The restrictions put in place as a result of the pandemic since the Spring have not deterred Blackheath High School musicians. When schools were forced to close during the first national lockdown, our girls helped keep everyone’s spirits up with virtual performances from the school choir. We also won the (virtual) GDST Song Contest with our choir, ‘The Rolling Tones’, performing a beautiful arrangement of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol.
Music has been back in full swing since we returned to school, albeit social distanced. Nearly all of our choirs and ensembles are now rehearsing on a weekly basis. Rock Band has become so popular, we have introduced Mini Rock Band, our orchestra has over 40 members and we have a fantastic new jazz band called ‘Need for Reed’. Our peripatetic teachers are back in school and we have record numbers of students taking Associated Board Music examination in December.
In “normal” years we perform our Christmas Carol Concert at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, which is always stunning and one of the standout events of the school year.
The Director of Music and Head of Junior School music are working their magic to put together a stunning virtual Christmas concert to be premiered on YouTube later this month. Until then here’s a ‘throwback’ to last year’s Junior School’s Chamber Choir, “12 Days of Christmas” performance.
Watch here. We hope you enjoy!