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Christmas Concert rouses festive cheer

Less than a week after the spectacular Autumn Concert, our inspiring musicians displayed their burgeoning talent at the annual Christmas Concert.

The show featured an entirely different array of ensembles from those heard at the Autumn Concert, but the standard was still impressively high as our pupils got the crowd into a festive mood.

The Brass Ensemble, with instruments bedecked in tinsel, set the tone for a light-hearted evening of entertainment as they performed ‘Carol Of The Bells’ and ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer’.

Wearing Christmas jumpers and Santa hats, the vocal trio of Sarah Callow, Caitlin Cutts and Zoe Shah – The Mayhemiolas – impressed with their close-harmony singing. They delighted the audience with their performances of ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ and ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’, where they were joined by Patrick Owen on trumpet and Dan Vincent on drums.

String Orchestra, which continues to grow in size, then stylishly performed Haydn’s ‘Sinfonietta in A’ before the Chamber Choir brought the first half to a close. They performed a magical madrigal ‘Sing We And Chant It’, the highly melismatic ‘Ding Dong Merrily On High’ and ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’.

The second part of the concert started off with Second Orchestra giving an exciting performance of Mozart’s ‘Symphony 36 “The Linz”’ before amazing the audience with their version of ‘White Christmas’.

The Saxophone Quartet of Matthew Howling, Sarah Callow, Pippa Brown and Ruby Harrison stepped on to the stage to play a humorous arrangement of ‘Three Blind Mice’ before performing ‘Seasons of Love’, which had been especially arranged by baritone sax player Ruby Harrison.

Fresh from their performances in the school’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, Junior Chamber Choir started their performance full of mystery as a tubular bell and the solo voice of Mia Krywonos was heard from a corner of the room. Gradually other voices joined as they worked their way onto the stage singing with angelic harmonies. They then performed beautiful arrangements of ‘Mid-Winter’ and ‘Carol Of The Bells’.

The concert was brought to a close by the Wind Orchestra. They entertained with lively renditions of ‘Cartoon Express’ – featuring classics such as ‘The Pink Panther’ and ‘Popeye The Sailor Man’ – and ‘Gershwin’, a medley of pretty much every Gershwin song ever written. The traditional finale of ‘Sleigh Ride’ then sent the audience away full of festive cheer.