James and I almost burst with pride yesterday while watching our children play at The Royal Albert Hall. They are members of the incomparable (and very select) AMC Dance Band which had been invited to the Schools Prom to play before an audience of thousands. It was an amazing night – and should be compulsory watching and listening for all those grumpy old men and women who think today’s kids are tearaways, ne’er-do-wells and layabouts. One of the bands playing consisted of three guitar players and a drummer who could have knocked any of the X-Factor contestants into a cocked hat… one of them arrived on crutches and gigged like a trouper. As compere Howard Goodall remarked – music has the power to heal… Click here to go to the AMC Royal Albert Hall video AMC Dance Band.
None of this would be possible without the amazing teachers who take very little of the glory, a point also made by Howard who was brought up in Thame and whose father was headmaster at Lord Williams’s School. I interviewed him a couple of years ago for Oxfordshire Life magazine.