Pembroke House recognises the importance of having music in our lives. Music not only brings people together, improves health & wellbeing, boosts confidence and provides a creative outlet but above all can be great fun. And Pembroke does ‘fun’ with flying colours.
Last week, the whole school embraced the power that music can give, with a series of musical collaborations, workshops and concerts.
Kick-started by recitals from the visiting choristers from our St Georges’ Windsor exchange programme, the week was kindly organised by our vibrant Head of Music, Miss MM.
The children particularly loved the impromptu Pre’s Lawn disco at break. Who doesn’t love a mid-morning macarena?!
On Thursday, the Peripatetic music teachers gathered with their students for a jamming session where they played and danced all together, to wide variety of musical genres.
The children were also surprised by a ‘flash mob’ in Friday chapel, when the teaching staff suddenly stood up, bursting into song and dance to Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’.
After a series of Junior, Middle and Senior concerts, the week culminate in a full performance in the theatre in front of parents. The programme included voice solos, violin duets and guitar ensembles - few will forget Mr Newlands and Mr Hawkins ‘rocking out’ on their electric guitars. Our guests were also treated to a traditional African dance during the interval, by the uplifting Zameleo Dance Troupe.
Some of our students also attended the annual IAPS Orchestral Weekend, hosted by St.Andrew’s Turi, which combines over 170 young musicians from across 10 Prep schools in Kenya. This year the theme was ‘‘A 100 Years of Disney’. After two days full of rehearsals, the evening concert included a Pembroke House flute soloist playing ‘Colours of the Wind’ from Pocahontas and finished with a joyful medley of highlights from The Lion King, performed by the full orchestra.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato