Last Friday my children did me very, very proud. They took part in a concert of remembrance with their school choir, alongside the choirs of other local schools. It was more special because they go to the only Welsh medium school in the area.
It was a long, wet and cold night with the concert being outdoors but watching my little ones sing ‘Calon Lan’ made it all worthwhile. There are a few things though that the organisers could have done for the whole evening to run more comfortably for all.
Put the primary schools first on programme – The youngest members of the primary school choirs are just 4 years old. The children had to be there for 6pm for a 6.30 start. It didn’t finish until 9.30 which led to very tired, bored and cold children. The concert was opened by Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra who (really speaking) played for way too long.
Give each act that is performing an equal length time slot – The orchestra played 3 pieces and they were playing for around 45 minutes to an hour. This was far too long and, while I enjoy ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ I ended up tuning out. As did the children.
The schools each sang an appropriate 2/3 songs but other groups sang 5/6.
Make everything more accessible – I understand when a concert is outside, under the marquee there is going to be mud; however, it would have been great if the organisers had thought of it. We were traipsing through mud to visit the toilets. Not only that but the car park was quite a walk and the flood lights were not turned on.
Despite spending a cold and wet night outside, I love watching the results of the time and the effort spent and appreciate that my children are able to be involved in such events.
Did you do anything special for Remembrance Day? We took part in the parade on Sunday, as well as an assembly on the 11th but more about those in a separate post.
Beth is a 30-something, self-employed Mum rediscovering her connection to British History and nature. Her loves include the discovery of knowledge, walking in the woods, and writing, among others. Beth is a Virtual Assistant at The Happy VA.