As the school term ended I had the good fortune of seeing the young’un performing in the school Christmas concert. (Phi, unluckily, was galavanting around Dublin, or at least making his way home from galavanting, and missed out.) As they say, it was not like it used to be. When I was a kidlet in school these concerts were mainly made up of carols and religious items related to the season. This concert was all over the shop but with the bonus of various kids having the opportunity to share their talents and interests rather than only being allowed to perform what the teacher in charge deemed suitable.
As a consequence the young’un was up and down on stage all night joining in with a variety of vocal groupings, instrument ensembles, a solo on his french horn plus as backing, for the singing of an aria, with his trumpet. It was very enjoyable if a little unconventional and a little rough at the edges.
Next term the young’un has the opportunity to participate in a local music school and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it all works out well. The listing of ensembles and classes he can participate in is quite broad. (So lots of opportunities to try many different things.) I’m not sure how it’s all going to work as his not having participated in the musical exam/grading structure here means it’s not entirely clear how he will mesh with their requirements. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Current temperature: here 8C/46F, there 12F/-11C