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Musicians shine at Summer Concert

The talent of the school’s musicians shone bright as they entertained a delighted Dining Hall audience at the Summer Concert.

Intermediate Percussion encouraged audience participation from the start with renditions of well-known movie theme songs ‘Ghostbusters’ (Ray Parker Jr) and ‘Mission Impossible’ (Lalo Schifrin).

Brass Ensemble were up next and they delivered a trio of traditional brass band pieces, starting off with Andrew Norman’s arrangement of ‘The British Grenadiers’. They completed their set with Hubert Parry’s ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’ – featuring a solo from Patrick Owen – and ‘Slaidburn’ by William Rimmer.

The first half of the show was closed by Senior Percussion’s version of ‘Blue Rondo à la Turk’ by Dave Brubeck and ‘Lights Out’, a song by the school’s Percussion peripatetic staff member, Mr Landon.

After some tasty refreshments in Edmonds Café, the Concert Band entertained the captivated crowd. They kicked off their set with a blend of two of John Williams’ most famous movie marches, ‘Star Wars/Raiders March’ before performing Richard L. Saucedo’s ‘Scorpion!’. The continued to showcase their inspiring talent by playing ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Rolf Løvland and Brendan Graham and ‘Wallace and Gromit’ by Julian Nott.

Antonín Dvorák’s ‘Slavonic Dance No. 4 Op.46′ was exceptionally delivered by the Second Orchestra before Big Band concluded the concert. Eddie Vinson’s ‘Kidney Stew Blues’ was the first song they performed and they followed this up with ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ by Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra featuring a wonderful solo from Sixth Form singer Adina Vidler. They closed the concert with Walter Murphy’s well-known ‘Theme from Family Guy’.