Two short halves-short but quite exquisitely sweet. Balanced and yet each full of contrast, and a great blend of solo performances and ensemble show pieces.
The Orchestra opened the show with a spirited Slavonic Dance by Dvorak (no. 8 since you ask), and followed it up with another dance, this time latin and spicy, composed by Lower Sixth Music student Matthew. Solo items followed: operetta, Sondheim, and Soul.. and a 3-part a capella version of Hit The Road, Jack with step-out solos from Rory and Emma. Hugo took us to the interval with Ed Sheeran’s Take It Back. When his loop pedal failed for a second time no-one would have blamed Hugo for calling it a night; but, cometh the hour, cometh the man, and Hugo did not let a technical hitch prevent him from showing us what he can do. And it was truly fantastic. Straight from the heart, punchy and dynamic, with great guitar-ing, rapping and singing. Perseverance and resilience wrapped up in some great music-making.
The spiritual calm and sadness of Byrd’s wonderful Ave Verum eased us into the second half, sung by Gaudeamus, d’Overbroeck’s chamber choir. Then, some wonderful solos, a fabulous vocal group performance of Walking On Sunshine (remember Katrina and the Waves?) with solos from Emma and Xanthia, all brought to a close with a piano and drum improvisation from seasoned d’Overbroeck’s favourites Peter and Jeffery. What will we do without them?
Special thanks go to all of the Upper Sixth musicians who took part- we’ll miss you!- and to Joe Swarbrick (light and sound) and the Music Department for bringing this joyous evening together and making it all happen!