The root of the word ‘festival’ is the same stem from which we get the word ‘feast’. Our Festival of Woodwind and Brass last week was more of a prix fixe two courses rather than the full ten course menu gastronomique, but nevertheless those courses were a celebration of talent and a true delight, even if we were hungry for a little more at the end.
Opening our concert was the brass group in its first ever outing, playing Spring by Vivaldi, and very well they did too; I look forward to more performances from them at future concerts. We enjoyed a variety of solos and styles and a lovely flute duet from sisters Ellen and Lin who are studying at d’Overbroeck’s International School, and finished with a fabulous performance from the Wind Band (joined by guest percussionist Seth) who rushed us to the Spain of ‘Carmen’ in their ‘Toreador’s Song’.
Sadly our audience didn’t beat the rush hour traffic which was still very much in full flow as we left but we did have a very uplifting time enjoying the talents and hard work of our wonderful students. Well done everyone, and thank you to all the teachers who helped accompany and prepare their students.
Richard Poyser – Director of Music