Inside King's-Edgehill School

A Raw Glimpse of Talent and Potential

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 24, 2019 7:40:00 PM

Periodically, I record my various ensembles for playback and reflective analysis. Such is the case in this clip. I have a stellar group of enthusiastic musicians in this term's Grade 10 Fine Arts Music class. They arrive to class eager to learn new material and perform. They cooperate and support each other, and they are always focused. Of equal importance to me is that they have fun. This week, I am submitting another unedited video of a typical rehearsal class with this entertaining bunch. That day, I asked the singers to really focus on intonation and blending their unison passages, and the band to be conscientious when playing their syncopated chord progressions. Don't worry if you are not familiar with these musical features; I'll just tell you that they did a solid job of both. This is  Grace Gallant’s  (electric bass) comment on the performance:

This performance is special to our band as it shows our capabilities of blending and collaborating together musically. Our band throughout the term has bonded and melded together to form a musical group that we are proud of. Each music class is always fun and interesting. We agree on the task for the day and we accomplish learning a new song that same day, leaving us all satisfied and fulfilled. Collaborating has been an important learning lesson for all of us and we hope you enjoy!
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

Oh, What a Night!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 23, 2019 5:14:13 PM

We had our second annual “Arts Gala” on Thursday, April 4. The Gala is our chance as Arts teachers to celebrate the incredible artistic talent that we have at this School. The trophies were presented as the top academic awards in each discipline of the Arts. The Art pins were presented as acknowledgment to the students who are involved with more than two of the Arts, with one for work outside of the classroom such as helping with our Annual School Musical.

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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

A Dramatic Success!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 22, 2019 5:12:11 PM

King’s-Edgehill’s first play production   So Much Drama!  was an incredible success. The talents of each student on stage helped to create a beautiful and hilarious combination of scenes, which was the product of dedication and hard work. With only two performances on March 29th and 30th, we were able to raise over $430 for charities that were chosen specifically by the students. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the students involved, and we hope to continue seeing success with our School play.

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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

Just Like in Olden Days

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 19, 2019 5:13:00 PM

Recently, a collection of our Senior School students performed a collection of short plays in a series they called   So Much Drama!; you can read more about their production in this week’s article by   Ms. Sinclair. What I want to comment on is the collaboration of drama and music. Up until the advent of 'talking picture movies', Vaudeville acts were popular. In most cases, the various skits and performances were stitched together via a musical interlude. Such is the case in   So Much Drama!.   Megumi Tsuji, whom I have featured earlier this year, provided an assortment of piano pieces while the sets were being arranged for each vignette. I have included a copy of the billboard so that you can know the cast and their works. I am very pleased that 'straight-up' drama has found its way back into our Performing Arts programme, offering our non-musical thespians the opportunity to take center stage; however, I am equally pleased that Megumi's contribution elevated essential set changes that would otherwise be downtime for an audience seated in dark silence. I congratulate all cast and crew alike; Bravo!   Click here  to enjoy the performances.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

What Amazing Talent!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 15, 2019 7:44:50 AM

Congratulations to the IB Art Class for their amazing Exhibition last week! They should be very proud of their accomplishments, hard work and dedication. This exhibition marked a lot of “firsts” – it was the largest IB show at our School to date, and we had a record-breaking attendance on Opening Night!
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Topics: Arts At KES, IB Programme, ARTS

Freaky Friday at KES

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 11, 2019 3:32:00 PM

When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another in a way they never could have imagined. In the end, both learn the true power of love and the strength of the bond between a mother and daughter in this heartfelt and hilarious adaptation.

There are 3 performances for the show so come out and support this wonderful cast on:
  • Friday, April 12th 7:00pm
  • Saturday, April 13th 2:00pm & 7:00pm.

There's always something exciting going on at King's-Edgehill School -- it's in the air. You can hear music in the halls, smell healthy meals cooking, see original artwork and performances and feel the energy of students who love to learn. Experience it for yourself! Plan your visit here.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

A Million Dreams can come alive

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 11, 2019 12:44:41 PM

Last night, our School celebrated the 2nd Annual Arts Gala, hosted by seniors   Nicola DuToit  and   Linus Mulherin  and assisted by the Arts Committee Head,   Joanna Bond. The event showcased talent and works from our various programmes of visual art, media art, dance, drama, and music. Midway through the show,   Nicola  (vocals) was joined by three more Grade 12 students,   Sharlene Chan  (vocals), and   Kathleen Balcome  (piano and vocals), and   Antonia Ziegler  (page turner) to perform a piece from the 2017 hit movie, The Greatest Showman, entitled  A Million Dreams  Click here to watch the performance. Their rendition was filled with passion and musicality and delivered an appealing message. The chorus of the song sums up nicely the ethos of art, in my opinion:

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

Freaky Friday The Musical

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 8, 2019 9:13:01 PM

You are invited to attend our Junior School performance of Freaky Friday on Friday, April 12th at 7:00pm and Saturday, April 13th at 2:00pm & 7:00pm. 

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Topics: Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

KES Music Miles High

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 2, 2019 8:07:38 AM

Part 1  - As I arrived to school the last morning of term before the March break and entered the Margaret Vair McLellan Concert Hall, I immediately invoked thoughts of Miles Davis. Greeting me was a collage of sound produced by a few students warming up. Yes, I arrive there each day to the sounds of students preparing for rehearsal of different bands; however, that morning was different. Given that quite a few students departed early for the break to embark on different school trips or early scheduled flights home, the soundscape was less cluttered than usual. I chose not to interrupt them and instead, I turned on a small recorder that I keep close at hand. Listen to this short clip I’ve entitled   Early Morning Mayhem.
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Topics: Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

Freaky Friday

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 18, 2019 8:09:24 AM

You are invited to attend our Junior School performance of Freaky Friday on Friday, April 12th at 7:00pm and Saturday, April 13th at 2:00pm & 7:00pm. 

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter. For Freaky Friday we have the two leads; Hannah and Maya talk about their role in the play and their experiences in theatre.

My name is Maya Faucher and I am the mother (Katherine) in Freaky Friday. Katherine is about to have her own wedding with her fiancé Mike. Katherine’s daughter Ellie is a typical teenage girl that Katherine has trouble handling sometimes. This will be my 6th play at KES. I was a daughter in the play ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, a backup singer in ‘School Of Rock’, a stepsister in ‘Cinderella’, and part of the ensemble in the plays ‘42nd Street’ and ‘Mama Mia’. I am very excited to end my Junior School musical experience with such a fun play like ‘Freaky Friday’! I hope you enjoy our show!

My name is Hannah Bryant and for this year’s Junior School Musical, ‘Freaky Friday’, I am playing the daughter, Ellie Blake. I love participating in musicals, being on stage singing and dancing is my happy place. Ever since I was young, I have competed in music festivals singing and playing the piano, so I was introduced to music at a young age. In Grade 6, I was Arial in ‘The Little Mermaid’ for my school musical. Last year in Grade 8 when I came to at King’s-Edgehill, I joined the Senior School musical, ‘42nd Street’, playing Phillis. Later in the year, I was the fairy godmother in ‘Cinderella’, the Junior School musical. This year I was in the ensemble for the Senior School musical, ‘Mamma Mia’, which was a blast. I am very excited about this year’s performance for ‘Freaky Friday’, and I hope to see you there!

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

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