Tuesday evening saw our large senior ensembles performing together for the final time, before study leave and examination preparation take precedence next term. It was a memorable evening with a fabulous range of repertoire, ranging from Lennon and McCartney to Brahms and Ravel. The first half featured choral performances from the Joint Chamber Choir (with Abingdon School) performing two Rutter madrigals under the direction of John Cotton; Cantores with a wonderful a cappella arrangement of Billy Joel’s The Longest Time, and Chapel Choir who sang the glorious Brahms anthem How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings. The choirs were interspersed with instrumental ensembles – Brass Band performing Holst and The Beatles, Altus flute trio (national finalists in the recent Pro Corda chamber music competition), and Camerata, featuring Upper Sixth music scholar Athalie in an outstanding performance of Vivaldi’s violin concerto in A minor. After the interval, Concert Band raised the roof with a medley of John Williams’ film themes, Ensemble Bar 61 reprised their wonderful arrangement of Mister Sandman and the evening concluded with First Orchestra – first accompanying Upper Sixth music scholar Ellie in a captivating performance of Weber’s Concertino for clarinet, before bringing proceedings to a close with Ravel’s mesmerising Bolero. Huge congratulations to everyone involved.
1st Orchestra - Weber Concertino
Cantores - With You
Brass Band - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band