“A Night at the Oscars” brought some Hollywood-style glamour to Swindon with a program that showcased talent from across the region, including local bands and 11 primary school choirs. Unlike the real Oscars, however, the whole event went without a hitch and St Bart’s was awarded the Oscar for “most improved diction and clear pronunciation”.
The North Wiltshire Music Festival has become a bit of an institution and it was great to see St Bart’s involved in a collaborative event that brings together so many local schools. Mrs Morris received special thanks for supporting Wootton Bassett Infants in their rehearsals enabling them to be part of the show.
The choirs sang together beautifully and entertained the audience with a variety of film favourites including the stadium rocker Eye of the Tiger; the children’s boxing moves would have made Rocky proud! The sense of fun ran through the evening as Elton John‘s tear jerker Circle of Life saw the teachers don oversized flashing sunglasses that had obviously been raided from his eighties wardrobe. The somewhat random effect of this was undeniably funny.
The harmonising in many of the songs showed the practice and dedication that has gone into preparing for the concert. Particularly impressive was the performance of Vois sur ton Chemin (Look to Your Path) from the 2004 film Les Choristes, which required the children to learn lyrics in French and sing in two parts. They rose to the challenge and, against expectations, did a terrific job. It was beautiful and a definite highlight of the night.
All year St Bart’s has been focusing on aspiration, encouraging its pupils to “reach for the stars”. Huge congratulations to our pupils who, through their hard work and perseverance, are doing just that.