Our Sixth Form students, under the expert leadership of their A level music peers and friends, offered the most wonderful evening’s entertainment last Friday to a full and appreciative audience at Woodbridge Library.
Mr Milton mirrored his delight in his introductory explanation (that for once he was only there as an occasional piano monkey) with his heartfelt comments at the end about how this fine cohort of pupils had created something so tremendous together, independent of any need for guidance or encouragement – and what a pleasure, therefore, it had been for him to be able simply to sit back and enjoy the experience.
He was not alone in his enjoyment!
I loved the concert, too, and the appreciation from the audience (Friends of Woodbridge Library, and their friends, as well as our school parents and siblings) couldn’t help but overspill the polite boundaries of applause. I heard there were tears in the eyes at time; and the murmured rumbles of appreciation for the jazz classics that nodded so poignantly and beautifully to memories of time long gone, to scratchy records and ill-tuned radios, spoke louder than words.
Enough of this! You should have been there! And if, foolishly, you missed the chance, then you missed Barbershop and Liszt (virtuosic!); concertos for tuba and for two violins (the musical conversation between the protagonists quite exceptional); you missed Mozart and Brahms, beautifully played and sung respectively; and a chance to be Flown to the Moon. You missed smooth instrumental jazz and passionate Pergolesi; and you missed Misty Stardust sprinkled with Moondance. And in a truly delightful bow and curtsey to the eponymous hero of our concert, you missed My Funny Valentine.
Wonderful! Thank you, Friends of Woodbridge Library for your generous and warming hospitality, and thank you the Sixth Form musicians, for a glorious treat on a bracingly cold winter night!