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Instrumental Gala Concert, Sunday 25 June 2023

30 Jun 23

This academic year has certainly been one of change in the Music department, so being able to hold our Instrumental Gala Concert to such a full house last Sunday and showcase the talent and commitment from everyone involved in preparation and performance, was such an honour and a delight. Seven different ensembles came together to produce an evening of pure splendour, ranging from Haydn to Harry Styles!

Symphony Orchestra started the evening, with the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C; the solo adeptly played by Year 13’s Lucy C. They then moved on to a wonderful rendition of The Suffolk Suite by Carwithen, finally finishing with Vaughan Williams’ English Folksong Suite. A gallant effort from all and a very big thank you to Mr Penny for his guidance and time given to Symphony Orchestra this year.

Chamber Orchestra this year has been directed by Miss Nadia Alzapiedi, and we say thank you to all members for their wonderful musicianship but especially to Year 13’s Lucy and Year 11’s Ellen for their solo roles in the 1st movement of Albinoni’s Concerto for Two Oboes.

Single Reeds under the careful direction of Mrs Lesley Clarke, played a wonderful variety of pieces, all arranged by Mrs Clarke herself, meaning every one of her reed students is able to play, regardless of their level.

Brass Ensemble, Concert Band, Cellisti and finally Swing Band all played a variety of different pieces showcasing their musical endeavours and hard graft over the year. From Hit the Road Jack by Single Reeds, Back to the Future by Brass Ensemble to the Ritual Fire Dance from Concert Band, as well as Paint it Black by Cellisti. Swing Band finished off the evening with Late Night Talking by Harry Styles.

As we edge closer to the end of this year, we’d like to thank all of our Peripatetic teachers for their time, effort and support over the last few terms, and also to parents, and students for their ongoing support and commitment to the department. Here’s to next year!

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