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Boys Perform Hits at Autumn Concert

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Concert season in the Boys’ Division commenced with the Autumn Concert. Pupils, parents and staff gathered in the Great Hall for performances which combined music from film scores and musicals with traditional tunes, choral arrangements and a range of reimagined chart hits.

The Drum Corps directed by Mr Forgrieve provided a lively opening with ‘Marcia Ritmica’, which was the perfect setup for the evening’s entertainment. The Joint Senior Concert Band recently won a Platinum Award at the National Concert Band Festival (NCBF), and the group was once again in fine form as they followed up with three pieces: ‘Into the Clouds’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ and ‘Klezmer Karnival’. The Tuned Percussion Ensemble then took to the stage to play instantly recognisable hits ‘I’m Not In Love’ by 10cc and ‘Hot Fudge’ by Robbie William.

Next came the Junior String Quartet, changing the tempo with two traditional pieces, ‘Irish Washerwoman’ and ‘Pretty Little Sally’. The Steel Pans Group then played ‘Mambo No. 5’ and ‘Walking on Sunshine’. Continuing with the pop theme, the Senior Guitar Group performed Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’.

The Joint Chamber Choir gave beautiful renditions of ‘I Will Sing With The Spirit’ by John Rutter’ and ‘You Will Be Found’ from the musical Dear Evan Hansen and, continuing the musical theme, the Join Clarinet Group played ‘The Music Of The Night’ from Phantom of the Opera. They followed this with Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ and afterwards the Joint Senior Violin Quartet played a ‘Gavotte’.

Boys in Year 8 provided a toe-tapping finale to the evening, singing a trio of pop hits: ‘Love is Easy’ by McFly, ‘Africa’ by Toto and finally ‘Karma Chameleon’ by Culture Club.

The audience was thoroughly entertained throughout the evening and, with such a wide range of musical styles in the programme, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

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