The most recent event in celebration of Packwood’s 125th anniversary was a concert last Saturday evening. The theatre was filled with parents and friends of the school in anticipation of an evening of music and song and the event certainly lived up to – and exceeded – expectations!
The Chairman of the 125 Committee, Howard Bourne, had invited the Fron Male Voice Choir to perform. In addition there were performances from some Old Packwoodians, from lots of current pupils and from the Packwood Choir.
The evening began with five pieces from the Fron Choir, including an animated version of ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor’ which caused a good deal of amusement. Then came Nicola Hughes OP who played Mozart’s Ronda Alla Turka on piano; and she was followed by current pupils, Lucy Mielczarek on piano, Claudia Tate on harp, Eve Leslie who sang, Finn Bowdler on the saxophone and Daniel Garrett on piano. The first half ended with the Fron Choir and the School Choir combining for a medley of songs from Les Miserables. The combination of adult and child voices worked really well, despite a very brief rehearsal!
The second half began with five more pieces from the Fron. The last of these was Laudamus, the first piece learned by the choir when they were formed in 1947. OP siblings Linden and Romy Grigg took to the stage next, Linden on piano before Romy joined him to sing ‘Homeward Bound’. We were then entertained by a string trio, by Cai Harrison on trombone, Joseph Bowdler on piano, Wilf Peers who sang, and the Packwood Choir with ‘Go, Tell it on the Mountain’.
To round the evening off, the two choirs united again for ‘World in Union’ followed by the National Anthem and the Welsh Anthem, before performers and audience made their way home at the end of a memorable evening.