Easter treat for seniors, staff at Westmeath
Just before school finished for Easter, the senior and junior musicians from BHS paid a visit to Westmeath to perform for the seniors there. We received a very warm and friendly welcome from both seniors and staff when we arrived.
We had flutes, violins, clarinets and saxophones as part of our ensemble. We played Easter music such as Daisy, Daisy, Let's Go Fly a Kite and Pachelbel's Canon. We also had solos and duets including The Entertainer performed by Daina Babeckas, Barcarolle played by the “Two Avas” — Ava Adams and Ava Gibson and a flute duet called Old MacDonald played by Nia Rynne and Cassidy Davis.
Many of the children wore their Easter Bonnets adorned with bows, flowers, eggs, chicks and bunnies! As we played we could see that the seniors were very pleased. They tapped their feet and clapped their hands as they listened! And during Let's Go Fly a Kite many seniors sang along with us.
Before we left, Cassidy Davis handed out chocolate Easter eggs to the seniors who listened to our music. Many of them said that the old, familiar music brought back many joyful memories. They were so happy with our visit that they asked us to come back as soon as possible to play for them again.
It was an amazing experience and it felt good to know that we were helping the seniors in our community. After we performed we all had our picture taken on the steps outside with Dr Tully and Mrs Linda Parker, our principal (and they wore their Easter Bonnets as well!).
Mrs Parker was so impressed with our performance that she asked us to play next day at our final School Assembly before we went home for Easter. So we did! We played Let's Go Fly a Kite and Pachelbel's Canon and the whole school and all the teachers sang the lyrics of Let's Go Fly a Kite as we played!
We had such a great time and we can't wait to go back to Westmeath to perform there. Have an “egg-cellent” Easter holiday everyone!
Genevieve Lau and Olivia Hill are Year Seven students.