A pair of concerts brought the autumn term to a close, kickstarted Christmas and showcased the impressive musical talent we have at Stockport Grammar.
Junior band’s theme from Wallace and Gromit, sisters Zoe and Elsa Shah’s rendition of Largo from Concerto for Two Violins and flautist Hannah Clayton’s Hypnosis got the sold-out autumn concert off to a stunning start.
Jazz band, the second and string orchestras, soloists Sarah Callow and Joshua Furtado-Mendes and the first orchestra’s West Side Story medley started the second half before the chorus ended the show on an uplifting selection of songs from Mamma Mia.
National Youth Orchestra
One of the many highlights of the concert was a performance by double bassist Alex Jones, who has recently been appointed co-principal of the National Youth Orchestra, telling us that:
Playing music is just part of my life – I’ve always enjoyed it and it helps me to relax.
Playing at grade eight on the piano as well as the double bass, Alex has already taken part in performances and residencies with the orchestra and is looking forward to playing in Berlin with them after The Proms next summer.
Our Christmas concert featured festive favourites by the chamber choir, brass ensemble and the wind orchestra as well as the concert band’s highlights from Frozen and the wind orchestra’s James Bond medley.
Sixth form oboist Simon Fraser led the wind orchestra in an enchanting performance of Oblivion and the junior chamber choir charmed the audience before the big band’s dramatic Final Countdown closed the concert and headmaster Mr Andrew Chicken spoke about the “shared pleasure and enjoyment” that our pupils get from performing together.
Candlelit carol services
Our final musical events of the year are our senior school and junior school candlelit carol services on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th December respectively.
All are welcome to join us at the services at St George’s church, both of which start at 7pm.