If you gave a group of adolescent school children musical instruments, and gave them several weeks to learn something somewhat listenable, what would you expect to hear? You might have expected to be brought back to past memories of youth where you would walk down the corridor and suddenly hear the ear-scratching melody of thirty-odd children playing a piece vaguely resembling Hot Cross Buns on the recorder. If it had been just about anyone participating I would’ve expected the same.
Thankfully for the local residents of Acocks Green (and for the ears of all those present) no noise complaints were necessary, as the first Kimichi School Orchestra, for lack of a better word, absolutely smashed it. I’d say it was worth the nine year long wait. As a student who participated you may accuse me of bias, but if you were present in that church hall you would surely agree with that statement. We observed stunning performance after stunning performance, only separated by Mr Passey’s increasingly questionable commentary.
You would be surprised to hear that the vast majority of the students had only recently picked up their respective instruments. Due to the fact that, of which I’m sure you’re very much aware, this is a music school, there has been a push for people to learn orchestral instruments. The progress the students have made in a short amount of time has been incredible, and their efforts accumulated in the very concert I am writing about. I could not tell you my favorite part even if I tried, as there were far too many enjoyable parts to single out just one. By the time next year rolls around, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to seeing the progress the students have made.
Here’s to another year of progress!
Millie Butcher, Lower Senior