20th November 2017
Writing: Jewook Ryou (Year 11)
Photography: Cameron Robey (Year 12)
Editing: Cameron Robey (Year 12)
This annual evening celebrating musicians from DCGS and DCHS started with a flourish, the Joint Schools' Orchestra performing Night on a Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky. The thunder of timpanis, low, sinister sounds of cellos and the fast violin melodies combined to make a truly awe-inspiring performance.
Next was 'Allegro Assai' from Sonata No. 2, Op.22 by York Bowen, played on the Viola by Elena Accogli and accompanied by Miss Gee. It was a sublime performance: wonderfully in tune and bursting with character. DCHS vocal group Clef-Hanger followed, singing Circles of Motion by Robert Chilcott.
After that was the DCGS String Ensemble playing String Serenade in E, Op.22, movement 1 by Antonín Dvořák, a Czech composer from the Romantic period. The sound filled the church, and left the audience in pleasant silence.
Another solo followed, this time by Millie Murray on the violin playing 'Movement 1' from Spring Sonata, Op.24 by that timeless titan of music, Ludwig van Beethoven. Speeding up and down the scales, Millie produced a performance that was flowing and light in tone, and a pleasure to listen to. The DCHS String Ensemble followed with Boyce’s Symphony No.1, movement 1.
The evening featured a number of vocal groups including the DCGS Girls' Choir. Performing Orpheus with his Lute and Dream a Little Dream, this group offered something slightly more modern to the evening. This contrasted with Con Brio from DCHS, a group that lives up to its name, translating to 'With Spirit'. They performed Ave Maria, By An' By, Evening Song and Remember Me.
A highlight for me was Psalm 61, composed and directed by the astute Zach Yarrow, a member of the Sixth Form at DCGS. Performed by the DCGS Sixth Form Chamber Choir, the audience were shocked by the fervour and spirit of the performers. Innovatively weaving voices, it was not only a fantastic performance, but an excellent composition as well.
The penultimate performance was the DCGS Octet, performing Mendelssohn’s Octet Op.20, movement 1. Even with only eight instruments, the room was filled with sound, the interweaving parts all working to form a complex tapestry of music.
The best was saved for last, with Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem sung by the Joint Schools' Choir and directed by Mr Tansley. The audience almost seemed to be transported to another dimension as they heard solos from Emma Taylor, Zach Yarrow and Jeyoung Ryou.
I would like to thank Mr Tansley, Miss Gee, Mrs Korzinek, Mr Griffin and all of the music teachers at both DCGS and DCHS for their hard work organising the concert. I would like to especially thank Miss Gee for her last concert at Challoner's: we wish her well in the future.
You can listen to the entire concert below.