Students sparkle at stunning Spring Concert
The school’s musicians delivered amazing performances in the stunning surroundings of St George’s Church as they impressed an enchanted audience at the 2023 Spring Concert.
The Junior Chamber Choir started the concert with a trio of excellent pieces – ‘Sumer is Icumen in’ (anon), ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ by McPeake (arr. Hunt) and Milloy’s ‘Take Flight’.
The Wind Orchestra followed this wonderful opening by performing Holst’s ‘Second Suite in F’. The suite consists of four movements and the SGS musicians delivered the first movement, ‘March’. This movement involves the morris-dance tune ‘Glorishears’, folk tune ‘Swansea Town’ and the final theme ‘Claudy Banks’.
‘Allegro’ from Bach’s ‘Concerto No. 3 BWV 1048’ was then expertly delivered by the String Orchestra. This concerto is the shortest of the six pieces from the German composer’s ‘Brandenburg Concertos’.
The First Orchestra were the last ensemble to perform before the interval with their rendition of ‘Allegro’ from von Weber’s ‘Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor’. ‘Allegro’ is the first of three movements from the German’s piece and this version featured a stunning solo from Upper Sixth student Ben Wood.
Following a short break, the Chorus thrilled the audience with all 12 movements from Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’.
For the third movement, ‘Laudamus te’, Sixth Formers Liv Dow and Ella Moran stepped to the front of the stage and during ‘Domine Deus, Agnus Dei’, the eighth movement, Lower Sixth singer Lucy Smith displayed her vocal talents.
It was a wonderful evening of music enjoyed by everyone and the school’s musicians were delighted to be joined by staff and students from the Royal Northern College of Music for the concert.