Music has been at the forefront for us all this week. Today we have had every girl in the school involved in a recording day and, thanks to the generosity of SPA, every girl will receive a CD as a ‘birthday present’ next term as Stormont celebrates its 75th year. Next term we will be showcasing the musical talents of individual pupils and groups during the anniversary celebrations in June, when we will also be inviting back SOGs of all ages to join us; we hope that you will all come along to help us celebrate too.
The concert yesterday evening was a delight, and to have every girl involved – in the orchestra, the string group, the Uke-ladies, the individual performers, Stormont Singers, and the massed voices of Upper School – made it a real team performance. The quality of the playing and singing and the variety of items on the menu made it a real feast. Thanks go to all of the staff who helped with logistics, to the music department (and especially Gillian Poth, Kirsta Johnson and Andrew Martin) for their hard work and hands-on involvement, and finally to Harriet Riley for, once again, pulling a particularly impressive musical rabbit out of the hat. In the words of one parent who felt moved to write in:
‘Thank you so much for a lovely evening last night. All the performances were so enjoyable and the girl who has only had 9 lessons on the cello was a star.
My mum came with us and was equally impressed and what struck her was how happy all the girls were. When we see Stormont every day we can sometimes forget this as to us it is so normal.
We were all humming along to the various tunes we knew on the way home and my girls tell me how fun you make music at school’.
Bravo, Miss Riley!