Merry Christmas!

Elizabeth ButcherMusic News

Merry Christmas !

What a two weeks it has been. After the disappointment of not winning the Star for Christmas competition last week, we threw ourselves into our School carol services on Thursday and Friday. Both went fantastically well with the children singing their hearts out in each service. Also last week, the singing club visited the residents of Greenacres Care Home to sing some of our favourite Christmas songs for them. They very much enjoyed our visit and we received many compliments from both the staff and residents. On Saturday, the children entertained shoppers at the School Christmas fair. We started with this year’s premier performance from the Strings Group, who have been rehearsing weekly with Mr Tayler. This group has gone from strength to strength this year and we now have 11 children playing together to a very good standard. After this, we featured some solos from children who wanted the opportunity to showcase their skills. We had performances from Emma Smith, Gracie Sheather, Daisy Trewin, Freya Dykes, Nate Morgan, Amelia Rathbone, Saanvii Aroori and Bea Jenkins. The quality of some of the performances just shows what a wealth of musical talent we have at Compton. We finished off with carols from the Singing Club, who entertained us with the usual enthusiasm and enjoyment.

This week we took our carol books to the residents of Torr House, where they enjoyed our performance so much they requested an encore. They very kindly gave the children some refreshments, while some of our pupils chatted with the residents about Christmas and what we have been getting up to.

Finally, on Friday we took part in the Plymouth School’s Carol Service at St Andrew’s Church, attended by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth. This is the first time in a few years we have been able to join in with this event as they have clashed with our own school carol services, so we were looking forward to this chance to sing to other schools from around Plymouth. As always, it was a fantastic event where we had the opportunity to perform our favourite Christmas song and listen to children from other schools all over Plymouth.

A special thanks must go to the parents who have helped us to get to our various performances this term – l thank you for your help in organising the children, getting nearly 50 singers from one place to the other safely requires careful logistics, and your help in achieving this has been invaluable, so thank you.

As I said to the singing group last week, I don’t need Radio Devon to tell me our children are amazing… they are all absolute stars to me, whether in the singing group, strings group, or just singing their hearts out in the carol services. We have been very busy this Christmas season and the children have given every performance their best effort. I hope they all now enjoy a well deserved break over the Christmas holidays.

On a final note, I am able to confirm that the singing club will continue next term, on a Tuesday night from 3:15-4:15pm. There will also be a school band run by Mr Tayler on a Friday night, 3:15-4:15pm as well as a Strings Orchestra on Tuesdays from 4:45-6:00 pm. More information about each of these groups will be available in the new year.