Autumn Concert – 16th November 2023

Posted: 23rd November 2023

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Also sprach Zarathustra,’ the famous stirring fanfare by Strauss, opened our Autumn Concert, setting the tone for an amazing evening of music from our large ensembles and choirs. Queen took the stage next, posing as the Concert Orchestra in an exciting medley of songs from that inimitable group, ably led as usual by Miss Leisha Zanardo. Conabor Choir unveiled their Halloween (okay, maybe a little late) suite with ‘The Bat’ and ‘Someone Came Knocking,’ ably accompanied by our newest addition to the music staff, Mr. Fearghus Fallon. Another new member of the music team, Miss Emily Newman-Pond, then led Cremona Strings in a rendition of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Strings. Cantemus Chorus, gearing up for Chicago, treated us to two little jazz standards of an astronomical nature with ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ and ‘How High the Moon,’ directed by our Head of Vocal Studies, Miss Jenny Bacon. Mr. Patrick Dodds then led the Brass Ensemble back on stage for ‘In Dreams’ from the film ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ ‘Mamma Mia!’—and following the brass, what a performance of it from the Brunner Show Choir, led from the piano by Miss Leisha Zanardo. Next, the spotlight was on Y10 student Anna R-B as she played the trumpet for Torelli’s Trumpet Concerto, accompanied by the Senior Strings and directed by our Head of Strings, Miss Laura Dodds. We then had a little Seville ‘corner’ with some of the pieces we learned while away at half-term. Firstly, ‘Flamenco’ and ‘Suave Respiro’ played by the Seville Ensemble and written for the tour by Miss Leisha Zanardo. Then two a cappella items directed by Miss Jenny Bacon—’Simple Gifts’ and ‘El Vito.’ The Symphony Orchestra closed the evening with a movement from Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Scheherazade’ and Verdi’s Grand March from ‘Aïda.’ It was a delight to have a full house and an incredibly appreciative audience acknowledging the superb performances that our students had given. It was fully deserved! Listen back below:

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