On the 14th of November 2014, The EPS choir performed in an original piece of classical music, “The Unknown Soldier,” written by the renowned composer Jonathan Dove at The Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The piece was written in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World War. It was performed by the London Mozart Players orchestra and a choir comprised of five primary school choirs, two senior school choirs and three professional choirs.
The scale of the sound was incredible, and offered a rare opportunity for younger children to be part of an orchestral performance. It was also a great opportunity for the children to hear orchestral instruments being played by professional players and to be able to, so practically, learn the instrument names and sounds. Participating in the performance and rehearsal also taught them about the discipline needed for music performance. They all showed great maturity in their ability to sit still for a long time waiting for their sections of music to arrive. It also gave real meaning to the struggles soldiers must have gone through during the 1st World War as these were passionately expressed through the music. The experience definitely broadened their understanding of the possibilities music can bring beyond pop culture and the X Factor!
The concert marked the culmination of over six months' preparation for the EPS choir during which the leader of the National Youth Choir, Dominic Peckham, visited the school on three occasions to help train the choir sing the very demanding pieces written for us. His expertise was invaluable and the pupils have benefitted greatly from his enthusiastic influence.
Everyone was very greatful for the enthusiastic support of family members and friends on the night. It's always a huge boost knowing a parent or friend is watching in the audience. Many thanks to all those who came to listen!
In addition to all the work put in by Mr Spoerer, thanks also need to go to Mrs Rose who regularly helps out with choir and to Mr Strutt and Mrs Cooper who supported on the night. Special thanks also to Julia of The London Mozart Players, who coordinated the event so well to make everything possible.
Early next year we venture on our next performance to the O2 Arena in central London to perform with, “Young Voices,” the largest school choir performances in the world! The training done preparing for “The Unknown Soldier” has prepared us brilliantly for the rehearsals building up to this monumentous event on January the 26th.
We were all very proud of the choir at Fairfield Halls, and Mr Spoerer is looking forward to building their skills further and further throughout this year.