Tuesday, 28 March 2017
This year’s Spring Concert held at Bolton School Boys’ Division showcased both the depth of talent and the wide variety of musical styles and ensembles within the school. Directed by Mr Forgrieve, the boys’ Drum Corps opened proceedings with a rousing rendition of Stick It! before the percussion ensemble performed their polished version of Burt Bacharach’s The Look of Love. The two ensembles then combined to deliver The Downfall of Paris, once more directed and arranged by Mr Forgrieve.
Year 10 pupil Ben Chowdhury showed his prowess on the organ, offering up two delightful pieces, the Prelude from Three Pieces for Withycombe and Vieux Noel. Girls’ Division pupils joined the uplifting concert when the Joint Senior Concert Band, directed by Mrs Price, played selections form the musical Wicked and Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Buble, Alan Chang and Amy Foster. Next up was the boys’ Ukuleles Ensemble, which delivered memorable interpretations of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Whale of a Time.
The Boys’ Division Jazz Rock Band entertained with Dark Matter before the boys’ Senior Guitar Group, directed by Mr Bleasdale, offered up foot-tapping arrangements of Lennon and McCartney’s Girl and Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer. They were followed by the Joint Senior Jazz Band, who delighted the audience with their renditions of Chamelon, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and C Jam Blues. Mr Gjylaci led the boys’ Classical Guitar Quartet in a flawless rendering of Arena y Sol before the evening then took another direction when the Joint Chamber Choir, directed by Mrs Whitmore and Mr Ainscough, sang harmonious renditions of Echo and Royals. The evening of accomplished music-making drew to a close with some wonderful playing by the Joint Senior Orchestra, led by Mr Bleasdale, of Berlioz’s March to the Scaffold and Bizet’s Farandole. Headmaster Mr Britton thanked pupils and music teachers for their dedication and virtuosity in producing such a wonderful Spring Concert.
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