Year 7 parents attend the second annual Bishop’s Vocal Extravaganza
On Tuesday 17th October it was the second annual Bishop’s Vocal Extravaganza. This is a joyous event in which the whole of year 7 perform three songs to an audience of parents and carers after school. Year 7 have been working in their Music lessons this half term with Mrs McKinnell and Mr Kench in order to learn ‘When I’m Gone’, which is better known as ‘The Cup Song’, which Anna Kendrick sings in Pitch Perfect; ‘Reflection’ from ‘Mulan’; and ‘Burn’, the well known song by Ellie Goulding. Whilst the five Year 7 classes had all been preparing their songs as individual classes within their music lessons, they didn’t come together as a choir of 150 students until the day of the performance, when we had a very intense rehearsal to put the songs together for the final performance! As well as the full force of all of Year 7 singing together to produce a wonderful, powerful sound, we also heard some body percussion which was integrated into ‘The Cup Song’, representing the rhythm present in the original version of the song, when the cup is being manipulated throughout to produce a repeating rhythm. Additionally, in ‘Reflection’ we were treated to some beautiful solos from some very brave year 7s! Earlier in the half term, the girls were invited to audition to sing a solo. 24 ambitious singers came to audition, all of whom earned themselves lots of house points and did a fantastic job. Our final soloists: Mia O, Rhea SK, Elise E, Leanna L, Georgie M, Holly M, Summer D and Layla MG did themselves proud and sang out beautifully. Congratulations to all of our performers. They made me incredibly proud, by performing with energy and enthusiasm, and showing real focus and concentration throughout the performance in order to really deliver a sparkling performance. Well done, all! This project is a fabulous way for a new year group to really get to know one another in their early days at Bishop’s, needing to work together as a team, persevering to overcome challenges, and building friendships through supporting one another. All of the performers should be really proud of the responsible risk-taking that they demonstrated in the concert, and the confidence they exuded as a collective year group throughout their performance.