One of the main events of the musical calendar is the Packwood Summer Concert and this year nearly half the children in the main school took part. As before, plans for a sunny, alfresco event were thwarted by the weather, but the marquee provided an excellent alternative with plenty of space for children, parents, picnics and the Pimm’s table.
There was a huge variety of music, all performed professionally and to a high standard. Some ensembles were making their debut summer concert performances: the Junior Chamber Choir, who sang very confidently; the Recorder Consort, playing some very effective Telemann and Handel; and the ‘Ludas dum Ludere Possis’ string quartet, made up of Mr and Mrs Boutwood, Mrs Besterman and led by our gap student Mr Spain. Their performance of Dvořák’s Humoresque seemed to be much appreciated, although even teachers make mistakes (and struggle to hide the fact!)…as one parents said afterwards, “I can see that none of you would be much good at poker!”
Some of the leaving musicians provided solos, all beautifully performed. Isabel M’s singing of Misty was particularly moving, and Rowena J played her last harp solo of many at Packwood before she moves onto a well-deserved place at The Purcell School in September. Olivia R’s Pachelbel Canon, accompanied by Eve L and Louis G on violin and double bass, went down very well with the audience. There were also fine performances from the established ensembles including the Big Band, Flute Quartet, String Quartet, Packwood Junior Wind Band, Training Orchestra, two guitar ensembles and Brass Ensemble. The Boys’ Choir showed some terrific rapping skills in See you Again and the Girls’ Choir’s rendition of Waka Waka was extremely charismatic, including the girls dispersing all over the marquee! Finally, the Chamber Orchestra brought the evening to a close with Strauss’s Blue Danube, complete with well-coordinated fireworks for a dramatic effect.
It was a lovely evening for all, and the Headmaster and many parents agreed that this had been the best summer concert yet!