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Thursday, 28 April 2016
The Junior Boys’ Spring Concert filled the Boys’ Division Great Hall with music and song to herald the new season. An audience of parents, family members and staff were treated to pieces in a wide variety of styles, all performed enthusiastically by the choirs, ensembles and soloists. The unexpected accompaniment of thunder, lightning and snow did nothing to dampen the atmosphere in the Great Hall as the Junior Boys took centre stage for their performance.
The Percussion Ensemble opened the evening in style with the ‘Imperial March’ from Star Wars.
After this dramatic opening, the Wind Band got the audience in the mood for the rest of the concert with ‘If You’re Happy And You Know It’ and ‘The Weasel Goes Pop’. This was followed by the Lower School Choir performing two pieces which they submitted as recorded entries to Music for Youth 2016: ‘I am a Small Part of the World’ and ‘Creatures of the Night’. Next the audience heard ‘Der Hase und der Igel’ and ‘Polka und Tanz’, two pieces by Serbian-German composer and percussionist Nebojša Jovan Živković which were performed by the Tuned Percussion Group. The Guitar Ensemble played ‘Bum Note Samba’ and ‘Twenty-Four-Fifty’, before the Invitational Choir sang ‘Salley Gardens’ and ‘This Old Man’. Stringed instruments next took the spotlight, with the Strings Group performing ‘Kingston Calypso’, ‘Jamaican Lullaby’ and ‘Tinga Layo’.
Year 6 pupil Marcus Williams, the Junior Boys’ Music Festival Winner for 2016, then came on stage to perform a solo on the guitar. He played ‘Fandanguillo’ by Bartolomé Calatayud and gave a wonderful performance that proved him a worthy winner of the competition.
Next to perform were the Upper School Choir singing ‘Disney Dazzle’, a medley featuring the best-known songs from animated classics Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. The penultimate performance came from the Recorder Group, who had two more familiar tunes for the assembled audience. They began with ‘Match of the Day’ – the theme to the football programme of the same name – followed by Coldplay’s ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’.
The Spring Concert’s grand finale was provided by the Massed Voices of the Whole Junior Boys’ School singing a marvellous Disney Medley. The medley included yet more familiar tunes from Disney hits old and new, and made for the perfect end to a wonderful evening of music-making.
The various ensembles, choirs and groups were expertly conducted by members of the Music staff: Mrs Ives, Mr Dawkins, Mr Fowles, Miss Moore, Miss Ormerod and Mr Walker. Accompaniments were provided throughout the concert by Mrs Chambers, and in the whole school Disney Medley by Mr Bleasdale, Mrs Colgan and Mr Walker.
At the end of the Spring Concert, there was a retiring collection supporting the charity WaterAid, which aims to overcome poverty by helping to bring safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people.
Click the song titles to listen to the Lower School Choir’s performances of ‘I am a Small Part of the World’ and ‘Creatures of the Night’, which were recorded for Music for Youth 2016 and uploaded to the School’s Soundcloud.
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