Prep School Orchestral Weekend

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
Billy Joel

For the second year running, our orchestral weekend has taken place in the Easter Term rather than the Christmas Term. Whether it was the postponement of the event that allowed the various orchestras attending more time to rehearse, or that the warm and sunny Easter Term weather lifted the performers’ spirits, one thing remains clear: this year marked one of the best Orchestral Weekends that has been held at St Andrew’s.
On Friday 12th January, over 200 pupils and 30 staff from 10 different schools arrived at St Andrew’s for a weekend of music-making.  The players took on a challenging programme: The Abduction from the Seraglio, Radetzky’s March, The Theme from Star Wars, Finlandia, Ode to Joy, Uptown Funk and Gangnam Style.
Rehearsals started on the Friday evening and, after a day of rehearsals on Saturday 13th, the amassed orchestra was ready for its much-awaited performance that evening.  The Orchestra was conducted by Music staff of St Andrew’s with the help of Mr Oludhe and Mr Julius Agina from Kenton College and Greensteds School respectively. The programme featured extra items from Cavina, Kenton, The Banda, Greensteds and St Andrew’s, exhibiting music played by young musicians, all of whom had obtained Grade 2 or above.
Making an appearance for the first time, were children from Ghetto Classics, whose background stories was a testament to how Music can bring people from all backgrounds together, echoing the words of Liz Njoroge, the Director of Art of Music; “No matter who you are, your background, rich or poor, when you play your instruments, you play the same ‘A’.” They too performed an ensemble piece ‘Todii’, one of the highlights of the event. All players left with a polo-shirt as a souvenir of the weekend, provided by Safaricom, our sponsors for the event.