As a member of the PTA, I had offered to help with the refreshment stall so arrived a little earlier to set up. The concert was due to start at 6 and by 5:45 when they opened the doors the queue to get in went from the school door to the next street over! Luckily I had put my coat and bag on a chair on the front row to ensure I had a good seat.
There was an amazing turn out. The kids had been practicing their performances within class and as a result 131 of the 350 kids of the kids turned up. As the concert was mid week and started at 6pm no one really expected such a high turn out.
The concert started with a group number before all the kids came up in their year groups to sing their song. Matilda’s year sang ABBA’S Mamma Mia. All the kids sang well and you could tell the effort and preparation that had gone into it.
After everyone had sung, we had an interval where i helped with the refreshment stall. We overestimated the amount of coffee that would be sold and had loads left over at the end but we made quite a bit of money selling cakes and biscuits that people had brought/ made and donated to us.
The second half of the concert started and it was time for the trumpets. Matilda’s year had only been practicing the trumpet for a few months and had only recently started using brass trumpets rather then plastic.
I was very impressed with Matilda and her year they played well and with such confidence. It certainly wasn’t the best trumpet I have heard. It was noisy and difficult to work out what they were playing at first but Matilda loves the trumpet and it’s nice to watch her enjoying something.
Because of the height number of children attending, it took them longer to get the kids up to the front and back again and as a result, the concert went on for longer then expected. But all the parents enjoyed it and the kids loved performing to their parents. They are already planning about another concert but may need a larger location.