Yesterday evening (Monday 23 September), young children from across the region excelled themselves by performing songs from ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, after coming together for the first time that morning.
Milton Abbey, an independent school located between Blandford Forum and Dorchester, hosted the ‘Dreamcoat in a Day’ project for around 125 talented young singers from five different prep schools.
During the day, the visitors practised famous songs from the hit musical with a full band. Each school learnt one song to perform on their own, with the majority of the show being an ensemble effort, led by soloists from the prep schools and Milton Abbey.
During an atmospheric evening performance lasting nearly an hour, parents and guests experienced a full range of songs – from the energetic to the emotional – making the most of the Abbey’s outstanding acoustics and enjoying the multi-coloured decorations.
Ms Nikki Budd, Director of Music at Milton Abbey School, said: “As national BTEC School of the Year, it was exciting to share our experience in, and passion for, practical learning.
“I was so impressed with the standard of performance on the evening, especially considering we only started rehearsing as a group that morning. The younger pupils really should be proud of themselves and I was delighted how well they worked with our music students. I should also thank our band and all the staff who made the event possible.
“As well as giving our visitors an exciting and unique day of performance in a really special venue, I also hope it has encouraged them and their parents to consider studying vocational courses, such as Music, alongside more traditional academic subjects.
“Milton Abbey offers a popular Music BTEC course alongside GCSEs, and in the Sixth Form, BTEC students can study a range of music specialisms, including performance, composition, music production and technology.”
The prep schools involved were Chafyn Grove, Dumpton, Perrott Hill, Sandroyd and Sunninghill.