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Primary Robins Summer Concert

Primary Robins Summer Concert – 28 June 2022

At 10 am three coaches arrived bringing one hundred Robins from three Surrey schools – Ottershaw Junior school, The Echelford Primary School and Bisley Primary School.

As we walked passed West Horsley Place there were cries of, ‘Wow! This looks like the house in Ghosts!’ They were all delighted when I confirmed this.

After putting packed lunches and coats in the Crinkle-Crankle garden, next stop was the Lavatorium Rotundum – which resulted in more cries of, ‘Wow! These are fancy!’

 

After a quick health and safety talk from Bernard, we walked on to the stage.

The children could not believe their eyes and they were delighted to be on the set for The Excursions of Mr Broucek.

The rehearsal went well and the children loved singing with the Berkeley Ensemble.

Hearing them all sing together, after not being able to have a concert at the theatre for three years, was wonderful.

 

At 12.15pm it was time for lunch, as the sun came out, to watch them running around and to hear their laughter echoing around the Crinkle-Crankle garden was really uplifting.

 

The concert was fantastic and the Robins’ singing was joyous –  particularly Bare Necessities and Let’s Go Fly a Kite. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was beautiful and they did a brilliant three part rendition of Frére Jaques.

When Ailish Tynan sang O mio babbino caro, it was wonderful to see the children’s faces, they were mesmerised and when Sophie and John played a piece by Milhaud, the children all bobbed along in time to the music.

 

It is a great performance opportunity for the children and I am delighted that so many parents were able to attend.

One mother came up to me after the concert and said how she vividly remembered singing at Primary School and how important it was.

On the way back to the coach one little girl said she was really nervous but when she started singing her nerves just “flew away”, a little boy said this was just the “best day ever”, he had enjoyed every minute of it.

 

Annabel Larard – Primary Robins Project Leader