2nd July 2015
Writing: George Corby (Year 9)
This evening opened brilliantly with Jazz Workshop, a group of about 20 students from Years 7 to 10, who played Yeah, You Right! and Fat Burger. This was soon followed by a performance of The Mary Rose, by Super Strings.
Next on was Richie Carr, a guitarist from Year 7 who performed The Wake Up - composed by local guitarist Will McNicol. His performance was incredibly impressive - not only did he play guitar but he also used a loop pedal, a device allowing you to record and play multiple tracks at once, creating a rich, layered performance.
Richie Carr was shortly followed by Flute Ensemble playing The Ugly Duckling, amusing the audience with the periodic interjection of a kazoo into the piece. Guitar Ensemble played a set of Tango Time, Chariots of Fire and Summer Holiday, and were then followed by Junior Choir who performed Hallelujah and Your Song. After that were String Ensemble - the most senior string group in the school. They played Les Boreades by Rameau.
In previous years it has been an unfortunate tradition for the concert to coincide with the hottest day of the year. However, this year the hottest day was the day before a relief for everyone!
After the main ensembles had played, it was time for the Year 10 GCSE performances. For me, the most memorable was the amazing xylophone solo - played by Joshua Jones from Year 10. He played Clementi's Sonata in C with Miss Gee accompanying him on the piano. One Year 7 described his performance as 'absolutely sick!' (Which is a good thing.)
The finale of the concert consisted of over 100 boys from Year 7 singing All You Need is Love by the Beatles. It was a brilliant end to a brilliant concert. On everyone's behalf, I would like to thank Miss Gee, Mr Tansley and all the visiting Music Teachers for the hard work they have put into the concert - it definitely paid off!