Afternoon break on Tuesday 25th April, took on a different dimension, as the whole school was treated to a short concert by Uppingham's 9.5 A Cappella Group. Their performance certainly had the 'wow' effect on everyone present.
The seven 9.5 performers aged just 15 to 18 introduced themselves before performing intricate arrangements of: I want it that way (Backstreet Boys), One way (Oasis), Bare Necessities and Goodnight Sweetheart.
The members of 9.5 then worked with S. Anselm's own Boys' A Cappella Group on their piece for this evening's concert: Counting Stars. They talked about having confidence - particularly in movement - making friends with the audience and knowing they're on your side. They then coached our children on each aspect of their piece - singing and performance.
Next it was the Chappel Choir's turn and 9.5 worked with them to rehearse a joint finale for the evening concert.
At 5.30pm it was time for the concert with parents and families. The concert opened with Uppingham's Head of Singing, Catherine Griffiths and 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Winner, Andrew Kennedy performing a duet from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni: 'Là ci darem la mano'.
We then heard the results of the coaching our S. Anselm's Boy's A Cappella Group had received during the afternoon, followed by a fabulous selection of pieces performed by 9.5 themselves. 9.5's lead singer James (aged just 16) introduced each of their pieces and joked about his choice of boy band songs for their first few numbers!
The concert finished with 9.5 and the Chapel Choir singing 'Goodnight Sweetheart' - a very polished rendition, considering that the Chapel Choristers had only started learning the piece at 4pm!
It was clear to see and hear how much all the children, parents and family members enjoyed the performances.
Thank you Uppingham and all the members of 9.5 for devoting your time to inspiring our young performers and showing us what can be achieved with hard work and dedication at such a young age. We were very privileged to have 9.5 with us.