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Singing for East London!

On Monday 11th February, the Swanlea Choir took part in the Stratford and East London Music Festival, an annual competition for all musicians in South Woodford.

The choir were entered for two categories, Youth Choir-Open and Youth Choir-Theatre. In the Open class they performed in Latin, “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck and “Colours of the Wind” from Pocahontas by Alan Menken. After giving a most musical and confident performance they were awarded second place behind reigning champions, Modality, a superb choir who performed “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins and “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman with slick choreography!

In the Theatre class Swanlea relaxed a little and showed off their fun side with “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Seasons of Love” from Rent, bringing home the trophy for first prize!

The adjudicator gave his very fair and helpful comments on both performances. He made positive references to their gentle choral tone and offered advice on how to achieve a better balance between all voices in the group. Something to develop for next year!

For some, this was their first competition, although for Maya Khan of 9C this was her third year of competing with Swanlea! When asked what she liked best about singing in the choir, Maya said

“Singing really relaxes me and I love it when we sing in two and three part harmonies as it just sounds so good!”

We’d love more students to be involved, especially the boys! Swanlea, if you like singing then head to M5 after school on Tuesdays and see what’s happening. You will be very welcome!

Well done to all who took part this year. We are very proud of you.

1st Sopranos: Harriet Nodder, Halima Begum, Saima Ahmed, Mariam Ali, Ana Maria Loladze, Silvia Zakir, Kezia Stanley, Cerian Bright,


2nd Sopranos: Anjuma Anbia, Maya Khan, Naima Anbia, Aamna Malik, Maisha Azizur, Daania Iqbal, Isra Alam, Aaliyah Khan


3rd/Altos: Adi Khan, Ameer Alyas

 

 

LAMDA!

 Kezia Stanley of 7A recently starred in the Year 7 Drama club performance as the lead role, Terry Dumpton, in “The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty.” Kezia recently completed her LAMDA Level 1 award in Shakespeare with a DISTINCTION! Mrs Coulson caught up with her to find out all about it.

Mrs C: What is LAMDA and how did you get involved with it?

Kezia: LAMDA stands for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. I found out about it because I joined an acting club outside of school called Pollyanna Training Theatre. They have a great website so to find out more about them you can visit: www.pollyannatheatre.org

Mrs C: Your certificate says that your Award is in Shakespeare. What did you have to do?

Kezia: The category that I was tested on was called Shakespeare Studies. I read an extract of Helena’s speech from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ After memorising my lines, it was time for the exam. I was marked on my knowledge of the play and the presentation of my speech. I had to demonstrate that I had a really good understanding of the character and the scene. I had to use movement and facial expressions to convince the examiner that I was Helena.

Mrs C: That sounds interesting! I bet you learned a lot about ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Did you choose that category?

Kezia: Yes, I did. There are many other exams you can do such as Musical Theatre and Acting. Right now I am doing Poems and Prose.

Mrs C: Well done on getting a DISTINCTION! 91/100- wow! You must be really pleased?

Kezia: I was! I got a really nice certificate and some good feedback in the comments from the examiner so I definitely know what to expect next time.

If you would like to know more about LAMDA, visit their website: https://www.lamda.ac.uk/ or speak to Miss Blackford or Kezia!

 

 

TeachMeet East London 2018!

Compass School, Mulberry School for Girls, St. Gabriel’s College, and Swanlea School have brought together just a few examples of some of the excellent practice that takes place every day in the classrooms in our Hub. Our aims for this evening are to both learn from the excellent practice of others and to celebrate the outstanding teaching of our partner schools in a relaxed and informal setting.

Please click here for the programme.