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Thursday, 15 November 2012
This year’s Autumn Concert in the Girls’ Division highlighted both the breadth and depth of musical talent on offer in Bolton School. A number of ensembles and bands, featuring hundreds of girls and boys, played a range of musical pieces and hits, everything from Handel to Bob Dylan!
The evening was flawlessly compered by Sixth Form musician and multi-talented musician Hannah Bolton. The Senior Concert Band, conducted by Miss Fiona Berry and recently returned from a tour of Lake Garda, opened the evening with stirring performances of The Bandwagon and Green Folk Dances.
The ever impressive Percussion Ensemble followed, performing A La Samba and Strauss’s Pizzicato Polka as arranged by their conductor, Mr Ian Forgrieve, which involved the use of plastic tubes, the group’s bodies and the floor!
The Junior Concert Band, conducted by Mr Ian Dawkins, meets weekly to practise and comprises pupils from Years 4 to 9. The group, with just a little help from volunteers from Year 10, regularly plays across the School. On the night they performed Latin Fire and a rousing rendition of the theme from The Simpsons. The String Orchestra, conducted by Mr Gareth Williams, played Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Handel’s Hallelujah with restrained passion, whilst the Intermediate Concert Band, which comprises girls and boys from grades 3 to 6, offered up a jaunty medley of Madonna hits.
The Accidentals, made up of four quality Senior Girls singers, sang a moving version of the spiritual Wade in the Water and they were followed by the visually and musically stunning Senior Guitar Group, conducted, as ever, by Mr Jeremy Bleasdale. They performed the Buddy Holly classic and familiar tv soundtrack, Heartbeat.
The Middle School Choir further broadened the range of singing styles performed throughout the evening with offerings from musicals – You’re the One that I Want and We Go Together from Grease and a fine version of The Climb from Hannah Montana. Natasha Lomas performed an atmospheric clarinet solo, playing Andrew Lloyd Webber's Air and Variations. The Senior Choir then showed its virtuosity with renditions of Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love and Poston’s traditional Dance to Your Daddy.
The Senior Flute Quartet played Scott Joplin’s ragtime composition, The Easy Winners and the Chamber Choir concluded the vocal offerings for the evening with moving renditions of Look at the World and, fittingly, Autumn Leaves.
The evening’s celebration of music concluded with the Joint Jazz Band who served up lively interpretations of Brouhaha and Talk is Cheap.
A delighted audience left looking forward to the Ceremony of Carols on Tuesday 18 December and to the Joint Bolton School Concert, which will take place at Victoria Hall, Bolton on Tuesday 26 February at 7.30pm.
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