Marlon Louis.
The end result was a concert presentation of what the choirs and bands had put together through the afternoon up to that point – and what a display of sheer joy it was! This was a representation of what music can mean in the lives of our children. How blessed we are to have that event in our history. Not only were the children exposed to the wonder of making music corporately, but we teachers were inspired to greater heights of possibility. Parents, this is a concert not to be missed if the opportunity should arise again.
Our grateful thanks to the headmaster and music staff of Victoria Park for extending the invitation, and to the pupils of Victoria Park High School for being older brothers and sisters to our less experienced youngsters. We want to be there again next year!