What a magical evening we all had! Christmas truly started on the night of Wednesday 14th December when our incredible pupils performed at our first Christmas Carol Concert since the Covid outbreak. Miss Jones and Mrs Booth had put weeks of planning into this event, alongside all of our pupils working hard attending rehearsals in school, afterschool as well as practicing at home. During the afternoon, pupils attended rehearsals at the venue, Penketh Methodist Church, in preparation for the big night, rehearsing and sound checking their pieces.
Miss Clements-Paterson “ I headed over in the afternoon to run some audio and video tests, the atmosphere in the Church was lovely, everyone was very focused but also having fun. All our pupils were extremely well behaved and respectful when others were practicing. I was immensely proud of everyone involved on the night they were elements of nervousness, but they melted away once on stage. It was a phenomenal production all credit to our Music Department, Miss Jones and Mrs Booth’
The evening concert included a variety of performances by Penketh High pupils ranging from solo singers and the ukulele group to Harmonix choir and PHS Ensemble performances. For many pupils, it was their first time performing on a stage and it was fantastic to see the range of abilities and ages performing both individually and collectively in their ensembles. There was a wide variety of repertoire performed including Christmas classics ‘Silent Night’ to festive favourites such as ‘Last Chirstmas.’ Some students also played their own compositions which they had been working hard to produce over several weeks. Our presenters did a fantastic job too, introducing the performances throughout the night, speaking clearly and confidently which made the itinerary run smoothly.
We were also joined by the wonderful pupils from Bewsey Lodge Primary. The pupils performed in a flute ensemble as well as singing several wonderful choir pieces. We were all incredibly impressed with the level of talent and confidence in these young people and we look forward to some of this talent joining us in a few years time!
The evening lasted just under 2 hours and our SLT team came to support our pupils. The room was full and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time at a Penketh High School production once again. A particular highlight was the surprise inclusion of some audience participation to create a performance of the 12 Days of Christmas! It was wonderful to see so many parents and carers involved and there was some healthy competition to see who could sing their line the loudest!
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to support our young people and our school. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and we welcome our pupils back to make a great start to 2023!