Less than two weeks after the spectacular Spring Concert at the Royal Northern College of Music, our gifted musicians were out in force again for the annual Summer Concert.
There was a joyous and celebratory mood in the air as ten of our musical ensembles took to the stage to perform a light-hearted programme that further demonstrated the diversity and breadth of musical talent at the school.
Brass Ensemble got the concert off to a cracking start, setting the tone for the evening with performances of ‘Prismatic Light’ and ‘Blame it on the Boogie’.
The disco/funk vs rock debate of the 70s and 80s was then reignited by a fantastic collaboration between First Year band The Lakes and the Boys’ Vocal Group who performed ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses. The Boys’ Choir then sang ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons, a hugely popular recent pop/rock tune.
Not to be outdone, the String Quartet – who have previously delighted crowds with Mozart’s ‘Divertimenti’ – took everyone by surprise by performing a version of one of the greatest songs of all time, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Vox received a huge ovation from the audience for their delightful performances of two songs from recent films: ‘Better When I’m Dancing’ from The Peanuts Movie and ‘Come Alive’ from The Greatest Showman and the Guitar Group delivered polished performances of ‘Rock Szene’ and classic Keane song ‘Somewhere Only We Know’.
Senior Percussion seemed to use just about every percussion instrument the school owns as they performed ‘Diamond Strike’. It was a truly spectacular performance and the audience’s applause was only matched by the thunderous bass drum.
After a brief interval the Junior Band packed on to the stage to perform ‘Fanfare and Procession’, ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ and ‘Highlights’ from Grease.
After a performance of perennial favourite ‘Finlandia’, Second Orchestra played popular American saloon bar song ‘Ragtime’, ‘Ragtime Roundup’ and a lively calypso version of traditional Caribbean folk song ‘Yellow Bird’.
The Junior Percussion Ensemble then performed the James Bond theme before playing an excellent piece composed by Mr Landon called ‘Sword Fight’ where there was the illusion of boys appearing to fight with drum sticks!
The evening was brought to a close with yet more popular music. Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ got the audience moving their feet before the Band played a Ritual Fire Dance. Concert Band then played an ABBA song before closing the show with ‘Rock, Roll and Remember’ – a medley of popular classics including ‘Rock Around the Clock’, ‘Rockin’ Robin’ and ‘YMCA’.
The next concert in the Music Department’s series of shows is the Leavers’ Concert which takes place on Thursday 2nd May.