Really, you should have been there. Their reaction was something I shall never forget. Try to imagine the scene! Half a dozen lumbering oafs of muck-covered builders called from their sandwiches to the main hall, sat on assorted upright chairs facing the grand piano, and confronted with poor young DD attempting the likes of "Come into the garden Maud!". It was quite clear that the event was something the likes of which they had never, ever experienced before
I do think they enjoyed it though.
That all sounds to me like piling on the pressure and making a really big thing of it.
Possibly so, but she did get a very good scholarship.