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Autumn Concert brings an evening of outstanding musical delight

The first of this year’s seasonal concerts, the Autumn Concert, showcased a high standard of performance to provide an evening of exceptional entertainment.

The concert was opened this year by the String Orchestra playing ‘Andante Festivo’ by Sibelius and Bartók’s ‘Romanian Folk Dances’.   The String Orchestra go from strength to strength and the violins in particular demonstrated an excellent tone quality.

Next up were VOX, the choir for First and Second Year girls, who sang ‘Heroes’ and ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from Moana, with a strong and committed performance which reflected the theme of the music.

Brass Ensemble brought additional sophistication to the evening with regal performances of the ‘Minuet’ and ‘Trio’ from Handel’s ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’ and the trumpets shone in Verdi’s ‘Triumphal March’ from Aida.

As is customary in this concert, an Upper Sixth pupil is invited to perform a concerto with the First Orchestra and this year it was the turn of flautist Jessica Lloyd.

Jessica performed the first movement of Poulenc’s ‘Sonata for Flute’ and gave a sparkling performance that was well received by the packed audience. First Orchestra then closed the first half with an energetic rendition of the first movement of Schubert’s ‘Symphony No. 5’.

The second half got underway once the Junior Band, boasting over 50 performers, made their way on stage. Mr Kennedy conducted the band in performances of ‘Four of a Kind’, ‘Doctor Rock’ and perennial classic, ‘Soul Bossa Nova’.

The audience gave the ensemble a fantastic ovation for their lively performances, particularly the efforts of the percussion team: Dan Grant for his incredible drum solos and Ned Donovan for rescuing the drum kit after it kept sliding across the hall!

The Senior Percussion group of Jacob Noakes, Dan Grant, Daniel Vincent and Oscar Williams then gave what was arguably the performance of the evening. Playing Harran’s ‘Gear Train’, the boys performed a display of fantastic co-ordination, physicality and rhythmic flair. Chorus brought the evening to a close with soulful performances of ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’.

The Music department will continue to perform until the end of term with a MARS Concert on Monday 4th December, the Christmas Concert on Thursday 7th December, the Carol Service on Wednesday 13th December and several assembly performances.