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Girls' May Serenade

Tuesday, 03 May 2016

Senior School girls from Years 7 to 13 of Bolton School showed a wonderfully diverse range of musical talent at this year’s May Serenade.

Opening the evening, the Joint Senior Saxophone Choir played a melodious and measured rendition of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, which was followed by a pleasing solo interpretation on the flute by Isabel Harper of Schumann’s Romance Op. 94.  The evening showcased the wide range of talent that can be found in the Girls’ Division with bewitching voice solos by Olivia Sample and Riya Kalhan, who sang Send in the Clowns and virtuoso performances by Abigail Holt on violin and Rebecca Butchart on trombone.

The Girls’ Division Guitar Group had everyone’s feet tapping with their cover of George Ezra’s Budapest and the Senior Clarinet Choir offered a flawless rendering of Fur Elise by Beethoven. There were also masterful renderings of All Creatures Great and Small by the Senior Flute Quartet and Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor by the Girls' Division String Orchestra. Throughout the concert there was much sensational singing and serenading: the Middle School Choir sang Dog Days; The Accidentals performed the spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child; the Senior Choir soared with their version of Beyonce’s Halo before transporting the audience to Fields of Gold with their rendering of Sting’s classic; and the Joint Chamber Choir offered the harmonious Ubi Caritas and Lennon and McCartney’s Blackbird/I Will as well as a stunning and original a capella singing of Little Mix’s Move.

The Senior Concert Band brought the Serenade to a rousing finale with music from Disney Blockbusters and Karrick’s Bayou Breakdown.

Thanking the audience for their attendance, Headmistress Miss Hincks said it had been a splendid occasion and she was in awe of the performers’ talents. She congratulated the music staff on preparing the pupils so well and for coordinating the concert, praising too the new Head Girl, her deputies and prefects for their contribution to the evening. She also thanked all those Y13 musicians who will leave the School this summer, praising them for all their hard work over the past seven years.

Earlier in the evening, governors, pupils, teachers and guests had enjoyed light refreshments as they admired displays of Year 11 girls’ GCSE work in Art, Design Technology, Textiles and Food Technology. 

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The Senior Choir delivers a breathtaking rendition of Sting

The Senior Choir delivers a breathtaking rendition of Sting's Fields of Gold

The Senior Choir delivers a breathtaking rendition of Sting

The Girls' Division Guitar Group had everyone's feet tapping when they played George Ezra's Budapest

Earlier in the evening, guests admired displays of Y11 girls' work