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Pitch-perfect performances at Autumn Concert

SGS musicians played to a packed out audience in the Dining Hall as they produced a wonderful spectacle for the Music department’s annual Autumn Concert.

The show opened in impressive fashion with the Concert Band playing ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen, Brahms’ ‘Hungarian Dance Number 5’ – where the band showed excellent ensemble skills to cope with a variety of tempo changes – the haunting ‘Stal Himmel’ and ‘Wonderful Christmas Autumn Time’.

Next up were VOX, the girls’ vocal group, and they delighted the audience with their versions of Sia’s ‘Titanium’, ‘Here With Me’ by Marshmello and gospel classic ‘Gonna Make A Wish’.

Chamber Music at SGS has seen fantastic growth in recent years and the piano trio of Zoe Shah, Olivia Dow and Talia Zelhof demonstrated sophistication and class with the folk-influenced third movement of Haydn’s ‘Piano Trio In G Major’.

The Jazz Band then stepped up with their seriously stylish arrangements of ‘All The Things You Are’ and ‘Golden Lady’. With stunning improvisations and complex harmonies, this group are indicative of the breadth and quality of ensemble available to pupils at SGS.

The first half was brought to a close by First Orchestra. As has become tradition, an Upper Sixth pupil who has shown exceptional quality and service to the Music department is given the opportunity to play a concerto with the orchestra. Clarinettist Sarah Callow, who has played in pretty much every ensemble in the School and still plays in at least eight groups, performed the Weber ‘Concertino’ this year and it was simply beautiful.

First Orchestra also opened the second half of the concert with the famous first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Fifth Symphony’.

This was followed by both the Junior and Senior Percussion Ensembles performing separately. The Junior’s performed ‘Jai Ho’ from the film Slumdog Millionaire whilst the Seniors played ‘Okanvango’ and ‘Danse Boheme’.

Around forty of the School’s younger musicians then took to the stage with Junior Band and they gave exhilarating performances of ‘African Folk Trilogy’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ (with First Year piccolo soloist Daniel Wood) and the perennial classic ‘Soul Bossa Nova’.

The evening was brought to a rousing conclusion by the massed ranks of Chorus who performed a medley from Les Misérables – complete with wonderful solos from Grace Shropshire, Zoe Shah, Matthew Howling Teddy Hotchkies, Rowan Sutton, Sophia Faniglulio-Vlassis and Ella Moran.