Cracking Christmas Concert leaves audience feeling festive
The SGS Music department kicked off the Christmas festivities in spectacular fashion with their annual Christmas Concert.
Musicians from every year group and discipline lifted the spirits of a full house in the Dining Hall – taking the audience from their nativity days with Brass Ensemble’s ‘Little Donkey’, through the Christmas time essentials including Chamber Choir’s ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town’ and Big Band’s ‘Let It Snow’, culminating with a spectacular First Orchestra rendition of ‘Sleigh Ride’ complete with audience participation – a long standing tradition of the SGS Christmas Concert.
It was fantastic to welcome some Old Stopfordians back to school to enjoy the concert, including Sam Gilliatt (OS 2014) who kindly assisted with the arrangement of Chamber Choirs’ two pieces.
Director of Music Mr Michael Dow paid tribute to Head Boy Charlie Harrison and Senior Prefect Talia Zelhof, both of whom have been valued members of the SGS Music Community during their time at school.
During this time, both have achieved Grade 8 in oboe and piano, as well as playing other instruments to high levels. Both musicians have played with bands and orchestras inside and outside of school and their contribution was recognised by the audience following their solo performance, accompanied by String Orchestra, of ‘Concerto No. 2 in C Major, Op. 7 for Two Oboes, Strings and Harpsichord’.
The festivities continue at SGS over the next couple of weeks with an array of activities planned.
Here are links to a few videos from the concert:
- Big Band – Let It Snow
- Brass Ensemble – Little Donkey
- Brass Ensemble – Winter Wonderland
- Chamber Choir – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
- Chamber Choir – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
- First Orchestra – A Christmas Festival
- First Orchestra – Sleigh Ride
- Intermediate Percussion Ensemble – Santa’s Strut
- Senior Percussion Ensemble – Christmas Day