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FAN Music Highlights

Music making is thriving at FAN.

On Tuesday 6 March the Concert Band made it’s annual visit to Kings Lynn to play in the Schools Make Music concert. After a very enjoyable first half of performances by primary schools, the band took to the stage to open the second half of the concert. We performed extremely well, playing three pieces: ‘Selections from Mary Poppins’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Highlights from Les Miserables’. Our performance was very well received by an enthusiastic audience and we really appreciated the opportunity of playing in The Corn Exchange in Kings Lynn.

On Friday 9 March it was the turn of our string players. We had practised all term to get to the standard needed to take part in in a public concert with the London Mozart Players. On Friday morning three of the members of the orchestra came into school to rehearse with us. After school we travelled by coach to St Peter’s Church, Sheringham where we had an hours rehearsal with the orchestra.

After tea, we were given front row seats for the concert. We had a brilliant view of the concert, positioned just a few feet from the orchestra. The orchestra were absolutely fantastic. When it came to the finale, it was our turn. We were slightly nervous as we took our places surrounding the orchestra. We needn’t have worried as once we got started all nervousness flew out of the window. At the end of our performance the audience gave us a standing ovation. It was a totally amazing experience. We are so proud of ourselves. A memory that will stay with us for life.

On Monday 12 March the College Saxophone Quartet took part in the County Music Festival. They performed in a class of seven wind ensembles which included three ensembles that draw students from across Norwich.

The Quartet, Kaira Bundock, Holly Potter, Holly Wilson and Dominic Hancock performed first. Their playing was assured and balanced with excellent dynamics and a rich warm tone. After all of the ensembles had performed, the Adjudicator, Mr Shea Lolin took to the stage to give some comments. He said of the quartet, ‘You had great style from the outset…… I really enjoyed the control you showed which is often not heard on the saxophone! Your playing was compelling.’ After commenting on the other ensembles there was a real sense of anticipation in the room as he announced that he was awarding the Shorten Cup jointly to Fakenham Academy Saxophone Quartet and Norfolk County Schools  Symphonic Wind Band who both gave ‘outstanding performances’.

Congratulations to all of the students for your fantastic achievements this term.

Mr Willis, Teacher of Music