Junior Summer Concert
Junior School pupils gave the old Waterlow Hall a fitting send-off last night, as their performances received rapturous applause and standing ovations.
From the Chamber Group’s Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major to a rousing rendition of Freddie Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody, complete with Queen-inspired video footage, girls from Year 3 to Year 6 delivered incredible performances at last night’s Summer Concert.
The Chamber Choir, recent winners of the GDST Choir of the Year, sang a lively Jabberwocky; Wind Band played a wonderful Lennon & McCartney number; and bowler-hatted Year 5s sang an impeccably choreographed performance. The grand finale – a cleverly adapted version of Abba’s ‘Thank you for the Music’ – paid moving tribute to Mrs Solti, who leaves the Junior School after 6 years as Headmistress at the end of this term. The concert celebrated not only Mrs Solti’s incredible musical legacy, but also provided a suitable send-off for the soon-to-be revamped Waterlow Hall. The girls are very much looking forward to taking to the stage in the new, state-of-the-art concert hall and performance space due to open its doors early next year.
The standing ovations for the girls were trumped only by the roof-raising cheers for the Junior School Director of Music, Mr Chistensen, whose enthusiasm is infectious. Parents describe Mr C as: “A legend… he inspires and encourages the girls to grow up with a love of music. Parents and teachers get the pleasure of seeing each one shine brightly – an extraordinary team effort that makes the souls sing.”
Another parent added: “Never seen anything like it at a school concert. Wow!”
Music has always been a strong point at South Hampstead, underpinned by an ethos of inclusive excellence. In Year 1, all girls learn to play and perform on a string instrument, with the majority continuing instrument or singing lessons into Year 2 and beyond. In the Junior School alone there are numerous choirs, bands, ensembles and orchestras to join, both auditioned and open, providing a wealth of music-making opportunities for all.