As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I went to the ‘spring fling’ concert at James Gillespie’s high school last night. I went to watch Aliyah and her class perform a piece of music, and an extract of a play they’ve been working on.
Boy was I impressed! And surprised! It is amazing to see what children can achieve when trained well. All the P6 pupils that took part in last night’s performance spoke confidently, and knew all their lines. They pronounced their words with expression and feeling. And they played their musical instruments with intent and precision.
A few things were going through my mind as I was watching:
First of all I felt extremely proud of both Aliyah and her classmates. The level at which they performed was really very high.
Second of all, I enjoyed watching them enjoy it. They were loving being on that stage.
Third of all I felt total respect for their class teacher, who has worked with them to compose their piece of music. I watched him, watching them perform, and he was beaming. A whole lot of hard work has clearly gone into this, on his part, and I felt extremely grateful for that.
And lastly, I thought about the power and value of expertise. Tim, who’s been working with the children to produce these plays is really an expert, and he clearly has a lot to pass on to the children. It was clear that these kids had not been trained by an amateur, to act and to remember their lines. I have great respect for such expertise.
The rest of the show – other than Aliyah’s class- was excellent too. I did not expect the music performed by the high school kids to be that good. And there is something extremely touching about young people creating beautiful music, whether it is through instruments or voices.
I actually can not wait to see the full play today! I’ve volunteered to help with hair and makeup before hand, so I’ll get a taste of back stage too!
More on this tomorrow.