On Tuesday 6th February, the Edmund Waller School Choir headed to the 02 to perform as part of a 7000 strong children’s choir. The children have been working very hard since September to learn 16 songs that lasted an hour! They took part in a 3 hour long rehearsal in the afternoon, followed by the concert for an audience of over 10,000 people in the evening. They sang absolutely brilliantly and they performed with great energy and enthusiasm!
The Year 6 children have created a brand new opera called Offline, which which will premier at 7pm on Thursday 20th July at The Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel.
Thea is a withdrawn, 12-year-old girl who sets out on a quest to find popularity. When she reaches her goal, she discovers that friendship can disappear at a click of a button. Life takes an unexpected turn as Thea comes face to face with a new friend who changes everything…
Tickets are now available to buy exclusively online(!) from theGenesis Cinema Box Office. Please select family tickets from the available options, which are priced at £5 each.
On Tuesday evening, I sang a solo in the Lewisham Music Summer Gala at the Royal Festival Hall, in a song called ‘Sing’. There were five songs including that, ‘Sing and Swing’, ‘Listen to Us’, ‘My Town’ and ‘Oremi Je Ka Jo’. It was an amazing experience and I am still stunned by the memory of it. When our choir were performing, we did not do it just on our own, we sang it altogether, with twenty five other choirs. The amount of children was huge, about eight hundred! I was one of two who was picked to sing a solo on my own.
In the dressing room before hand, I was really nervous about it, as many people would be. Thankfully, I have a really good friend, who sprayed water on me to make me laugh! Surprisingly, this worked.
During the performance, I had to stand at the edge of the stage, where there was another choir singing a completely different part. The rest of my choir were high on the balcony.
We sang the first song (‘Listen to Us’) and then I walked to the front and the music began. I counted the three and a bit bars before my part and then I began to sing. The conductor, Clare Caddick, had told me to really pronounce my ts, and during my part I remembered to do this, which made it sound a lot better. I stepped back and sang through the rest of the song at the front. Then I finished the song and bowed, before returning to the edge and singing through the last few songs.
For the penultimate song, the other soloist- John- sang his part brilliantly, before we launched into the final song. At the end everybody congratulated me and I met my parents. They were really proud of me, and I was really proud of myself!
This was a really amazing experience, and I enjoyed it so much. I would just like to thank Ms. Holder and Mr. Barrett for coordinating the whole thing, and teaching us the songs.