St George’s Church was the atmospheric location for an evening of choral and orchestral music, beautifully performed by Senior School pupils of all ages in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the school’s move to the Hallam site.
The programme showcased the talents of Junior Chamber Choir, Chamber Choir, String Orchestra and Chorus with a varied repertoire which included Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in D Minor Op.9 No.2 and Fauré’s Requiem.
Opening the concert with two pieces by Rutter, Junior Chamber Choir showed great composure and confidence as they performed in front of the audience of parents, governors and fellow pupils. Chamber Choir followed with an accomplished delivery of a selection of choral pieces, including madrigals and two spirituals which were sung a cappella.
Simon Fraser, who has an offer to study Music at Christ’s College Cambridge, was the soloist for the String Orchestra’s performance of Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto. Simon is in the Upper Sixth and began oboe lessons at Stockport Grammar School at the age of eleven with Christine Swain, achieving Grade 8 with distinction aged fifteen.
The 108-strong Chorus closed the concert with a rendition of Fauré’s Requiem led by soloists Emily Howling and James Holt. James is in the Upper Sixth and is a member of the Halle Youth Choir; in September he will commence undergraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music. Emily is in the Lower Sixth and at the age of 15 was invited to join the National Millennium Youth Choir.
Located half way between the school’s former home at Greek Street and the Hallam site, St George’s was a perfect setting for the Centenary Concert. Stockport Grammar School was founded in 1487 by Sir Edmond Shaa and is amongst the oldest schools in the country. You can view a brochure about the history of Stockport Grammar School by clicking here.