It has been quite a week for our little choir! On Saturday, December 7th, two of our singers represented us beautifully at a Christmas Nativity event hosted by St Mary’s Church Watford. In family and youth worker Mrs Da Costa’s words, our “little stars were amazing, did a wonderful job and made you very proud!”. Well done, Lily and Zara–it took courage to go and sing in front of strangers and you clearly rose to the challenge in style!
Having launched straight into extra rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday, our choir then brought true joy to residents of the Watford Peace Hospice, their families and carers, during a visit on Thursday 12th December. Having braved the cold and rain during their walk through Watford High Street, the children soon warmed up during their action packed repertoire, including the rythmic swaying and clapping during “The Virgin Mary had a baby boy” and the animal actions and matching sound bites of “The animals in the stable” . Their excitement about the “Snowman Song” was evident in their smiles throughout the song, and the muffled giggles as the snowman finally succumbed to the warm rays of the sun-thankfully, all children managed to “melt away” on the carpet without injuries or other mishaps. Our soloists all sang beautifully and with confidence and are already itching to try their next solo pieces.
The appreciation of our audience was reflected not only in smiles and laughter, but also in the requests for an encore and for more traditional Christmas carols. The children were amazed to find that one of the residents used to sing in a choir himself, having been a soprano in a prestigious boys’ choir. After his musical support during “Oh come o ye faithful ” and ” Silent Night”, we consider him a potential recruit for our little choir.
So great was the demand for encores that we performed our very own Central Primary version of “The 12 days of Christmas” complete with actions, last practised at our Tree Dressing Assembly. Our audience helped us remember when exactly it is that the pipers pipe, the maidens milk and drums resound……all bird varieties and their place in the hierarchies having come to us all quite naturally. A huge round of applause to Zara who was a special champ at remembering what really happens on each of the 12 days, and to Mrs Guthrie for suggesting we bring our annual Central tradition to a wider audience.
We received the warmest of welcomes at the Hospice, and the children, despite their initial shyness, enjoyed mingling with the residents and sharing a cup of juice and a biscuit with them. It was a truly special afternoon for us all and we would like to thank everyone at the Peace Hospice for making us feel so at home. We hope to visit again later in the year with a brand new repertoire of songs from around the world.
Well done to our fantastic choir for singing so well on only two rehearsals and bringing so much joy to others; and many warm thanks to Mrs Guthrie, our fantastic Music Lead, for joining us in what has been a memorable afternoon. We are now looking forward to our Christmas event on 18th December 2019 at 3pm (for Key Stage 2) and 9am (for Key Stage 1), and hope that many parents, carers and family friends will come to see all of the children sing some festive tunes which we have prepared for you!