Posted by: Laura O'Neil
Mon 21st March 2022
David Nieper Academy was delighted to,once again, host the annual Joint Concert with local schools, with more than 250 children performing over two evenings.
Last year’s concert had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions and it was wonderful to welcome local schools back into the academy.
Rehearsals took place in the afternoon, and it was clear to see that the children had been practising hard during the weeks in the run up to the concert as the performances were all amazing.
It was an exciting opportunity for all and the first chance for many of the children to be on the main stage with full lights and sound. Between rehearsals, children took part in a variety of activities, including Art, Dance, Sport, French and Duke of Edinburgh and even had time for tea before the performances began at 5.30pm, when family and friends were invited to attend.
On night one Copthorne Infant School, Leys Junior School, Stonebroom Primary School and Shirland Primary School joined students from the academy, with each school performing individual musical items, which included boom–wacker drums, beautiful contemporary dance, and uplifting songs.
Croft Infant School, South Wingfield Primary School and Woodbridge Junior School took to the stage on night two, and again it was a delight to see a display of such local talent.
At the end of each evening, all children from all schools took to the stage to sing ‘Raise My Voice’, ‘The Rainbow Connection’ and a lovely rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. This year’s rainbow theme was in recognition of the NHS and their fantastic work throughout the pandemic.
All the staff who supported the event were very impressed with the talent and enthusiasm from the local schools and we do look forward to welcoming the children and staff back again next year. Both evenings were absolutely delightful.
Miss Pell, teacher of music at David Nieper Academy, said:
“It’s been great to welcome so many children into the academy from our local Primary schools over the past two days and meet so many future students of David Nieper Academy.
“As a singing specialist, it’s been incredibly heart-warming for me to see the enthusiasm of all the younger children, singing together after so long apart. Well done to everyone involved!”
Dr Kathryn Hobbs, headteacher at David Nieper Academy, said
“All the students who took part in the joint concert have worked very hard, and the musical pieces were all of an exceptionally high standard. It was fantastic to be able to welcomeeveryone back into the academy again this year.”
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