On Wednesday evening, 10th March, Brentwood School held a spectacular concert brimming with musical talent from all age groups. Organised by Director of Music, Mrs Hilary Khoo, the evening featured performances from composers renowned for being technically very challenging, such as Tchaikovsky, Weber and Fauré.
The String Orchestra, led by Hannah Ambrose and conducted by Music Teacher Mr Florian Cooper, opened the concert with Serenade for Strings in C Major by Tchaikovsky, featuring four contrastingly and virtuosic movements that the pupils performed with musical maturity well beyond their years. The Sinfonia followed, performing Weber’s Clarinet Concerto no. 2 in E Flat Major. Deputy Head of School, Theo Clark, (Upper Sixth) was the soloist and had the audience gasping at his technical control and expressive melodic phrasing. Theo was then presented with the prestigious Brentwood School Concerto Shield for his efforts.
After a short interval The Band, led by Mary Hirst, played a superb medley from the popular film Pirates of the Caribbean, vibrantly conducted by Music Teacher Mr William Stock. The Junior Choir returned to master the gospel classic Better is One Day in Your House by Matt Redman, complete with finger clicking and toe tapping!
The concert was brought to a close with the choir singing the spine-chilling Requiem by Fauré. Fifth Former Amelia Smith captivated the audience with her beautiful Pie Jesu solo and Sixth Former Oliver Valentini’s voice provided the perfect baritone for the Libera Me.
Headmaster Ian Davies, watching with the Chairman of Governors, Mr Colin Finch, commented: “I would like to send my appreciation to Mrs Khoo and the Music Department, and all the pupils who took part in the concert. It really was one of the best yet and to master such difficult pieces too requires a great deal of practice and effort. Congratulations!”
You can view further photographs of the concert here.