The performing arts have been hugely affected by the events of the previous two years. It has been difficult to make music, particularly as part of a meaningful ensemble.
Wednesday evening heralded the resumption of live performances in school, in the form of the wonderful Years 5 and 6 production of ‘Treachery at Traitor’s Quay’. This involved staging a well-scripted play, interspersed with memorable songs and movement. We were delighted to welcome such a large audience for the first time in two years.
The Composition Recital and Piano Masterclass is much less of an entertainment-based event, but demonstrates that music is very much on a path to post-Covid resurrection here at Northampton High School. We decided to combine two very popular events that were conceived prior to the first lockdown; a Masterclass and a Recital.
Our Masterclass Series began with renowned opera singer Alison Roddy holding the first of these events, followed by flautist Rachel Smith running the second. We were pleased to finally host the long-anticipated piano evening, instructed by Derek Lau.
The composition evening was originally designed to showcase examination students’ controlled assessment works. These largely go unheard and represent eighteen months’ hard work and creativity. We were especially privileged to welcome one of our music alumnae, who was the compere. She is currently studying Composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
This is the first of many musical offerings this year at Northampton High. Please keep your eyes on High News for details of further performances next term. Our pièce de la resistance in the form of Seussical has now been cast and will be staged as part of our annual Arts Festival in June.