First virtual ILP concert enthralls audience
Monday 06 July 2020
By Mikey Wilson
Bolingbroke Academy recently hosted its first ever virtual Instrumental Lesson Programme concert. A mere matter of days before it was initially scheduled, it was announced that schools were to close, so three long months passed before the dedicated instrumentalists were able to showcase their skills.
The event kicked off with a pre-recorded video performance from Eddie Peacock, whose rendition of ‘High Street’ on trombone set the tone for a great afternoon. As ever, there was a wide range of musical styles on offer, from the more traditional - Morgan Ruff’s flute performance of ‘Troika’ by Provokiev - to the better-known, more contemporary music such as Sophia Acanfora’s ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles on guitar. Each performances had the virtual audience captivated, with messages of support and admiration flooding in via the chat throughout the afternoon. The concert was concluded splendidly by the wonderfully talented Jaynie King, who charmed the audience with her performance of Randy Newman’s ‘Almost There’ - a fitting end to a brilliant occasion.
Our thanks must go to all of our instrumental tutors who continue to deliver lessons in whatever way they can in these testing circumstances, enabling our pupils to have the best musical education they possibly can. We must also thank the parents of our musicians who manage to keep them motivated to improve as musicians despite the conditions, and of course our instrumentalists, who performed so brilliantly.