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The Croft Orchestral Afternoon

On Saturday 7 March, Croft pupils, past Croft pupils, family and many friends gathered at The Croft School with their instruments. They all came for one reason - The Croft Orchestral Afternoon, and our Orchestra had one hundred and fifty musicians in it!

The different sections of the Orchestra (Strings, Percussion and Wind/Brass) went off in different directions. Each section had time to practise their own pieces. After a break and a biscuit, the whole orchestra assembled in the Theatre to practise our orchestral pieces. For some people it was their first Orchestral Afternoon, so there were a lot of things to get used to. We all had to concentrate very hard!

Our families and friends began to arrive to hear us, and everybody was getting quite excited. At the end of the day everybody put on a spectacular performance. Firstly, the Strings performed 'Jamaican Lullaby' and 'Tinga Layo'. Then the Wind and Brass musicians performed 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free' and 'Satin Doll'. Next, the Percussion players performed a very clever piece using only their bodies. Finally, the whole Orchestra performed three pieces. The second piece, 'Pastoral Rhapsody' was a world premiere, and the composer was there to hear us too! Last, but not least, we performed 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'. It was a great finale which got faster and faster until we finished with a big smash! It was an amazing day and everybody had fun.

Report written by Elliott B

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