Our Gala Concert took place last Sunday at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich, where the audience were treated to a full orchestral and choral concert, over 130 students and parents (in our parent choir) coming together to perform Faure’s Requiem. Our Director of Music who conducted the concert reported on the evening.
Emma Kent, Director of Music
We were hugely excited host this year’s Gala Concert here at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich on Sunday night. It has been a challenging few years for the music and the arts, and to able to organise a full orchestral and choral concert to which we could invite everyone was simply brilliant!
The Corn Exchange was the perfect venue and audience in attendance were given a treat of the senses with a varied programme designed to give snapshot of just some of our music making this year. From exuberant opening brass fanfare (written by Paul Shepherd) delivered by surprise from the hidden balcony, through to the final serene, quiet and gentle harmonies of ‘In Paradisum’ (Faure’s Requiem) the level of commitment and energy from all was hugely engaging.
To see students from Year 7 to 13 enjoying their music making and relishing that indefinable feeling, that frisson of nerves, excitement and joy that results from humans working together on something they love and want to share, was an honour to behold.
I’ve been delighted to receive a great many emails from parents and other guests saying what a special event it was – this has genuinely been the highlight of my two years here at School so far.