I thought long and hard about the name for this concert at the weekend when we were, once again, surrounded with snow. The bitter cold, the crisp snow on the ground; it hardly felt like spring. Thankfully, the weather cleared and there was no threat of cancellation for this much-anticipated event. A bumper crop of soloists and ensembles (some postponed from our Winter Concert) treated the audience to a wide variety of musical genres from a broad spectrum of composers. It is absolutely fantastic for me as a Head of Department to be able to showcase the many, many talented members of our school community. I am proud of each and every performer (that goes without saying) but, I am particularly proud of those who overcame their own personal challenges to perform or were performing in a school concert for the very first time. I am also particularly proud of our school ensembles who performed with aplomb on Tuesday. Ensemble music making at d’Overbroeck’s is something that has been a focus of development over the past couple of years. We currently boast a number of ensembles which are genuinely ‘whole school’. Bands, string groups, string quartets (x2!), wind bands, flute groups, choirs (three of them across the school) and many more now are regular fixtures at our concerts.
So, very many congratulations to each and every performer and thanks to Rachel, Lianne and other Music Department staff, alongside Jo Kailes and Joe Swarbrick, for making such a concert possible and so very successful.
Dr Philip Purvis
Director of Music & Music Technology