Before half term, I set the boys the challenge of composing their own musical composition based on the Carnival of the Animals and Dr. Maslin and I were so impressed with the entries which showcased wonderfully original and imaginative musical talent across different year groups.

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The winning entries were:

Senior School: Noah S – Butterfly

Middle School: Alexander W – March of the Elephants

Max G – Cat and Mouse
Charlie F – Elephant composition
Derek Y –  Composition – Animal Theme – A wonderful array of animals comprising:

  1. Duck
  2. Tiger
  3. Whale
  4. Eagle
  5. Bear
  6. Spider
  7. Snake
  8. Octopus

I have included below Alexander’s description which accompanied his piece:

It starts with the lonely elephant (Tuba) by himself, then he hears a little baby elephant (Trumpet) and then they walk together for a bit, enjoying each other’s company. Then some more elephants join them (Horn) in a chorus of joyful elephants. Suddenly, a snake slithers out and frightens the animals (cellos and shakers) and then the birds come in to restore peace (Flutes and woodwind) and calm the elephants down. Then the grand lions come out with a regal lion dance and march (tenor drums and trombones). Finally, all the elephants and lions come together for the grand finale at the end (mostly all the instruments).

Well done, boys, and I am sure that Saint-Saens would have approved!

Mr Yeats-Brown