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Musicians marvel at amazing Autumn Concert

Pupils singing at the 2023 Autumn Concert

Our incredible musicians kicked off the year of formal concerts at SGS with an excellent evening of music in the Dining Hall for the Autumn Concert.

The Second Orchestra were first up and they played Ling’s arrangements of Vivaldi’s ‘Autumn’ and Susato’s ‘Danserye’ before finishing with Wagner’s ‘Ancient Echoes Of Time’.

The Concert Band then performed a trio of modern songs – ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons (arr. Lopez), ‘A Million Dreams’ from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s ‘The Greatest Showman’ and Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ (arr. Waters).

The First Orchestra closed the opening half with a resounding rendition of the ‘Symphonic Suite’ from ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ (arr. Whitney).

Following refreshments in Edmonds’ Café, the excited audience made their way back to their seats to listen to the Wind Orchestra.

Their first piece was ‘Themes From The Crown’ (arr. Buckley) and the ensemble followed this with a splendid rendition of Toto’s famous hit ‘Africa’ (arr. Wössner). Philip Sparke’s arrangement of ‘Music’ by John Miles completed their set.

Next up was the Junior Chamber Choir and, for some of the singers, it was their first time performing on the stage in a formal concert at Stockport Grammar.

An energetic version of ‘Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho’ (arr. Printz) thrilled the audience and this was swiftly followed by ‘A Light Of Hope, A Song Of Peace’ by Burrows. ‘Ah, Poor Bird’ (arr. Schram) saw the singers further impress the crowd before their set finished with a Celtic feel from Rodriguez’s ‘The Lake Isle Of Innisfree’.

The final ensemble to take to the stage was the Chorus. The vocalists performed a medley of hits from Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s stage musical ‘Miss Saigon’ and it was the prefect way to conclude an evening of wonderful music.

The next concert in the schedule for our musicians is the Christmas Concert on Tuesday 5th December (7.30pm start in the Dining Hall) whilst the Senior School Carol Service takes place at St. George’s Church on Wednesday 13th December.