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Winter Concert closes out term

January 7th, 2019

On the last Thursday of term, Music School brought the autumn term to a close with their annual Winter Concert.

10 music ensembles, comprised of 74 students in total, performed over the course of the evening, playing a wide variety of genres to an audience of over 150 people in The Great Hall. The Samba Band opened the show with their own improvised piece of music before the evening took a more classical turn as the Orchestra performed a duo of Russian compositions from Larianov and Tchaikovsky. More classical music was heard later in the show as the Strings Section played Chopin’s Etude in G.

The House Band brought the evening to life with their cover of the Rolling Stones’ rock ‘n’ roll hit Jumpin’ Jack Flash. The contemporary trend was continued by the Chamber Voices vocal group who sang Hall & Oates’ I Can’t Go For That and the Concert Band who performed a brass inspired version of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. Meanwhile the FretWrx guitar group played Vince Taylor’s Brand New Cadillac and the Choir sang James Taylor’s Lonesome Road.

The audience were treated to festive offerings throughout the evening. The Junior Vocal Group sang John Rutter’s Nativity Carol, a choral song about the nativity written in 2015 while the choir sang Gaudete, a sacred Christmas Carol written in the 16th century. The Concert Band closed the show with an uplifting jazz-medley of Christmas carols assembled by composer John Strommen under the title A Big Band Christmas.

The high quality of music throughout the evening was testament to the hard work and dedication shown all year by both the music teachers and the 100 strong pupils who arrive at school an hour early for music lessons every day of the week.

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