Musical masterpieces impress concertgoers

The exceptional musical talent throughout the school was showcased at this year’s Summer and Leavers’ Concerts.

At the Summer Concert, Second Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, First Orchestra, Junior Band, Junior Chamber Choir and String Orchestra performed an array of pieces from Handel’s Water Music and Symphony No 1 in C Op. 21 by Beethoven to Blackbird by Lennon & McCartney and a medley from the musical Grease.

Summer Concert flute

The Leavers’ Concert, which marked the departure of the Upper Sixth pupils and the retirement of Music teacher Mrs Taylor, featured performances from a host of bands, soloists, choruses and ensembles.

Highlights included the Concert Band’s rousing rendition of The Final Countdown, two movements from Carmina Burana by the Wind Orchestra and a stunning solo performance from Emily Lyons who sang Stormy Weather with the Big Band.

Leavers concert - strings

The Senior Percussion Ensemble took the audience by surprise when they started their stint from the back of the hall, banging their drums as they made their way up the aisles to the stage. There were also performances from the Jazz Band, the Flute Ensemble and the Chorus.

Upper Sixth pupils composed their own versions of songs including Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody for a finale during which they paid tribute to members of the Music Department.

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