Magical Midsummer Concert
Monday, 04 July 2011
The Girls' Division Midsummer Concert saw girls and boys from Years 7 to 13 demonstrate their advanced musical ability through a wide range of genres on this balmy summer's evening.
The Senior Concert Band, conducted by Miss Berry, opened the evening with the William Tell Overture, featuring an inspired xylophone solo by Year 13 student Ben Dilworth. Mr Forgrieve led the percussion ensemble through foot-tapping versions of The Cup of Life and his own creation, War Dance.
The Junior Concert Band exhibited their musical skills with renditions of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and the theme tune from The Simpsons. Georgina Hallums and Shannon Miller, two Year 13 mezzo-sopranos, sang beautiful and mature interpretations of Schumann Lieder and a Baroque Italian aria and from the shows: I'd Give My Life for You from Sweeney Todd and Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man from Showboat.
The Flute Choir performed a captivating medley from The Sound of Music and the Senior Flute Ensemble gave a snappy performance of When The Saints Go Marching In. The Year 8 Choir sang with conviction and energy The Erie Canal and an enchanting song which the Year 8 Choir performed in three parts: We Are The Young by Mary Donnelly.
The Jazz Band brought the evening to a dramatic climax with Hit The Bricks, featuring some inspired choreographed trumpet playing, and Trofeo De Bolos.
Drawing the evening to a close, Headmistress Gill Richards, who was enjoying her last Girls' Division concert before retirement, said: "During my time at Bolton School, I have gone to every concert and I have genuinely loved every one of them. It is one of the many things that have made it an absolute privilege to work here."
On behalf of the Old Girls' Association, Mrs Laura Henthorn handed over gifts and cards to Mrs Richards and said: "It has been such a pleasure to know and work with Gill Richards. She always brings a smile to any gathering she is at and she has had a 'can-do' attitude to anything that the Old Girls or the Parents' Association have suggested. She will be sorely missed by everyone."