Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Senior Boys at Bolton School – with some help from the Girls’ Division - demonstrated the breadth and depth of their musical talent at this year’s uplifting Autumn Concert held in the School’s Great Hall. Mr Forgrieve’s well-rehearsed Drum Corps and Tuned Percussion Ensemble opened the evening in fine style with rousing renditions of Doldrums Knot and Crazy For You; performances which bookmarked the School’s Joint Senior Concert Band’s masterly playing of West Side Story Selection and Sing, Sing, Sing and an impromptu encore of Born To Be Wild, directed by Miss Sherry.
The School’s Brass Group offered up arresting renderings of Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer and Noel Gallagher’s Don’t Look Back In Anger before Mrs Hughes-Williams led them through a tight and joyous playing of Tequila. The Ukuleles Ensemble, a perennial favourite, impressed with their interpretations of Hotel California and, putting everyone in the Festive mood, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Mr Bleasdale expertly guided the Senior Guitar Group through the classics, Girl (Lennon/McCartney) and Eric Clapton’s Layla.
The Joint Chamber Choir, conducted by Mrs Whitmore and Mr Ainscough, brought heavenly voices to the evening with accomplished recitals of The Cloths Of Heaven and Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know. The Classical Guitar Quartet offered up exquisite renditions of Canarios and Contradanza, before the Bolton School Jazz Band, directed by Mr Spooner, rocked the concert with Basin Street Blues and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.
The Grand Finale was provided by the whole of Year 8, directed by Miss Sherry and Mrs Whitmore, who sang wonderfully uplifting versions of Riptide, Rhythm Of The Night and Madness’s Our House. A delighted audience spilled out into the dark Autumnal evening awed by the talents of the musicians and with souls replenished.
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