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Children gearing up for Lord Mayor’s Show in London

November 1st, 2019

Students at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools will be taking part in the world’s greatest unrehearsed civic procession in London.

Dancers and musicians from Monmouth School for Girls will be part of the vibrant and colourful street parade in The Lord Mayor’s Show, on Saturday 9th November.

And pupils in Monmouth School for Boys’ jazz orchestra (MOJO) will be delivering a 30-minute set in Paternoster Square from 1.50pm.

Screened live on the BBC, The Lord Mayor’s Show has been running for eight centuries and combines ancient pomp with patchwork heritage and modern dynamism.

Head of Dance, Ms Rhyan Parry, has been working hard with her 20 dancers, who will be the 16th act in the street parade, carrying the head of a Welsh Dragon and waving flags.

The parade will run from 11am onwards and the Monmouth girls are expected to reach the BBC-televised start of the procession at Mansion House at about 11.15am.

Eight girls will be playing surdos, tambourines and agogô bells in a samba band percussion to accompany the dancers.

The dancers will also be performing a chant, called United as One, which was inspired by three pupils at the school.

The Monmouth pupils are taking part in the glitzy event this year because William Russell, a member of The Haberdashers’ Company, is the new Lord Mayor of London.

The Haberdashers’ Company is the trustee of Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools and Alderman Russell is the 692nd Lord Mayor of London.

“We focused on the Lord Mayor’s pledge of being united in trade and culture to highlight the unity and togetherness of the five schools in the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools’ family,” explained Ms Parry.

“Our schools attract students from different cultures and backgrounds and they are united in values and aspirations to make a positive difference to society.”

Ms Parry added: “The dancers, with pom-poms, will be waving flags, carrying the head of a Welsh Dragon and performing a repeating sequence of movement patterns and switching between props for the duration of the parade.”

Director of Music, Mr Derek Harris; Dance assistant, Mrs Zoe Pritchard and parent volunteer, Mrs Kyle Johnson, will also be taking part in the street parade.

Let’s all move in Sync,
HABS is our name,
Empowerment our aim.

We’re one of a kind,
Yet part of a team,
Working together,
To reach our dreams.

Together we are better,
Together we are strong,
Independent, proud and fun,

Monmouth School for Boys’ jazz orchestra (MOJO) will be playing in Paternoster Square.

Find out more about the event on the Lord Mayor’s official website

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