Cathedral concert is musical triumph

Brentwood School’s Big Band lunchtime concert in front of an appreciative 500-strong congregation at Chelmsford Cathedral was a musical triumph.

In fact the concert was such a huge success, the Cathedral is already trying to secure a date for the School’s highly-acclaimed Big Band to perform again next year as well as in 2018!

Music Teacher Mr Florian Cooper said the concert was regarded as the musical highlight of the Cathedral’s flourishing lunchtime concert series. He explained: “The concert was the first time the band has performed without any conducting and every song was directed by the pupils – a huge achievement for a school age band.”

The programme reflected a journey through some of the great Big Band repertoire of the last 100 years showcasing both instrumental and improvisatory virtuosity and some wonderful vocal features.

“It was clear that the audience loved the concert and many were moved to tears in the poignant moments and indeed felt driven to a standing ovation at the concert’s conclusion,” he said.

The Big Band continues to work hard and is looking forward to two major concerts over the coming term. Firstly the 27th February sees the Big Band returning to St Peter’s Church, Harold Wood, to raise money for Diabetes UK after their highly acclaimed début at the church last year.

Secondly, they are extremely excited to welcome London based and professional Big Band, the Seven Steps Big Band, to Brentwood to perform alongside them. The performance will be held in the Wessex Auditorium on the 19th March, at 7pm, and will include material covered in a workshop and rehearsal period taken by members of the Seven Steps Band. This battle of two big bands will be a visual and aural spectacle of considerable magnitude and the band are truly excited to play alongside such wonderful musicians.

Tickets are still available for both concerts. For further information please email Miss Debbie Broom at Brentwood School: dbroom@brentwood.essex.sch.uk