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Wednesday, 06 July 2016
The Joint Saxophone Choir travelled to Birmingham on Wednesday 6 July to perform at the Music For Youth (MFY) National Festival alongside dozens of other musical ensembles who had been invited to participate.
They played initially in the Festival Tent in Centenary Square next to Symphony Hall and then moved onto the prestigious City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) Centre for the next session. The appreciative audience in this packed venue enjoyed listening to Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J S Bach, arranged by Lacour, followed by the foot-tapping Mrs Malcolm, Her Reel (Funky Freuchie) by Richard Ingram.
The MFY Music Mentors (Neil Valentine and Sarah Watts) were very complimentary about the Saxophone Choir, stating in their feedback comments that the ensemble performed with “commendable flow and exciting intensity” and had “some excellent top line solos”. They also said it was wonderful to see such an ensemble made up of pupils all from one school.
The afternoon concluded with a creative workshop led by Jason Huxtable of Leeds College of Music in which the group combined with the members of the Chamber Choir from Archbishop Holgate’s C of E School (York) to explore the compositional possibilities presented when realising a skeleton score of the German electronic band Kraftwerk’s Trans Europe Express.
Throughout the day, the pupils were a real credit to Bolton School and congratulations must go to them and their director, Miss Berry, on their fine performances.
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