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A Wonderful Celebration of Music

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Bolton School Girls' Division's Autumn Concert provided a wonderful celebration of music and showcased the depth and breadth of talent within the school - hundreds of girls took part in the evening and they were ably assisted by Bolton School boys who performed with them in a variety of joint bands and choirs.

The evening offered a wide spectrum of styles and genres of music and Headmistress Miss Hincks commended the music staff in bowing to the tastes of the girls by allowing them to perform covers and tributes to the likes of Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Westlife.  

The School has a strong tradition of presenting performances in their concerts to a superb standard and this night proved no exception.  The Senior Concert Band opened the evening with rousing performances of Carnival and the Symphonic Suite from Startrek, which included an outstanding sax solo from Head Girl, Katie Lloyd.

Next the ever ubiquitous Percussion Ensemble, who performed an interpretation of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi and the Can Can using plastic tubes, their bodies and the floor!  A real first for the girls' Great Hall and it was warmly received by the delighted audience.

The Intermediate Concert Band, conducted by Miss Berry, had everyone tapping their feet with a selection of song arrangements from Glee as did the String Ensemble with their version of Coldplay's Viva La Vida.  The Junior Concert Band, directed by Mr Dawkins, including instrumentalists from the girls' Junior School, produced a moving performance of You Raise Me Up as a tribute to Westlife.

The second half of the evening highlighted the outstanding singing talents and vocal skills of our pupils. The Girls' Division Middle School Choir enraptured the audience with their harmonious versions of Hallelujah and a combined offering of Arabian Nights and I Can Show You the World from Disney's Aladdin. Singing performances were then contrasted by the Girls' Division Senior Flute Quartet's bewitching rendition of Beale Street Breeze.  The audience was then further mesmerised by the Junior Chamber Choir's Just a Single Voice, the Joint Chamber Choir's version of John Rutter's The Lord Bless You and Keep You and I Got Rhythm and the Senior Choir's moving interpretations of As Long as I Have Music and display of vocal fireworks in Cy Coleman's The Rhythm of Life.  The celebration of music concluded with the Joint Jazz Band who performed lively interpretations of Hit the Bricks and Pick up the Pieces.

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Mrs Carter conducts the Middle School Choir

Mrs Carter conducts the Middle School Choir

Music from Glee

The Intermediate Concert Band perform music from Glee

Head Girl

Head Girl Katie Lloyd performs a stunning saxophone solo