Arts at Alton Convent

8th June 2016

Alton Convent School parents and pupils were blessed indeed with a glorious summer’s evening for our annual Festival of Arts – an extravaganza of art, music, dance and drama.

The senior orchestra, string ensemble and cello ensemble opened the evening with a range of repertoire from Mozart to Meghan Trainor. In this momentous Shakespeare anniversary year, it comes as no surprise that a considerable number of items was devoted to music inspired by the Bard. 

Interspersed with the Shakespearian items was a toe-tapping violin performance from Copland’s famous ‘Hoe Down’ and an elegant flute and clarinet duet. A home and hearth theme was represented by the Junior Chamber Choir’s interpretation of ‘My House’ from’ Matilda’ and ‘Home Fires’ from the television series by the Chamber Choir.

Year 2 and 3 choir enjoyed their opportunity to perform for a large audience and were absolutely charming! What excellent discipline and focus from such young singers! The large preparatory choir told the ballad of ‘Paddy on the Railway’ giving opportunities for solo singers and smaller groups as the story progressed.

Whilst music was the main feature in the Welsford Hall, the Drama Studio was buzzing with energy.

Lamda pupils captured the audience’s attention with performances that evoked a range of emotions through their entertaining delivery of monologues and duologues. Isabel Rogers was particularly engaging during her challenging monologue from Medea, and Jemima Harris-Rae had the audience in hysterics with her excellent comic timing.

Years 3 to 6 impressed the audience with their dances, showing polished performances using a variety of themes, from Superheroes to Bollywood. In the Senior School, girls showed just how hardworking they can be with two contrasting Dance Club pieces, both put together in a short space of time and performed to a high standard. These dances kept the energy high, one with its dynamic street style, and the other its uplifting and lively 1960s moves.

Following the success of the Evening of Poetry and Dance, individual girls also performed an array of dazzling solo pieces, from Ella Dodgson’s tap dancing ‘Pink Panther’ to Scarlett Tommons’ emotional piece of lyrical contemporary. Notably, Year 13 pupil, Grace Jenner, ended the programme of events in the Studio, and her last ever Festival of Arts, in a fitting manner with a piece that she choreographed and performed beautifully, entitled ‘Goodbye’.

As always the evening concluded with the Festival Choir consisting of senior girls, parents and staff – some 90 singers in total. The Shakespearean theme prevailed with a contemporary setting of ‘It was a lover and his lass’ and ‘Another op’ning, another show’ from ‘Kiss me Kate’. The enthusiasm of all the singers was infectious and created a wonderful ending to ‘another show’.