SIMPLY THE BEST START TO CHRISTMAS – HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR GRAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT
They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year and it certainly felt like that as our students performed their first Christmas concert since 2019. Over 60 students took part in the yuletide extravaganza, with nine musical ensembles performing twenty festive pieces. If you weren’t able to come along then please enjoy our video of highlights which showcases each of the ensembles who performed – you can watch and listen to it here.
The Concert Band opened the concert with a Christmas medley of popular tunes to get everyone in the mood, followed by everyone joining in to sing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The School Choir sang four beautiful pieces including Somewhere in my memory, Do you hear what I hear and Winter Wonderland, under the direction of Mr Dickinson who has stepped in to lead the choir during Mrs Noble’s maternity leave. They did a fabulous job. The Guitar ensemble played In Dulci Jubilo and Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree and made a beautiful sound under the leadership of Mr Harris.
The Concert Band also played 3-minute Nutcracker which really showed off the talent of the different sections in the band. The audience were enchanted with the sound of the Chamber Choir, directed by Mr Harbottle. They sang two acapella arrangements of Lulla Lulla Lullay and Normandy Carol which were stunning with impeccable harmonies. They were followed by the String Ensemble who really captivated the audience with their performances of Silent Night and Sarabande.
After the interval, the Percussion Ensemble injected some lively rhythms to the proceedings with Quasi Bossa Nova, followed by the Jazz Band’s toe-tapping rendition of Santa Claus is comin’. The newly-formed Brass Quintet showed off their versatility and talent when playing In the bleak midwinter – you could hear a pin drop. The audience were delighted to be involved in the proceedings and were invited to join in Schneewaltzer, singing and swaying to the music.
A-level Music students Harold Raven, Georgie Hickman and Maisy Forbes performed an outstanding arrangement of O Holy Night, with Georgie and Maisy singing the duet and Harold accompanying on the piano. The Chamber Choir came back to the stage to perform White Christmas and a lovely jazz-style I’ll be home for Christmas before the Jazz Band concluded the evening with Big Band Christmas.
Our thanks, as always, go to the students who performed so well and to our instrumental teachers for their unfaltering support. Special thanks to Mr Boyd who always goes the extra mile to ensure our students have multiple performance experiences, not just at Christmas but throughout the whole year.
We are so proud to have such a vibrant, enthusiastic and talented group of musicians who along with our fantastic dancers and actors are the backbone of our Performing Arts department. There can’t be many schools and colleges in the country who have put on a top-quality pantomime and Christmas concert involving over 120 students in the space of ten days.
Everyone wholeheartedly agreed that this was the best start to Christmas and left the hall feeling that it really was the most wonderful time of the year!