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Local Primaries Lend Voices at Victoria Hall Concert

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Choirs and musicians from five local primary schools joined pupils from Bolton School Senior and Junior Schools in delivering a wonderful Spring Concert at Bolton’s Victoria Hall.

Children from Beaumont Primary School, Eagley Primary School, Blackshaw Primary School, St Maxentius CE Primary School and St Peter’s CE Primary School helped Bolton School perform ‘A Bolton Suite’ and ‘The Saga of Fred’.

Instrumentalists from the primary schools joined players from Bolton School’s Junior Boys and Junior Girls’ Schools and the School’s Joint Senior Orchestra to perform 'A Bolton Suite', written by the School Organist, Michael Pain. The piece incorporates all standards and has four movements: ‘A Distant Prospect of Bolton’, ‘In Rivington Churchyard’, ‘Bradshawgate by Night’ and ‘A Bolton Fanfare’. Pupils from the five local primaries also lent their voices to the premiere of ‘The Saga of Fred’, a tribute to Fred Dibnah, which has been written by Mrs Price, Director or Music in the Girls’ Division. They joined pupils from Hesketh House and Park Road and the Girls’ Division’s Middle School Choir to sing this new folk song for Bolton.

Earlier the concert had showcased a wide range of talented musicianship. The Joint Senior Concert Band had opened the evening with a flawless playing of Peter Graham’s ‘Windows of the World’. The Senior Orchestra, directed by Boys’ Division Director of Music Mr Bleasdale, offered up melodious renderings of ‘Overture to The Barber of Seville’ and ‘Gershwin by George’. The School’s Chamber Choir sang two arresting pieces, ‘Northern Lights’ and ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ before the Senior Flute Quartet performed a bewitching ‘Jour D’été A La Montagne’. The School’s Senior Guitar Ensemble had everyone’s foot tapping with their ‘Montagne Sainte-Geneviève’ and ‘Bamboléo’ offerings and the Middle School Choir delighted with their rendering of ‘I’ll Be There’. The Function Band, a new joint ensemble seven piece, made an impressive debut with their renditions of ‘Love on Top’ and ‘Vida Del Funk’.

There were also stunning solo pieces from Abigail Naylor on saxophone, the recent winner of the Girls’ Division Carter Cup for an Outstanding Musician, who played ‘Caprice’ and from Henry Webb on drums, the recent winner of the Boys’ Division Young Musician of the Year Award, who played ‘Dark Matter’.

The spectacular evening ended with the Massed Choir being joined by the whole congregation in a rousing version of ‘Jerusalem’ and a retiring collection for Barnardo’s.

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