On Monday 5th February, the latest Primary School Music Assembly took place at Green Oak School, Godalming. Charterhouse musicians, accompanied by Mr Shepherd (director of music), performed to a packed and appreciative audience of 4 to 11 year olds! This morning’s recital featured two talented members of the Fourth Form (year 9): Tom Fowler (D) gave a splendid rendition of Mozart’s ‘Alleluia’ on the trumpet, while Taki Ejima-Dalley (V) played the violin and sang a short anthem by Mendelssohn.
Charterhouse’s Music Assemblies involve members of our School community visiting local primary schools, playing their instruments and then answering questions from pupils. This morning’s questions were a typically mixed bag, with Green Oak pupils asking about practice time, the mechanics of producing sound on a violin, and how many siblings the Carthusians had!
“It was great fun playing to younger pupils,” said Taki. “It reminded me how much I learnt about music when I was their age, and it’s great to share my love for the violin and for singing with them. It was also really nice to hear how many of the Green Oak pupils are learning instruments: it’s a fantastic thing to keep up through your childhood and into your teenage years.”
“Music is too often under threat in the primary sector,” added Mark Shepherd, who has now taken Music Assemblies to five local schools in an ever-expanding programme. “Even short performances by slightly older musicians can have a really inspiring impact on young children, and the assemblies are great fun for all of us.”
Music Assemblies are part of Charterhouse’s wider partnership work in the arts, including Arty Afternoons for Godalming school-children during Artifex, the sharing of our theatre and concert spaces with other local schools, and the annual hosting of the District Young Musicians’ Competition. A number of Carthusians also perform with the Godalming Youth Orchestra, which is directed by Charterhouse’s head of brass, David Wright.