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The massed voices of Year 8 formed a stunning centrepiece to this year’s Autumn Concert. The girls performed two upbeat songs from the musical Hairspray: ‘Good Morning Baltimore’ and ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’. Throughout the rest of the evening, the audience was delighted with a wide range of music from ensembles, choirs and soloists.

The Joint Jazz Band opened the concert with familiar hits: A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ and ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder. They were followed by soloist Taya Panter (Year 11), performing ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ from My Fair Lady. The Percussion Ensemble played ‘Sway’ and ‘Oye Mi Canto’, the Flute Quartet played ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ and the Intermediate Concert Band played ‘Havana’.

After Year 8’s performance, soloist Sally Cowling (Year 13) took to the stage: she played Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major, 1st Movement. The Middle School Choir then sang ‘Be Still My Soul’ and the Senior Strings played ‘Basse-Danse’ from the Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock. Grace Collins (Year 11) gave a solo performance of ‘The Story of Lucy and Jessie’ from Sondheim’s Follies. The Senior Choir sang two pieces: ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born and Rutter’s ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’. The finale was delivered in fine style by the Joint Senior Orchestra, playing Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, 1st Movement, and Strauss’s ‘Radetzky March’.

Overall, the Autumn Concert was an evening of uplifting music in a variety of styles and showcased the talent and hard work of the School’s young musicians.

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