A seemingly endless procession of paired children aged between five and six trickled into St. Chad’s Parish Centre, wide eyed and whispering nervously to one another. Coats and jackets were hung up, with a great deal of confusion and herding, but after a short time we had sixty pairs of crossed legs on the floor and sixty eager young faces looking up at us.
We started off with the “Mango” song. The children started off timidly singing to their shoes but with some first class bolstering from Martin we had them dancing along and singing their lungs out.
The children engaged in a mix and mingle session with our Musical ARC members. We served plates of assorted barfi and numerous jugs of mango juice. I watched in amusement as some children gulped them down eagerly and others spat them out with a look of revulsion.
I sat with Shehnaaz as pupils in small groups shyly approached us and asked to play our drums. I was impressed that many of the pupils recognised Shehnaaz from a previous musical arc assembly; many recalled learning how to guide the blind.