RED NOSE DAY - Friday 24th March
The day started off with everyone enjoying their breakfast at school kindly prepared by Mike and his team and served by Miss Ashton, Mr Duncan and Mrs Ellis. This was followed by the ukulele group under the direction of Miss Winstanley playing three well know songs. A former Buchan pupil Freddie Sanders along with Matt Creer performed 'Oh When The Saints' and 'The House of the Rising Sun'. It was wonderful to see and hear him perform so well.
A small group of Form 4 pupils performed before Pre Prep's entertainment. Anna played her cornet, Shannon her flute, Albert the violin, Arthur the piano and finally the talented Magnus and energetic Evan.
The Nursery children along with Pre Prep sang some warm up songs to show off their knowledge about pitch, tempo, duration and dynamics. Then P1, P2 and P3 sang songs with various actions.
A small group of P2 and P3 girls sang their Guild song which is a Manx Song called 'The Fairies Dance'. The Manx Music Festival is celebrating its 125 anniversary this year and the solos are all Manx Folk Songs. The Guild programme is in Peter Norris' Music Shop and various newsagents to purchase at £4 each.
The Bluebirds sang their Guild pieces 'Rainbow Connection' and 'You Gotta Be Good'. It was good that they got the opportunity to rehearse in front of a large audience to ensure that they all revise their words during the holidays in case they forget them. They sang beautifully and I was very proud of them.
The ocarina group did a grand performance of 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'. The parents and staff found it tricky to recognise at first but during the second performance they managed to identify it. Well done to Mrs Grace who led the performance.
What a fabulous start to the day's Red Nose Fundraising.
Thank you to Mrs Ellis, Mrs Harding and Mrs Darroch for collecting and counting the money.
The afternoon began with Isabelle, Rhona, Evan and Magnus singing solos and Ben and David playing piano pieces. What amazing talented Form 4 pupils we have at the Buchan. Thanks must go to our terrific peripatetic staff who prepared them for their solos. Thank you to Miss Ballantyne who played for some of the Girls' solos and prepared them so well.
Thank you to the parents who collected and counted money and to Mrs Ellis who helped again!
The Chamber Choir excelled themselves by singing their pieces unaided so beautifully and they had so many wonderful comments about their performances afterwards. The Boys' Choir and Girls' Choir sang their pieces well but certain parts and entries need rehearsing and a revision of words during the holidays would not go amiss.
The Guild Soloists sang very well indeed and the event helped them to build up their confidence in performing in front of a large audience.
The Rock Bands were AMAZING! We enjoyed the Form 3's version of 'Stressed Out', the Form 4's 'Hold Back The River', the Form 1's 'Impossible' and the Form 2's 'Hall Of Fame'. When they become rich and famous they all have to remember their wonderful music teacher (hint, hint). Not forgetting of course Mr Paul Howard!
The whole RED NOSE DAY was seriously BRILLIANT! The final amount raised still needs to be counted but we think will be around £700-800.
Well done to everyone involved.
Next Major Buchan Music Challenge is the Guild (Manx Music Festival – 125 Year Anniversary). Let us see if we can retain some trophies and the fabulous Vancouver Shield! Guild Programmes are now on sale.
Choir members and soloists please keep rehearsing the songs over the Easter Holidays as we all wish you the best of luck!
Sue Mills (Head of Buchan Music)