Despite the ongoing events of Brexit, Talbot Heath school offered a celebration of everything European thanks to the fifth linguists' Dinner that took place on the eve of half term. Once again it proved to be an international success...
The variety of girls' (and staff) talent was displayed to the 111 guests, and encompassed the five languages taught at Talbot Heath: French, Latin, Spanish, Italian and German. Bravo to all involved in the evening: the pupils who performed and waited on tables, staff who performed, organised and attended the annual event, and to parents who supported. A special thanks goes to David Hancock and his catering team for providing a sumptuous five course banquet for the evening. The menu (a tasty mix of art, literature, music and dance) was as follows:
Starters: On écrit sur les murs (We write on the walls) (Romano Musumarra, Jean Marie Moreau), sung by Jess Griffiths, Fleur Lindsay, Lucy Lockwood, Molly Taylor and Lily Trevillion. Also the Winter movement, Largo from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, by Amy Jackson on violin... and Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood): Megan Jones, Emily Berridge, Sophie Griffiths, Elizabeth Jarrold and Jasmine Johnson-Cole.
For the main course the audience enjoyed L’enfant et l’oiseau (The child and the bird) (Jean-Paul Cara, Joe Gray) sung by Jess Griffiths, Fleur Lindsay, Molly Taylor and Lily Trevillion.
Classics Play: In apodytērio performed by Nour Alawa, Tia Evans, Molly Taylor and Luna Vitolo. Followed by Fière Marie (Proud Mary) danced by Sophie Griffiths, Jasmine Johnson-Cole and Marianna Tomkins. And Cielito Lindo (Lovely Sky), sung by Molly Taylor with Mr Cheeseman on guitar.
Delicious dessert was Sevillanas; Spanish dance performed by Claudia Glowacka and Megan Jones, followed by Cicero’s speech: Pro Milone 34, by Jasmine Johnson-Cole. With Batti Batti from Mozart’s Don Giovanni sung by Iolla Grace. And Italian play: Nemico Di Chi? (Whose Enemy?) performed by Emily Berridge, Elizabeth Jarrold and Darina Osipenkova.
Fromage was supplied by Les roses étaient toutes rouges (Spleen/The roses were all red) by Poldowski, sung by Iolla Grace. And Arbolé, Arbolé (Tree, tree), poem by Federico García Lorca, recited by Kynza Kendall-Jones.
Just when the audience thought they had avoided indigestion the staff band - Le Talbot Heathens - performed Ça plane pour moi, (original by Plastic Bertrand, revised lyric by Mr Butcher) and 99 Luftballons (99 balloons) by Nena.
Coffee was supped watching Ellie Burrage, Ursula Gannon, Emily McPartland, Sophie Griffiths, Jasmine Johnson-Cole and Marianna Tomkins dance the Can-can. A vibrant and dramatic end to what had been a superb evening.