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Second Virtual Recital Celebrates Princethorpe At Home

01 Jun

After the success of the first sensational Social Distance-Sing Spring Concert, Princethorpe’s Director of Music, Gil Cowlishaw, pulled together a second virtual Princethorpe At Home Recital for the school community to enjoy.

The event streamed on Friday 22 May at the finish of the first half of the Trinity Term. It was every bit as enjoyable as the Social Distance-Sing Concert was before.

Mr Cowlishaw once again masterminded the whole event which this time included 27 performances submitted by pupils from Year 7 up to Lower Sixth, at Grades 1 to 8, some serious, some light-hearted, some downright silly (and wonderful!) and one pupil even using technology to perform a quintet with herself! The performers included pupils, staff, peripatetic teachers and look out for a special performance by the Headmaster, Ed Hester, as well.

The lockdown recital also included two very special group performances. The first a 12-piece a capella rendition of a mashup of Beyoncé’s Halo and Katrina and the Waves’ Walking on Sunshine and, in support of and as a tribute to Captain Tom and his NHS fundraising walk and all frontline medical staff working in the current crisis, a stirring 40-piece rendition of the moving anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Gil Cowlishaw explains, “Traditionally at this time of year, we have a music recital evening for pupils to share solo and small group items with their parents. The event is always popular so I knew we would have plenty of pupils wanting to perform. I also put out a call to see who would be interested in another group performance and had a great response. It was a lot of work putting it together but I know you will agree that the finished performance is both inspiring and uplifting, it really is very special!”

A huge thanks to Gil and his wonderful Princethorpe vocalists and musicians.

It was super entertainment for a Friday evening!

Please follow the link to listen to the finale. Click here