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Friday, 04 May 2012
Bolton School Girls' Division presented an outstanding showcase
of music in their annual May Serenade, highlighting the breadth of
talent throughout the School.
The very best of Bolton School's bands and ensembles were on top
form for this concert, which involved the joint Chamber Choir, Jazz
Band, Senior, Intermediate and Junior Concert Bands, Girls'
Division String Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Middle School
Choir, Senior Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Junior
Chamber Choir and Senior Choir.
Under Miss Berry's direction, Senior Concert Band opened with a
sumptuous 'Jesus Christ Superstar' medley followed by an amazing
combination of famous melodies from the Classical and Romantic
orchestral repertoire entitled: 'Instant Concert'! The Girls'
Division Percussion ensemble presented, in their unique and
wonderful style, the entrancing rhythms of from 'Tribal Gathering'
and a very engaging arrangement of Scott Joplin's 'The Entertainer'
led by the ubiquitous Mr Forgrieve. The Intermediate Concert band
performed an innovative and contemporary Lady Gaga 'dance mix',
followed by the String Orchestra's haunting rendition of Coldplay's
'Clocks' with a warm and polished version of 'I dreamed a dream'
from Les Miserables.
The Junior Concert Band's upbeat performance of 'YMCA'
maintained the excitement and the evening continued with more
outstanding offerings, including Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' and
'Hushabye Mountain', which were sung beautifully by the Middle
School Choir. The Senior Flute Quartet performed with precision and
energy, the Junior Chamber Choir produced a wonderful,
sumptuous tone in their performances of two classic favourites: 'I
have a dream' (ABBA) and 'Over the Rainbow'. Our ladies barbershop
quartet, known as 'The Accidentals' performed a most moving
arrangement (with a remarkably full sound for just four voices!) of
'The Sound of Silence'. Our Clarinet Choir delighted the audience
with their light-hearted 'Cotton Candy', contrasted with warm,
moving interpretations of two close-harmony arrangements of
'Killing me softly' and, what has become something of a favourite:
'As Long As I have Music'. Our Joint Chamber Choir's 'Seasons of
Love' was wonderfully dynamic with an enchanting medley from The
Lion King to follow. The joint Jazz Band concluded a fantastic
evening with energy, style and an impressive number of decibels
with the audience swinging to their performances of 'Mambo Hot' and
A superb display of GCSE Art Coursework was exhibited for the
audience before the concert, demonstrating our artists' huge
talents. A retiring collection raised money for SKCV (Street Kids'
Community Villages) in India.
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