Years 5 and 6 went to the Royal Albert Hall last Friday for the 'Classical Spectacular'. They travelled by public transport and, on arrival, had lunch outside the Royal Albert Hall in warm sunshine, something of a contrast to the grey skies that accompanied the eclipse earlier!
The concert opened with a dramatic rendition of Prokofiev's 'Dance of the Knights'. The pace then lightened with 'The Entrance of the Gladiators', by John Sousa. It was great to see the children clapping along to the march. The conductor, John Rigby, then introduced the world-reknowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who were accompanied by the Band of The Royal Logistic Corps.
A rousing rendition of Dvorak's 'Slavonic Dance' followed. Then the aria from Verdi's opera, 'La Traviata'. Brindisi ('The Drinking Song') was a joy, sung by tenor James Edwards and soprano Sarah Redgwick.
We stayed in the world of opera with a piece from 'The Tales of Hoffmann', by Offenbach - 'Bacarolle', an orchestral piece - which was followed by a piece from Wagner's 'Lohengrin' with full orchestra.
Elena Glurdjidze, prima ballerina with the English National Ballet, performed 'The Dying Swan' from Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake', leading to a glorious finale with can can dancers, thunderous cannons, fireworks and lasers accompanying 'Land of Hope and Glory', 'Jerusalem', 'Rule Britannia' and the '1812 Overture' - a rousing end to a truly 'spectacular' show.
Many thanks to the class teachers, teaching assistants and parents who volunteered for making this event possible - and to Sally Saunders, Deputy Head, for arranging it all.