It was apt that snow landed in Stockport during the day of the Winter Concert, giving the musical evening a festive feel and causing flurries of excitement amongst the younger performers.
The action in the Dining Hall got underway with a brilliant performance from Second Orchestra playing the ‘Overture’ from Romeo and Juliet, giving the audience a timely reminder that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
Next up were Brass Ensemble, who are always eager to provide humour in their entertainment. This time it was in the form of novelty percussion; so with car horns, swanee whistles and flexatones in abundance, the group romped through performances of ‘Pink Panther’, ‘Praise Ye The Lord’ and ‘The Adams Family Theme’.
First Year Anna Stevens then delivered her debut solo performance at the Senior School with the beautiful ‘Entr’acte No.3 from Rosamunde’ by Schubert.
First Year rock band The Lakes then took to the stage where they played Britpop classics ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Song 2’, as well as one of their own original songs, ‘Out Of The Blue’. Upon leaving the stage the group received rousing applause.
Junior Woodwind performed an Abba mash-up of ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Super Trouper’ and, given that the majority of these players had come from the First Year instrumental scheme and had only been playing since September, delivered a truly splendid performance.
The first half was then brought to a close by girl group Vox singing ‘When She Loved Me’ from Toy Story 2 and recent Jess Glynne hit ‘I’ll Be There’.
After a short interval, the Junior Band took to the stage and with over 50 players, including Headmaster Dr Owen, they performed lively renditions of ‘Hoedown Hayride’ (complete with saucepans in the percussion), the topical ‘Song of Winter’ and the comical ‘Tijuana Trumpets’.
Boys’ Vocal Group then delivered their first performance of the school year with a soulful performance of ‘This Little Light Of Mine’ before Third Year pupil Ella Moran gave a hauntingly beautiful performance of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ from Les Misérables. This was followed by the Guitar Group with ‘Bongo Blues’ and ‘Swing’. It was great to see more guitar players taking part in this group and the lively performances went down well with the audience.
The evening was brought to a close by Junior Jazz Band with silky smooth arrangements of ‘Hallelujah I Love Her So’, ‘Georgia On My Mind’ and ‘500 Miles High’.
Attention now turns to the Spring Concert which takes place at the internationally-acclaimed Royal Northern College of Music on 21st March.