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Monday, 18 November 2013
This year’s Autumn Concert showcased the depth and breadth of musical talent within the Girls’ Division at Bolton School.
The evening opened with Guy Woolfenden’s moody six-parted “Gallimaufry” which derives from music written for the RSC’s production of Henry IV, which opened the Barbican Theatre, London in 1982. The piece was played with mastery and discipline by the Senior Concert Band.
This was quickly followed by the Middle School Choir, conducted by Mrs Stephanie Adlam and fresh from their recent performance at the Manchester Star Ball, who demonstrated a stunning vocal range as they performed Albrecht and Althouse’s “I am a Small Part of the World”.
The Junior Concert Band then engaged the audience with a lively, foot-tapping and upbeat rendition of Mambo Number 5.
The Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Mr Ian Forgrieve, offered up a jaunty but controlled piece of ‘Money Money Money’, enabling the ensemble to skilfully demonstrate a wide range of percussive instruments. The String Orchestra, conducted by Mr Gareth Williams, demonstrated their prowess with versions of Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’ and “California Dreamin’”.
The evening continued with the Senior Flute Ensemble, who delivered a haunting version of Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides Overture”.
Highlights from the musical “Annie” and then a very popular “Gangnam Style” including suitably attired Sixth Form student dancers, marked out the short set by the Intermediate Concert Band.
The Senior Choir, conducted by Mrs Vivienne Carter and accompanied by Mr Peter Morrison then revisited the stunning piece ‘Flying Free’ by Besig. Conducted by Mr Jeremy Bleasdale, the Joint Senior Guitar Group played “Ain’t Nobody”, a piece arranged by Mr Bleasdale himself.
The depth and musical talent of Bolton School pupils continued to shine with the combined choirs singing everyone’s favourite “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. The String Quartet, conducted by Miss Jane Gleeson, performed “The Owl and the Cuckoo”, before the evening drew to a close with the Senior Chamber Choir singing two of their favourites, ‘Not While I’m Around’ and ‘Day by Day’.
To round off the hugely successful evening the Jazz Band, conducted by Miss Fiona Berry, had everyone up on their feet to the sounds of ‘Spain’ by Corea and ‘Cruisin for a Bluesin’ by Weiner.
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