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Girls Perform a May Serenade

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Bolton School Girls’ Division’s May Serenade, the final whole school music event of the academic year, opened in style with the Joint Intermediate Concert Band performing upbeat renditions of ‘Happy’ and ‘The Incredibles’ which quickly had feet tapping in the Great Hall. Following quickly on was the girls’ Percussion Ensemble who adroitly played selections from ‘Aladdin’ and the Y8 String Trio who offered up Scott Joplin’s ‘Pleasant Moments’.

Y9 pupil Hannah McKee, playing saxophone, was the first of several soloists on the evening, performing Scherzo (Hurlstone) before the Senior Choir delivered pitch-perfect renderings of ‘Ain’t No Mountain’ and Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’. The Senior Flute Quartet delivered bewitching renditions of ‘Mozart’s Sonata in C Major (2nd movement)’ and Gershwin’s ‘Nice Work if You Can Get It’ before a capella group The Accidentals took centre stage singing ‘Kyrie’ and ‘Hallelujah’.

The String Ensemble entertained with a lively playing of Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ whilst the Middle School Choir was adeptly accompanied by Isabel Harper on flute and the String Ensemble in performing 'Adiemus'. Seren Davies, a Y13 student, sang a haunting version of Norah Jones’ ‘Come Away With Me’ before Sally Cowling (Y12) and Marie Poon (Y10) expertly played ‘Venus’ and ‘Jupiter’ from Holst’s ‘The Planets Suite’ as a piano duet. Katie Couriel of Y11 continued the masterclass in solo performances by performing ‘Violin Loops’ ahead of the presentation of awards by Head of Music Mrs Price took place to those artists who had excelled in the recent Music Festival.

The evening was closed out by uplifting sessions from the Joint Chamber Choir, who sang ‘Lead, Kindly Light, Take Me Home’ and ‘It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish’ and the Joint Senior Concert Band who played ‘Into the Clouds’, ‘The Legend of Zorro’ and ‘Caravan’.

Earlier in the evening, guests enjoyed perusing the Creative Exhibition which displayed GCSE and A level work in Art, Product Design and Textiles and there were also photographs of girls’ Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE products.


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