The school’s orchestras, bands and choirs performed to a delighted audience at the annual Autumn Concert with a programme that had something for everyone.
Guests were welcomed with the lively rhythms of the tango performed by the String Orchestra, conducted by Mr Griffith, with opening performances of Libertango, Oblivion and El Penultimo.
This was followed by the Brass Ensemble’s performances of The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Home Sweet Home and I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside to bring a feeling of warmth on a crisp November evening – conducted by Mrs Johnson.
Directed by Mr Hamilton, the Jazz Band showed both individual flair and group cohesion with performances of St. Thomas, Cry Me A River and Almost Like Being In Love, where upper sixth form pupil Emily Howling gave an impressive performance of great vocal range and control.
The first half ended with stunning performances of Handel’s Suite No.2 from Water Music by the First Orchestra, conducted by the Director of Music, Mr Dow. This was followed by soloist, upper sixth form pupil Alex Jones who demonstrated his virtuosity with an amazing performance of the 1st Movement of the Bottesini Double Bass Concerto. The audience were clearly thrilled and gave Alex, who is the National Youth Orchestra’s principal double bass player, a standing ovation.
The First Orchestra impressed again with the challenging 1st Movement of Mozart Symphony 40, conducted by Mr Dow, before Junior Band gave rousing renditions of Crown Point March, Can-Can and Bossa Blue, conducted by the Assistant Director of Music, Mr Kennedy.
For a fantastic finale, Chorus sang a heartening medley of choral highlights from Wicked to cap off this year’s concert of exciting performances from pupils across all years.