Moscow Music Trip -March 2017
Moscow Music Trip - March 2017
On Saturday 25th March, 13 excitable children met at Malaga airport ready to board the plane to Moscow in Russia with Miss Green, Mr Pattison and Mr Holden. Children have been preparing since January and were ready for the BSF Music Festival.
Monday 27th March
On the first day of the festival, we split into rehearsals for the Battle of the Bands and the Choirs. We then split into workshop groups where we learnt about the Russian culture including russian tea and lollipops, folk musical instruments and dance. After a busy day, children went back to their homestays and accommodation all tired out.
Tuesday 28th March
The snow was falling hard in Russia and it was the day we went on our excursion. We had a sightseeing tour around Moscow where we saw famous sights such as Victory Park, Red Square and the University from the warmth of our tour bus. In the evening, Teachers and Secondary children had the privilege of seeing the Kremlin ballet's version of `Swan Lake´.
Wednesday 29th March
This was another busy day where children were rehearsing for the concert. In the afternoon, the Primary children went to see the Russian play called `The Flying Ship´. The whole play was spoken in Russian which was very impressive to hear and the music and dance was very entertaining.
Thursday 30th March
On Thursday, we spent the day rehearsing at the theatre ready for the performance day. It was a great opportunity for the students to experience rehearsing on stage, with choirs and orchestras practising together for the first time, and understanding what is involved in a tech rehearsal. All the bands rehearsed on a rotation system, ensuring they got to practice their songs for a final time before the competition on Friday.
Friday 31st March - performance day!
Children arrived, bright eyed ready to perform in the theatre. The morning's concert consisted of Junior Choir songs (one of them sung fully in Russian), Senior Choir songs and Orchestral numbers including the finale `Make a New Tomorrow´ which was spectacular to listen to.
After lunch, it was the Battle of the Bands competition between all the different schools. Marbella was the third band to take place and did a confident and strong performance of Muse's Feeling Good and Stevie Wonder´s Superstition. Although we didn´t come in the top three, we were so proud of the achievement, confidence and maturity of the youngest band in the competition.
Well done to all students who came to Moscow - you were a credit to the school and it was great to see so much talent in the week.