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Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Blowing away any Autumnal cobwebs, Mr Forgrieve’s Drum Corps opened the Boys’ Division Concert with Stx ‘n’ Clx, a catchy piece which allowed the boys to show off their considerable percussive talents. The School’s Joint Senior Concert Band, conducted by Miss Deady, offered up poised renderings of O Magnum Mysterium and Stephenson’s Rocket before Mr Forgrieve’s Tuned Percussion Ensemble performed an ingenious adaptation of Money, Money, Money.
The Boys’ Brass Group, led by Mrs Hughes-Williams, had everyone’s feet tapping with their jaunty versions of perennial favourites Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk and Take That’s Rule the World and the upbeat mood was maintained with the Steel Pans Group’s playing of Yellow Bird and the Senior Guitar Group’s offering of a catchy Stevie Wonder Medley arranged by Mr Bleasdale.
Opening the second half of the show, the Joint Chamber Choir sang flawless versions of Autumn Leaves and Cups (When I’m Gone), the latter including imaginative clicks, claps and slaps to maintain the beat; Mrs Whitmore and Mr Ainscough expertly guided the choir through the pieces. The Classical Guitar Quartet, led by Mr Gjylaci, played a flawless Sonata in D and they were quickly followed by the Joint Senior Jazz Band, who showcased a number of individual solos in the playing of three songs: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Duke Ellington’s C Jam Blues; and Birdland.
The evening came to a rousing conclusion with the whole of Year 8 boys, directed by Mrs Hampson and Miss Sherry, singing heartening adaptations of Rolling in the Deep, Jar of Hearts and Mr Blue Sky. The capacity Great Hall roared its approval!
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