Where to begin? Well, I suppose, at the beginning – it is, after all, a very good place to start. Our Orchestra (known in the Music Department as ‘super-orchestra’ because it draws on students from Year 7-13 and is the largest ever assembled (at d’Overbroeck’s, that is)) got us straight into the Christmas mood with a wonderful performance of Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, featuring not just sleigh bells but the crack of the driver’s whip, courtesy of Tamir in the percussion section! But where to go from there?
There were amazing solo performances and a feast of ensemble pieces; there was classical music, pop, rock, jazz, Christmas carolling, African drums, Argentinian Tango, Latin and Disco. Quite literally, something for everyone. Picking highlights is nearly impossible, but the ‘Feelin’ Good’ as performed by Romany, Emmie, Omri and Nieve, with Archie on drums and Kit on bass was something that will linger in the memory for a long time. One of the real delights was seeing all of the students, from Year 7 to 11, perform with confidence and style, happy in what they were doing and giving pleasure to everyone there. Special thanks go to the Sixth Form students who came down to perform in the orchestra and with our Gaudeamus choir, to Anne-Marie Jones who accompanied Dan, Bea and Thomas on her cello in their performance of Pachelbel’s evergreen Canon in D, to Archie and Kit for helping out whenever required, to Leah Howard and the catering team for organising the lovely interval refreshments and to my wonderful colleagues in the Music Department- incredibly talented and a joy to work with. Here is an email from one of our audience that sums it all up:
“Just to say that I loved being at last night’s concert – and I suspect that this went for everyone else there. Everything about it was heartwarming – the quality and range of the music and of the performances, [and] the self-assured enthusiasm…..”
Richard Poyser, Director of Music