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29 February 2016

Shells Poetry and Music Evening 2016

Last Thursday a selection of Shells, English and Music staff, together with parents gathered in Long Gallery for a wonderful evening of poetry and music. The word ‘wonderful’ is not used lightly, as there was much talent and creativity to wonder at. The focal point of the evening was the recitation by one member of each of the Shell classes of a poem of their choice, ranging from ‘Blackberry Picking’ (Heaney) through ‘Caged Bird’ (Angelou) to ‘Hour’ (Duffy). A prize was awarded by Laura Blake from the Drama Department, who commented on the particular pace, characterisation or clarity of each rendition. Imogen Gallego was pronounced the winner for her moving and mature interpretation of ‘Hour’. The class prize for the general standard of poetry performance was awarded to Shell C, much to the delight of Miss Barrett! Accompanying this, were readings of parental choices – a Canford version of ‘Poetry Please’ – together with Shell students’ own creations. A number of poetry forms were represented here, culminating in a poignant reflection on the plight of Syria, told through a series of noun phrases. All these delights were punctuated by individuals and groups from the Music Department, showcasing the very best of their own composition on a cosmic theme, and ending with the string group’s performance of the third movement of ‘Summer’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

It was an uplifting evening reminiscent of times past, when groups would gather to while away long winter evenings by sharing their love of music and words.

Reporting by Sarah Holland

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