More than 100 pupils took part in this wonderful evening of music, in front of a capacity audience. The impressive sounds of the combined Lower School and Senior Orchestras opened the concert with a BBC Ten Pieces arrangement of Grieg’s In the hall of the mountain king. To commemorate the recent opening of Spectre, the Senior Orchestra then changed the mood, James Bond style. Year 12 pupil Jerome Yates entertained the audience with a hilarious extract from The secret diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾. It was then the turn of the choirs to perform a selection of Gospel tunes, including: Standing in the need of prayer, Amazing grace and This little light of mine. A change of mood was presented by Rebecca Dover’s stunning performance of Somewhere over the rainbow. The first half ended with the hauntingly beautiful In the bleak midwinter, by Gustav Holst, with memorable solos from Lakshmi Piette and Miles Potts.
Following a leisurely interval, comprising warm mince pies and drinks, the audience enjoyed a range of festive music and another appearance from Adrian Mole himself. There was a world premiere performance of There’s a song in the air, performed and composed by Phoebe Goodings in Year 7. The chamber choir’s performances of The Coventry carol and a medley of songs from Frozen were tremendously well received by the audience. The concert ended with audience participation, in David Willcocks’ uplifting arrangement of O come all ye faithful. Some former pupils joined in the encore arrangement of Ding dong merrily on high, which was a jubilant ending to a fantastic night of music.
The next concert will take place on Wednesday 23rd March at 7.00pm.
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