The Anniversary Concert
Although the nature of the programme was unashamedly formal, three strategically placed items in the first half provided a lighter foil – the opening fugue on a Lady Gaga theme by the wind ensemble, the flute trio ‘Little Red Monkey’ (complete with discreet movement), and two contrasting songs expertly performed by Chanteurs – the atmospheric ‘Lady in White’ and the show stopper ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, the latter accompanied by some slick choreography!
Other items in the first half featured our most talented solo performers on piano, oboe, violin and voice. The second half consisted of extracts from Handel’s Messiah. For this event, we were very privileged to have as guest artists Edward Roberts (baritone) and Olivia Martin (alto), a past pupil whom we were delighted to welcome back again. Most of the extracts focussed on Part II as is appropriate for this time of year. Interspersed with the choruses were arias sung by Grace, Anna (who stepped in at the last minute), Annabel, Edward and Olivia. The solos and choruses were supported by our string ensemble who had been working extremely hard for weeks preparing for this event.
Special mention must also be made of our Anniversary Choir, comprising junior and senior chamber choirs, staff and parents. It has been a long journey rehearsing since January, but the end result was very beautiful. The spiritual aspect of creating music like this together cannot be underestimated. I would like to express my personal thanks and gratitude to all those involved for their patience and stalwart commitment!