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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
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,
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
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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