23rd November 2015
Writing: Daniel Le Grys (Year 8)
Editing: Jack Webb (Year 9)
On Monday, students from both DCGS and DCHS performed in a concert at the Amersham Free Church. The evening began impressively with the Joint Orchestra giving a wonderful rendition of Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, which the audience appreciated greatly. The excellent musicianship continued with the DCGS String Ensemble performing 'Air' and 'Prelude' from Holst's Brook Green Suite, followed by the DCHS String Ensemble playing an arrangement of the 1st Movement of Bach's Suite in D major.
After this came the first of six talented soloists: Benjamin Smythe (Year 9) setting a high standard with 'Finzi's Romance' from Five Bagatelles for the clarinet, followed by Charlotte Wayment's moving Cantabile et Presto by Enesco on the flute, Fraser Buckley's magnificent performance of Czardas by Mont on the xylophone, Emma Stallard's beautiful Sonata in E minor by Brahms for the cello, Matthew Sach-Keen's fantastic 'Nigun' on violin from Baal Shem by Bloch, and concluding with Georgina Proctor's artistic interpretation of Mozart's Concerto in D for flute.
With the audience's applause still ringing, the DCGS String Quartet took to the stage and played Mozart's String Quartet No.17 in B flat major. This was another fine performance involving great skill. From DCHS came the Con Brio a capella group, who sang four pieces in true harmony: Come Again (Dowland); ‘O Bone Jesu’ from Drei Geistliche Chöre (Brahms); Nobody Knows (arranged by Phillips) and Deep River (arranged by Gerlitz).
In a rousing finale, the Joint Schools' Choir, including staff, performed Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb - Festival Cantata, accompanied superbly by Dr Flood on the organ. Four fantastic solos from Alissa Parmenter, Harriet Mepham, Oliver Moring and Matthew Sach-Keen, combined with a powerful performance from the assembled choir, produced some glorious music to end the concert, which was very well received by the audience.
Congratulations to the students and staff who took part and to Mr Tansley, Miss Gee and Miss Korzinek for directing such a special programme of choral and instrumental music.