Friday, 27 June 2014

Word of the Week - Performance

Posted by Rosie

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performance

pərˈfôrməns
noun


an act of staging or presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment.




With the school and sports years drawing to a close here in France, Simon and I have been party to a whole host of performances of one sort or another over the last week or so.


A serious and rather nervous Tom
First there was Tom's school choir and theatre show in the local cinema. Being English and trying to understand a somewhat odd story rather mumbled by young actors did make this a bit of a non-event for us. The singing was however a lot better ... if only Tom had smiled!  He said he was nervous, poor lad, this being the first time he has sung in front of so many people.

Sunday again saw Tom in the limelight.  He had qualified to represent Normandy in the 50m hurdles at Vire.  There were 3 heats and he won his in his best time to date.  Well run that lad!  However under the French system it is the fastest 7 who qualify for the final and despite winning he was 8th in speed so missed the final.  But winning in his best time was a brilliant performance!

Tom, second from right, about to win his heat

Both Monday and Thursday saw Tom performing again.  Monday was his music theory show where he sang (looking serious!) and Thursday his saxophone show ... where again he looked serious!  In fairness though, I think you always look a bit serious when playing a saxophone!  Despite the seriousness he did well at both and proved you do not need musical parents to be able to sing and play an instrument.

Tom, right, playing saxophone

The week is however not without a performance from Ben as he will be acting in the show his school is putting on for the school fête on Sunday.  He's really looking forward to it.  We rather think we may not understand much of it!

Have you been to any performances this week?   Or have you performed in any?  Please do let us know in a comment.

12 comments :

  1. Wow a lot of performances that must have made you very proud. It was J's sports day yesterday which was great to watch. Hope you have a good weekend x #WotW

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    1. It was a lot and now he's on holiday and sleeping!

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  2. How lovely-and very proud parent moments too :) My daughter is going to be performing at Symphony Hall soon in her school choir-that will be very exciting.

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    1. Wow - Symphony Hall - that is impressive. Tom would be terrified!

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  3. What a great week.....All the performances sound brilliant! My youngest is in a concert today at the secondary school...She has been so excited about it! She's been dying to visit the school my eldest is going to in September! Parents were not invited! Boo!

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  4. Busy busy week! Sounds fab though, and even if Tom looked serious and felt nervous, looks like he did a great job! #WotW
    Take care
    Lucas
    http://abstractlucas.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Merci - hopefully he'll be less nervous next time!

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  5. Aww I used to play the Sax so well done Tom he looks like a pro and well done for the hurdles too, difficult stuff :) It's moments like these that make a mama proud and hope Ben's performance goes well next week.

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    1. Thank you and Ben was great - he was one of the few kids who talked loud enough to hear and he loved every minute of being on stage.

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  6. Busy Tom! Just reading his schedule is tiring already! Congrats to all the recognition and performances! And good luck to Ben for his performances too =) #wotw

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    1. It was a tiring schedule and he's recovering now that his school holidays have started. Ben did do well too :)

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