‘Music is a shared language which opens up numerous channels of communication and a sense of togetherness that most of us have really missed’ (Tessa Marchington), so it has been joyous to have the sound of live music filling the music department once again, to see all the instrumental teachers in person and to hear the Years 3 and 4 rehearsing for their musical, ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’.  The Pre-Prep children have also been rehearsing for their Spring Concert and we look forward to hearing them in this week’s edition of Vinelines.  In the Prep School, the year group choirs and ensembles have all restarted and the children have enjoyed playing together again, although many string players grew so much during lockdown that they have outgrown their instruments!


Despite the restrictions of lockdown, most children continued to receive their instrumental lessons remotely and appear to have developed greater levels of musical independence and resilience.  When their teachers have not been there to tune and repair instruments, the children have had to do it for themselves and, although there have been a few snapped strings, most of them coped extremely well.  Excitement is brewing amongst the Year 8s for next term’s musical which is ‘Bugsy Malone’; a choice which we hope will bring ‘togetherness’, fun and hilarity to the end of a very difficult year.


Sue Glossop

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