Music has always been an intrinsic and valued part of education at Godolphin and, on Saturday, we celebrated this in a unique and very special event.
Eight of our talented Old Girls came back to perform to a large audience of former staff, parents and friends. Over a delicious high tea of sandwiches, cakes and scones, the audience enjoyed a varied programme of performances from clarinet quintets and flute quartets by Mozart to songs by Paloma Faith and Frank Sinatra. OG Emma Ballantine (Godolphin 1998 – 2005) who is a professional singer/songwriter opened the event with three arresting and moving folk songs she had written in response to stories people had told her through the years. To close, operatic soloist Helen Youings (Godolphin 1980 – 1987) sang ‘Signore Ascolta’ from Puccini’s Turandot as well as ‘The Sun Whose Rays’ from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado with great expression. As they introduced their pieces, many of the performers said how lovely it was to be back at Godolphin, where their love of music began and where their talents were first encouraged and nurtured.