Classical, smooth jazz, film and popular music were the order of the day as ensembles and soloists impressed an enthusiastic and supportive audience at this year’s Winter Concert.
The concert included many younger members of the school and it is clear that the future looks bright with some mesmerising performances and plenty of potential on show.
The ever-increasing Junior Band, which boasts over 50 players, opened the show with a ‘Regal March’, ‘Spider Pig’ and the feel-good ‘Jamaica Me Crazy’. First Year Jonathan Hyde then gave a lovely performance of ‘Sarabande in G Minor’ by Bohm, creating an excellent sound on his violin.
The Guitar Group has also grown in size since last year and they gave entertaining performances of classic Blues number ‘Crossroads’, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ and ‘Amazing Grace’.
Fourth Year Natalie Bennett then gave a delightful rendition of ‘Ophelia’s Song’ before the newly formed Junior Jazz Band of Oscar Williams, Daniel Vincent, Emily Edwards, Will Insley and Gabriel Keeble, closed the first half with jazz standards ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘Watermelon Man’ and ‘Fly Me to the Moon’.
In their first appearance this year, the Boys’ Vocal Group led by Mrs Matthews opened the second half with a rousing performance of Britpop favourite ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ before George Zelhof on the piano mesmerised the audience with the fourth movement of Beethoven’s ‘Sonata No. 9’.
The Beginner Brass Ensemble then played with confidence and clarity before Fourth Year Grace Shropshire gave the final solo performance of the evening singing ‘Requiem’ from musical ‘Dear Evan Hansen’.
The concert was then brought to a close with the Senior Jazz Band, featuring Jake Wyatt-Thomas, Alex Pollard and Pippa Brown under the able leadership of Mr Hamilton, playing perennial favourites ‘Have You Met Miss Jones’, ‘Creep’ and ‘Blue Rondo à la Turk’.