Pumpkin Patch Pride

The fun thing about Year 4 is that some events are becoming a tradition! This was our fourth time bringing students to play at Trinity Church's wonderful Pumpkin Patch event - since that first year, their musicianship has blossomed as has their enthusiasm for the event! 

This year, the performance took place on Hallowe'en eve. The students were thrilled to present some scary classics for the occasion - their spooky variations on Hot Cross Buns (renamed Hot Cross Bones for this occasion by student Diego), a fall-themed version of Twinkle Twinkle and finally a piece called Halloween with a suitably screechy section...

As the grown-ups witnessing their progress, perhaps the most memorable moments were before and after the performance. As the students warmed-up before the performance - they displayed so much focus and intention, asking for last minute tips on tricky sections, helping each other by playing it through together "one more time" for practice. The generosity, warmth and kindness in their contented, excited banter was tangible.

 Green room silliness

Green room silliness

 Emmy even wore a Hallowe'en costume!

Emmy even wore a Hallowe'en costume!

After the performance, there was plenty of banter too. One student could be heard saying "Well, I made a few mistakes but I just tried to blend in..." and another student cheerfully responded with, "Oh, you did a great job - I was standing right next to you and I didn't hear anything!"

The day wouldn't be complete without taking advantage of the photobooth complete with haystacks and picket fence. 

As the young musicians staggered off with their larger-than-life congratulatory pumpkins, fragments of singing and humming could be heard drifting around the patch...