There is no doubt that, in general, our Carey students performed magnificently through the challenges of the recent lockdowns. This is clearly evident in music and theatre. The strong commitment to online instrumental lessons was so impressive, and the regular streamed concerts provided strong evidence of what can be achieved under difficult conditions. In theatre I have had the pleasure of working with the cast of the Middle School Play where students lodged auditions electronically and have been rehearsing industriously since the start of the term through a Teams hook up. My award for commitment would go to a Year 7 student who was logged on and was happily taking her part in a scene rehearsal from the backseat of a car whilst being driven home from school.
Now we are back. We have enjoyed our first whole cast play rehearsal in the flesh. The bands, orchestras and choirs are reforming. Hallelujah! Our building will soon be resounding not just to single instruments but to ensembles – groups of young musicians sharing music together. Yes, we did amazing things online. But nothing beats the value of making music or theatre together in the same physical space. Of course we do need to be COVID-sensible, to take precautions and follow medical advice. But it is so exciting to be back together creating great experiences.
There is now a huge amount of research which backs the huge benefits of shared music making. The sense of shared purpose which is in integral part of singing in a choir, playing in a band or putting on a play is well documented as being hugely beneficial to human development.
We are thrilled to be back together. We hope that we will be able to share some of our exciting work through forthcoming streamed events. Maybe we’ll even be able to have a live audience!
Head of Music