What a fabulous experience to be singing in front of the paying public (and parents) in St Georges Hall at Windsor Castle. We had rehearsed all 12 carols and our flute ensemble sounded amazing. The crowd gathered in front of the larges Christmas tree I have ever seen. The children sang and behaved beautifully - like true professionals. I know that the experience brought tears to some of the parents' eyes. It was truly magical and I was so proud of the children. A real credit to our school
What an amazing day we had at the 02. We left school, very excited, to travel up to London to start rehearsals with the rest of the 7000 strong choir! We settled into our seats and were introduced to the conductor. We started our rehearsal and were soon into it. After an afternoon of singing, time for tea and a smarten up and then back into the auditorium for the arrival of the audience. We strained to see the parents from Cookham Dean arrive. It has hard to see anyone in the dark but we knew they were out there! Finally the concert started. The atmosphere was electric. It was amazing! We sang and danced until it was time to go home. We all had a great time and the comments from parents the next day, confirmed that they did too!
It was good to be back on the stage at Taplow Court this year. The children were amazing - both in their singing and their behaviour. Their energy and enthusiasm for their singing is second to none. I was so proud of them along with their parents and other staff from school. Sean Egan from the Rotary Club wrote an email to me saying 'Your children were outstanding and a credit to Cookham Dean, not only in their fantastic performance but also in how they conducted themselves at the theatre.'
I was not surprised by this performance because I knew the children were ready. They had all shown such true dedication in the rehearsals leading up to the performance - turning up for practice sessions every lunchtime in the 2 weeks leading up to the afternoon of 5th February, without moaning once about giving up their lunchtime play. I truly am a very lucky music teacher!
Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,
Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.
Tel: 01628 482734.