SWeet! Students Sweep The Board!

On Sunday 10th November SWeet! competed in the recorder classes of the Beckenham Festival. Our consorts won The Martin Butler Cup and The Consort Cup, and two of our students jointly won the Sheila Richards Cup for solo performance. The adjudicator especially noted our students’ sensitive playing and super articulation. Everyone achieved an Honours score which is 85/100 and above!

We are super proud of each and every one of our talented and hard-working students who gave of their best to put on this amazing show. Many thanks to the adjudicator Rosanna Whitfield, accompanist Phoebe Yu and organiser Krista Partridge and her wonderful team.

Beckenham Festival Here We Come!

We are very excited because next weekend SWeet! will compete in the Beckenham Festival and preparations are in full swing!
Here are video clips of two students rehearsing solo performances with their amazing accompanist Phoebe Yu. Our Steppingstones (beginner) student plays Turn The Glasses Over (Traditional, arr. Robin Hagues), and our Senior Superstars (advanced) student plays Burlesca alla Rumba (Gordon Jacob)

If you would like to hear more, please come along to support us!
Sunday 10th November 2019 at 9.45am
Marian Vian Primary School,
Shirley Crescent,
Beckenham
BR3 4AZ
£4 entry fee
We look forward to seeing you there!

Medieval & Renaissance Dance Workshop

On Tuesday 1st October 2019 we put on our dancing shoes as Tim Walker, a Medieval and Renaissance dance expert, taught us dances from Orchesography by Thoinot Arbeau 1520-1595.  We learned several Branles or Bransles (pronounced, we learned, “Braun” if using the French).  In Branle Des Cheveaux – English Horses’ Brawl – on one step we pawed at the ground like a horse.  In Bransle les Lavandieres – English Washerwoman’s Brawl – we waggled our fingers at our partners before doing the washing together.  In Branle des Pois – English Peas Brawl – the boys and girls took it in turns to jump and shout “POP”, like a lot of peas popping in the summer sun.
 
A huge SWeet! THANK YOU to the wonderful Tim, also known as The Dancing Mister, for a thoroughly enjoyable and very informative evening.  Next time we play any dance music from this period on recorders we will understand exactly how we should perform it, especially when choosing an appropriate tempo.
 
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