A cacophony of excited conversation filled the air on Wednesday as parents and pupils entered the Wessex Auditorium for the biggest musical concert of the Michaelmas Term.
“Every year I attend these concerts and every year I never cease to be impressed” – said a parent.
The Michaelmas Concert kicked off this half-term’s busy performing arts schedule with an evening filled with well-known compositions such as: “Highlights from The Jungle Book”, “Music of the Night” from “The Phantom of the Opera”, and “Embraceable You” by George Gershwin.
The Chapel Choir soothed the audience with a performance of Ubi Caritas by Maurice Duruflé and toe-tapping jazz solos from the Blue Moon Quintet were met with rapturous applause. To close an exciting first half, the Big Band wowed the crowd with a funky rendition of “Groovin’ Hard” by “The Buddy Rich Big Band.
After a short interval, the Junior Choir welcomed the audience with a collection of Spirituals and Blues before the String Orchestra, led by Peter Scott, set the tone with “Serenade for Strings” by Elgar.
Teacher of Music, Mr Will Stock then took to the stage to conduct the Sinfonia for their final performance of the night, “How to Train Your Dragon”, a piece from the 2010 DreamWorks animation. On the closing note, the musicians accepted a long round of applause before, Director of Music Mrs Hilary Khoo, Teacher of Music and Main Contributor, Mr Florian Cooper and Mr Will Stock thanked the pupils and parents for their continued support.