SINGING IN THE RAIN AT PROMS IN THE QUAD
Around 600 members of the Berkhamsted School community gathered at the Castle Grass Quad to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the School’s popular Proms in the Quad on Sunday 22 June.
Despite the gloomy weather forecast, everyone was cautiously optimistic that the weather might hold as the sun shone during the opening numbers. But it was not to be! As families settled down to relax, setting out their picnics and enjoying the selection of music performed by pupils and staff of the School, the skies started to darken. Then the rain came and everyone huddled under their brollies, determined to weather the downpour and support the performers; hopeful that the rain might blow over. And it did, briefly, but then returned as if determined to try and clear the Grass Quad of those equally determined stalwarts who were resolutely bobbing their umbrellas up and down to show their continued support of the School’s talented singers and musicians. The rain won in the end, however, with a decision taken, before the last couple of numbers and the finale of traditional Proms anthems, to call a halt to the proceedings due to technical difficulties as a result of the rain. Head of Music at Berkhamsted School Ben Noithip said: “Many thanks and well done to all who performed, or were meant to perform, at Proms in the Quad. It was a real shame that the rain meant that the show had to finish earlier than planned. I know there were several numbers left to perform where people and groups had rehearsed for many months in preparation for this event.” Thanks also to The Friends of Berkhamsted School, the Music Department and our theatre technicians for all their efforts in organising this important school community event, and to those who came along to support it. We look forward to a sunnier Proms next year!