The annual Midsummer Soirée – the last music event of the year – had a special Jubilee twist this year. Union jack bunting decorated the marquee, and there were some ‘last night of the proms’ favourites on the programme designed to get the audience singing along.
The Jubilee Soirée was opened up to the general public, as well as Ipswich school parents, staff and pupils, so that we could all join forces to celebrate 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne. Over 400 people enjoyed the sunshine on the school field, as well as music from various Senior School and Prep School ensembles.
Particular crowd favourites were We are the Champions sung by the Prep Chamber Choir (and the audience!), The Snare Band’s version of Can’t Stop by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and the joint orchestras playing The Radetzky March, an “All-Action” medley, Pomp and Circumstance and the familiar sound of Dambusters. The finale saw all performers back ‘on stage’ as Mrs Steensma put it: “for the National Anthem and a bit of a party!” as everyone finished by singing Sweet Caroline before putting away their picnics and chairs for another year.
Thanks so much to all the musicians and music teachers involved, to the catering staff and team from Ipswich School Sports Centre for providing a delicious BBQ and bar, to the estates team and CCF cadets for their organisational work, and to everyone who came and joined in the fun.