Festival of Strings and Percussion
Perhaps this recital should really have been called ‘Festival of Strings and Percussion-ist’, with Seth on drums providing the only percussion on this occasion. Our Sixth Form superstars came down to perform some wonderful Bartók and to accompany our amazing Year 10 student Thomas on violin in Vivaldi’s evergreen and entirely fitting Spring from ‘Le Quattro Stagioni’. We then heard more beautiful violin and viola playing, an Irish Reel from Oscar (in – wait for it.. Irish rugby top and leprechaun hat and beard), lovely guitar and cello pieces and Otis’s incredible one-man band, by virtue of his looping station and fearless singing/rapping. Seth closed the show with The Beatles ‘Come Together’- an invitation we did not need, having already come together over the course of a lovely 45 minutes in our appreciation of our excellent musicians. Well done to all of our performers, and thank you!
7-11 Spring Concert Review, Tuesday 19th March
Where to begin when describing something that took us on a musical trip around the world, through time, and through a universe of emotion? At the beginning- why not? Students from across the whole school united to perform Prokofiev’s epic and doom-laden March of the Knights from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (also known as the theme tune to The Apprentice) and, in doing so, set the theme for the entire concert: it was inclusive (we had beginners alongside seasoned old hands), played to everyone’s strengths, and whatever the individual ability level we aimed high in terms of performance. It was, in short, fantastic. We heard a capella singing, knock-out musical theatre from the Year 7s, wind and brass groups, a terrific tango (forgive the alliteration- sorry) from the strings with Latin percussion accompaniment, Bohemian Rhapsody (how’s that for ambitious?!) from the choir with Brain May (sorry, no- it was Archie Hull) on guitar, amazing jazz solo singing with full band accompaniment, two GCSE compositions (so different but so good!), all rounded off by the Year 10 supergroup Steamed Greens. Their composition Mar Vista is surely destined to become one of the hits of the summer. If you’re wondering what sort of music they play the drummer, Giuliano, tells me it’s “shiny rust”. No, I’m none the wiser either, but I can tell you that if it is shiny rust then I like shiny rust. A huge well done to all of our amazing performers!!
My very heartfelt thanks go also to Anne Marie Jones and Sarah Shekleton for looking after the students in the Music Room whenever they weren’t performing, to Joe Swarbrick for working his magic with sound and lighting, and to my colleagues in the Music Department Lianne and Rachel for their musical inspiration and hard work!
Richard Poyser – Director of Music