Jazz Band in action - Ross Buckley (Year 12)

The annual Autumn Concert, hosted by DCHS, this year involved well over 350 students from both schools. The evening started with First Orchestra from DCHS who performed Norwegian Dances 2 & 3. Con Brio, a choir from DCHS, shortly followed with a very cheerful This Train Is Bound For Glory and then Steal Away.

The Junior Choir from DCGS then took a turn singing This Little Light Of Mine - a piece previously performed in music assemblies last half term. This was Junior Choir's first major performance this year and for many of the younger students, their first ever performance at a concert!

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The Close Harmony from the girls' school then took a different direction singing The Rose - and were described by one audience member as having performed it 'beautifully'. One of the favourites of the evening was Swing band, a group of over 80 musicians from both DCGS and DCHS. They performed many famous songs, including Mambo Number 5, Twist and Shout, Sway and Baby Elephant Walk.

Shortly after the interval, Jazz Band performed. Jazz Band are DCGS's premier jazz group and played Old Devil Moon, Rule the Roost and The Watermelon Man. The group performed to their usual very high standards, once again managing to raise the bar.

Head of Music at DCGS, Mr Tansley, said that he was 'delighted' with the concert and that he continues to be 'exceedingly impressed' with the 'excellent dedication' that all of the students have to their music. The concert was topped off with a finale of 150 Year 7s from DCHS who performed Carnival! All of the students performed in animal costumes. Overall, it was an excellent end to what was, once again, a wonderful concert.