|Quotes & Letters - Royal Albert Hall: Redbridge Schools' Choral Festivals|
As the Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community Services, I would like to congratulate all the participants and organisers of the Redbridge Schools Choral Festival 2014 "Hopes and Dreams" at the Royal Albert Hall.
It was a magnificent concert. The selection and variety of the pieces presented was so well thought out. The performances of the singers and musicians was of an incredibly high standard. The use of the overhead screens to show some of the excellent art work from children at a selection of schools to fit in with the songs was imaginative. The way that the screens were also used to interpret and emphasise the messages that the songs and music were conveying was so moving and so original. Eric you and your staff must be so proud of what was achieved by so many people at the festival. My thanks and appreciation to everyone involved, be it young people, choirs, musicians, staff, technicians, parents the friends and everyone that played their part in the production of such a memorable evening in an incredible venue. I must not forget Vivyan Ellacott for his professional and articulate comparing. What a fantastic display of talent from Redbridge Music School was on display for all to enjoy and be proud of, be it a participant or the audience. Thank you to you all for a night I shall remember for a long time. My very best wishes and congratulations to you all for bringing such enjoyment to so many people.
Cllr Joyce Ryan, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community Services.
The Mayoress and I would like to thank and congratulate you, Graham Smith and all concerned for a magnificent Redbridge Schools Choral Concert on 22nd March. It is a tribute to Redbridge and the Music Service that we can put on a magnificent concert such as this. We would also like to thank you for your kind donation to my Charity Appeal, which is very much appreciated.
Cllr Chris Cummins
The Worshipful the Mayor
Thank you and your team for once again putting on a magnificent 'show' and educational opportunity for all the children. I'm delighted that it will continue in future.
Warmest congratulations for a particularly splendid concert. Really very enjoyable and also fantastic to see the children and young people perform so well and have such a terrific time. Please pass on my thanks to your staff.
Director of Children’s Services
The RAH 2012 was fantastic last night. Thanks to you and your staff for all the hard work. The children and young people appeared to enjoy the event very much.
Chief Officer - Services to Young People
I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday evening's concert and write to thank you for the opportunity to be part of the event. It was, I think, my 9th consecutive Albert Hall concert and I am delighted to hear that the prospects are good for there being a 10th in 2014!
We in the NRWO are very proud of our association with the Music Service, and grateful for all the help we have received over the years, and it is pleasing to me that we were so well represented at the concert by singers, schoolteachers, helpers, players and a wonderful composer/conductor who are all members of our group.
You should be justifiably proud of the performance as a whole and of the enduring tradition of high quality contribution that the Music Service makes to life in the Borough. Long may it continue.
The proposed hub will no doubt offer exciting new opportunities and if the NRWO can help in any way please let me know.
New Redbridge Wind Orchestra
. . . we would all like to say how wonderful it was yet again to be part of the extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall. The children gain so much from the experience and we are all so proud of what they achieve. The Redbridge Music Service truly offers such amazing opportunities for our young people. Thank you – it was very reassuring to know that it will continue!
Regards and well done once again!
Oakdale Junior School
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how impressed I was with the Albert Hall concert on Thursday evening – my first experience of this Redbridge event. The music was wonderful and the physical setting glorious but what was most remarkable about the evening was the spectacle of so many children participating together in an event that they will surely remember for the rest of their lives. It was all brilliantly orchestrated – and the amazement on the faces of the primary school children when they found a Chinese dragon among them was something to behold.
Congratulations – and thank you!
Woodford County High School
I had to write to you and let you know how much we all enjoyed the concert at the Royal Albert Hall last week. And how thrilled and relieved I am that thank goodness it won't be the last one, as had been threatened. The concert was incredible and, in my opinion, the best one ever. The sheer enjoyment was written all over the children's faces, and it brought a tear to my eye. The atmosphere in the RAH was electric, and I found some of the pieces very emotional. I especially enjoyed Chris Wilcox's "Olympic Visions". What a terrific piece and what a talented composer he is.
The orchestra were absolutely phenomenal (as always), and the dedication and hard work of all the Music School staff and Friends was so apparent. I have put 18 March 2014 in my diary and am sure that the next one will be just as brilliant as all the other concerts have been.
Credit to you and all your staff - a truly amazing evening, and a real achievement for Redbridge. Well done all.
Karen Kaye (formerly Kemp)
I am so pleased that my sister-in-law flew in from Ireland to experience and share in the evening with me. She, like everyone else, was full of praise and overwhelmed by the concert.
What a fantastic music service we have, really dedicated staff and talented students all working together to make inspiring music. I thought the chosen pieces of music were excellent, a nice selection and a good variety.
I was particularly pleased with the finale; I am a real fan of Les Miserables, having seen it at least twelve times! The singing of Jerusalem too is very special, particularly at the Albert Hall I feel. I know that a great deal of hard work went into producing such an awe inspiring concert and I am grateful to all those involved.
Eric, please pass on my congratulations, thanks and best wishes to all your staff and schools involved.
A quick message Eric before my sister in law has got to get moving to the airport. What a wonderful night! I was so proud and privileged that the biennial came in my year. I will write a letter properly later today but I thought I just had to say thank you and congratulations to all those involved for a magical evening!
Dear Mr Forder,
My daughter was lucky enough to be chosen to dance with the Yiddish dance group, and it has been an amazing experience not only for her, but for all involved. They first met at the end of last year, with various differing experiences of dance- some had done more, others had done very little. Yet they all bonded together under the amazing leadership of Allison Woodward. How lucky Redbridge is to have someone like her, not only have the children learnt a new form of dance, but they have developed their interpersonal skills whilst having fun learning new things and exercising at the same time. Allison has worked tirelessly with them, even with an injury herself, to reach the high standard we saw last night, and they were a credit to all their hard work. It would be lovely to think this was the start of something new, and that it might become a regular item in the choral festival to allow more children to participate in such a worthwhile event. It really is a shame to think that this dance, which they all worked so hard on, may only be seen once. Perhaps if you are having any other events this year they could perform it again for you as I know they all enjoyed it from the smiles on their faces.
Thank you for all the good work you and your team do with the young people of Redbridge.
Dear Mr Forder,