Vast Variety at Autumn Concert
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Varied ensembles and groups performed familiar tunes in a broad range of musical styles at the Boys’ Division Autumn Concert. Director of Music Mr Bleadsale began by reflecting on the 400 individual music lessons taking place each week in the Boys’ Division, and the fact that the School teaches music as part of the Lower School curriculum, enabling the whole of Year 8 to provide a fantastic finale to this event.
The first item on the programme was the Drum Corps, which provided a dramatic opening to the evening’s music with ‘Swinging Accents’ and ‘Rolling in Rhythm’. Next the Joint Senior Concert Band performed ‘Highlights from La La Land’ and Chick Corea’s ‘Spain’ which included some great brass solos.
The Tuned Percussion Ensemble skilfully played two instantly recognisable pieces: ‘Summertime’ and ‘Moondance’. They were followed by the Ukuleles Ensemble performing ‘Limehouse Blues’ and ‘Hey Jude’.
Next to take centre stage was the Brass Group, playing ‘William Tell’ and ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. The Steel Pans Group then performed ‘Spanish Eyes’ and ‘Yellow Bird’, followed by the Senior Guitar Group playing ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’.
In the first vocal performance of the evening, the Joint Chamber Choir delighted the audience with renditions of ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ and a stunning arrangement of ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’ featuring several solos.
The Classical Guitar Quartet performed ‘Allegro (from RV 93 in D Major)’ by Antonio Vivaldi. The last instrumental group to perform was the Joint Jazz Band, playing ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’, ‘Basin Street Blues’ and ‘Born to be Wild’.
Finally, to bring the Autumn Concert to a close, the whole of Year 8 stood to sing three pieces: ‘Paradise’, ‘It Must Be Love’ and ‘Pompeii’. This made a spectacular end to the evening’s music and all of the boys performed well, especially the soloists.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, with many members of the audience unable to resist tapping their toes or quietly singing along to tunes like ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Born to be Wild’. At the end, Headmaster Philip Britton led the audience in another round of applause to congratulate the young musicians and to thank staff in the Music Department who helped to put the whole evening together.
Click the links in the article above or the links below to watch a variety of musical performances from the Autumn Concert 2018:
- Drum Corps: Swinging Accents & Rolling in Rhythm
- Joint Senior Concert Band: Spain
- Ukuleles Ensemble: Hey Jude
- Brass Group: Singin’ in the Rain
- Joint Chamber Choir: The Writing’s On The Wall
- Joint Jazz Band: Born To Be Wild
- Year 8: Paradise, It Must Be Love, Pompeii
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