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Musical pupils at Smallwood Manor take to the stage for parents

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PUPILS and parents were regaled with ‘outstanding’ musical performances as a school near Uttoxeter held its Summer Serenade.

Smallwood Manor Preparatory School, in Marchington, held the concert as an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their musical virtuosity to parents and other guests as they took to the stage.

A programme of 15 performances included both solo and ensemble pieces from the pupils, as well as Smallwood’s award-winning choir.

Teacher Mr Banks also treated the audience as he delivered a farewell performance on the tuba, after he announced he will be retiring following 21 years of loyal service in the music department.

A spokesman said that Smallwood is committed to developing pupils’ interest in music, and all year three pupils receive violin lessons as part of the curriculum.

He added that this foundation serves pupils in good stead and the school’s choir is a regular winner at the Derby Arts Festival.

Two Smallwood pupils have also recently performed in The Woodard Young Musician Competition which was held in London.

Mike Harrison, headmaster of Smallwood Manor, praised the performance.

He said: “I am always hugely proud of the talent on display at the Summer Serenade across all year groups, and this year was no exception with a great variety of instruments and high quality performances throughout.”

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