Spring Concert – Tuesday27thMarch 2019
On a glorious, warm and sunny spring afternoon, replete from welcome Easter refreshments courtesy of Miss Stoneman and prepared by our catering manager Sue, a packed chapel eagerly awaited our Easter concert.
The Chapel Choir opened the proceedings with an uplifting rendition of ‘Shout to the East & the West’ by Martin Smith.
Later in the programme, they also sang two more contrasting pieces: the beautiful ‘Nunc Dimittis in C minor’ by George Dyson and the lively ‘Building’ by Richard Stilgoe. They sang with their usual control and lovely tone. It is much to their credit that they have time to learn repertoire such as this, in addition to their full schedule of music for our daily worship and Evensongs.
There were many fine solos and duets during the concert. Performing is of course, an integral part of being a musician and it is such a pleasure to see our pupils’ confidence and musicianship going from strength to strength throughout the year. It was a fitting opportunity for India Hopkins to play a violin solo, having completed the performing element of Music GCSE, worth 30% of her coursework marks, earlier in the day.
Other soloists included pianists, saxophonists, guitarists, violinists, a cornet player and a percussionist. Without exception, they performed with poise and conviction.
Forms 3, 3A and 4 were delighted to sing a medley consisting of three famous numbers from the original ‘Mary Poppins’ film, complete with actions. They sang with their characteristic ebullience and energy.
The recorder is taught as part of the Forms 4 and 4A curriculum, as a tool with which to learn music literacy and develop musicianship, as well as honing fine motor skills. Both classes made their recorder début and impressed the audience with their technical accomplishment, quality of sound and playing in parts.
The combined Form 5 classes rounded off the concert with great pizazz and aplomb, giving vocal performances of the well-known and loved ‘Downtown’ (Tony Hatch 1964) and ‘Top of the World’ (The Carpenters), accompanied by a band of musicians from the class, consisting of cornet, saxophone, drum kit and guitar. They have worked very hard to arrange and learn these songs and the class particularly enjoyed giving an encore performance with the audience singing along with them. It was a fitting finale to a wonderful afternoon of music-making.
Credit must go to all those who contribute so much to making events such as this such a success: huge thanks to Miss Bennett and Mr Probets for their splendid work with the Chapel Choir, Mr Probets for his endless patience and superb accompanying and to the team of Visiting Music Teachers for help and encouragement with the soloists.
Mrs M Lowles
Director of Music