On Thursday 9th May our Senior School musicians took part in our “Music for a Summer Evening” concert. The Girls’ Chamber Choir began the evening with a performance of a piece called “Alleluia” in Ghanaian. The Wind Band and the Boys’ Choir both performed two new pieces that they had studied this term. Some soloists had been asked to perform some pieces to punctuate the evening, and they did especially well. The Canzonetta Choir concluded the evening with a performance of “Shake It Out” which was a choral arrangement of the popular song by Florence and the Machine. A huge well done to our outstanding musicians. Over £200 was raised on the evening for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.
Congratulations to Year 7 pupil Ben who will be singing the role of Gavroche with 11 other soloists from across the South West, accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra on Saturday 18th May at Plymouth Guildhall. Tickets are now available if you would like to see what is sure to be a wonderful performance. Visit http://www.swpac.co.uk/ for further information.
In a remarkable sign of the strength and vibrancy of the musical life of St Joseph’s school, pupils from across the school participated in the annual Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech in the last week.
This prestigious festival runs for five days and includes competition classes for speech, brass, choirs, instrumental and vocal. There were many successes for our pupils during the week, and we have celebrated these in school: huge congratulations to every participant, whether they were a winner or not.
Ruby Kirkwood (Year 4), Darcy Courtney-Bridgey, Isabelle Thorns and Chloe Smith (Year 10) not only won their classes but also received shields for achieving the highest overall mark in their category.
A special mention must go to two remarkable sets of siblings: Ben and Ella Hodgson (Years 7 and 6) who won seven trophies between them, and Alice and Oscar Amankwah (Years 9 and 6) who went home with five awards. In addition, Ben and Ella were both awarded the highest marks in the male and female vocal classes, and Ben was named as the Wadebridge Festival Singer of the Year.
Well done to all of our pupils who took part this year, especially if it was your first time. A huge thank you to all the music teachers involved and parents who supported the children.
Well done to all of you, we are very proud of you all.
Wadebridge Prize Winners:
Year 4 Tilly Goodwin (Piano and Vocal) Ruby Kirkwood (Piano)
Year 6 Oscar Amankwah (Piano and Vocal) Ella Hodgson (Vocal)
Year 7 Ben Hodgson (Vocal) Georgie Gilbert (Clarinet)
Year 8 Oliver Goodwin (Piano)
Year 9 Alice Amankwah (Piano and Vocal)
Year 10 Darcy Courtney-Bridgey (Piano and Violin) Lucas Drayton (Vocal) Chloe Smith (Flute) Isabelle Thorns (Flute, Piano and Vocal)
Year 11 Lucy Rowe (Vocal)
Yr 11 Lucy Rowe,
Yr 10 Darcy Courtney-Bridgey, Lucas Drayton, Chloe Smith and Isabelle Thorns
Yr 9 Alice Amankwah and Daisy Bailey
Yr 8 Oliver Goodwin, Isabel Ivell, Daisy Rae and Brontë Stevens
Yr 7 Georgie Gilbert, Ben Hodgson, Kelly Lam, Rosy Renfree and Louisa Smith
Yr 6 Oscar Amankwah, Phoebe Blatchford Cooper, Ella Hodgson, Sophie Renfree, Hollie Shute, Beth Sobey and Shannon Uglow
Yr 5 Erin Godwin and Millie Rose,
Yr 4 Tilly Goodwin, Ruby Kirkwood and Cecily Whitbread
Yr 3 Jake Godwin
A fantastic afternoon was had by all fortunate to attend the 2018 Christmas Entertainment afternoon at St
Joseph’s. Residents of local care and residential homes joined grandparents of St Joseph’s children for an afternoon of carols and Christmas singing, followed up by a festive quiz and all topped off with mince pies, tea and coffee.
The audience were initially treated to music from Canzonetta, the Boys’ Choir and the Chamber Choir, all of whom sounded fabulous. This was followed by a very impressive rendition of The Holly and the Ivy, which showed just how accomplished the choirs were in relation to the less trained singers, and rounded off with carols with which everyone participated.
It was also a pleasure to welcome back Janet Worsnip, a teacher who is a very important part of St Joseph’s school history. She taught biology and science at the school for many years, and was very pleased to be back. Mr Scott said of Miss Worsnip “I know how highly she was regarded during her time here from those who taught with her. It was a privilege to see her back in school, and it is because of teachers like her that the school has such a proud past.”
The children then served their guests as they enjoyed the festive food. All agreed it was a very successful afternoon’s entertainment, and a great chance for faces from St Joseph’s past and present to share some seasonal joy.