‘SCHOOLS Make Music’ at Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, on March 29 was a great success.
Organised by Chatteris Rotary on a yearly basis, local music teacher Amy Dyson led a large group of young singers from the area in a most entertaining concert.
Schools that joined singers from Cromwell Community College (led by Louise Todd ) included Benwick and Kingsfield (both led by Amy Dyson), Glebelands (led by Becky Mellows), Lionel Walden (led by Sarah Harrison), Manea (led by Emma Boughen) and Thomas Eaton (led by Jade Betts).
The hall was packed with participants and their parents. Each school presented a few items separately and the evening ended with a grand combination of all voices.
Individual items that stood out for me were Glebeland’s ‘I’d like to teach the World to sing’, Kingfield’s ‘Fantasy Football Team’, Manea’s ‘Think of a World without any fFlowers’, Thomas Eaton’s ‘Living and Learning’, Benwick’s ‘What a wonderful world’, Lionel Walden’s ‘You raise me up’, Cromwell choir’s ‘The eye of the Tiger’ and the combined ‘We are the Champions’ by Freddie Mercury. ‘Think of a world without any flowers’ was particularly interesting because it included the use of sign language, ‘What a wonderful world’ did Louis Armstrong proud, while ‘We are the Champions’ made a wonderful encore.
Another factor that struck me in particular was that the songs chosen contained a number of challenges for the singers, and in some cases there was a plethora of words to learn and sing, sometimes at a very lively pace.
The children rose to the occasion every time and the excitement on their faces and the thrill they obviously felt from performing well to a large appreciative audience will be remembered for some time.
Chatteris Rotary is to be congratulated for inspiring such a moving event.