Bolton School Junior Boys

Thank You For The Music

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The Junior Boys’ Spring Concert was an evening of diverse choral and instrumental music, culminating in a toe-tapping ABBA medley sung by the massed voices of the whole school.

Opening the performance was the Percussion Ensemble with ‘Football Fun’ and ‘Samba’. The Junior Boys’ other instrumental ensembles were peppered through the programme, providing contrast to the sung pieces. The Wind Band, featuring brass and woodwind instruments, performed ‘Blowin’ a Warm Breeze’ and ‘The Preacher Man’. The Tuned Percussion Group played ‘Der Hase und der Igal’ and Grieg’s famous ‘Hall of the Mountain King’. ‘Cuerdas / Guitar in Action’ was performed by the Guitar Ensemble and the Strings Group played ‘Sea Suite’. The penultimate performance of the evening was from the Recorder Group with ‘Cuckoo Song’ and ‘Carnival’.

The School’s various choirs also had their moments to shine. The Lower School Choir performed the lullaby ‘Hushabye Mountain’ from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and ‘Roller Ghoster’. The Chamber Choir sang ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ and ‘This Old Man’, with Alex Pearce in Year 6 providing a solo during their performance. The Upper School Choir sang an Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley and ‘Stars in the Sky’.

In addition, the year groups paired up to sing: Years 3 and 4 performed ‘All Our Different Voices’, while Years 5 and 6 sang ‘A Little Can Change The World’. Year 6 pupil Nathan Pierson also sang ‘Consider Yourself’ from the musical Oliver as a vocal solo.

The whole of the Junior Boys’ School came together for the finale, singing a stunning medley of seven songs with accompaniment from Mrs Ives, Mrs Forgrieve and Mr Bleasdale. All of ABBA’s greatest hits were included: ‘Money Money Money’, ‘Super Trouper’, ‘I Had A Dream’, Voulez Vous’, ‘SOS’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Mamma Mia’. The big finish was of course ‘Thank You For The Music’, which was no doubt the thought on everyone’s minds as they departed the Boys’ Division Great Hall.

A retiring collection was held in support of Water Aid, a charity working in twenty-six countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation.

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