Musicians End Term on a High at Online Spring Concert
By Miss Goodsell, Director of Music
Our Spring concert, streamed to parents and pupils on March 30th, was the culmination of a mixed term of online and face to face rehearsals.
We spent seven rehearsals muted, playing one at a time and doing our best to create some sense of polyphony. Then, from 8th March we were back in school and it was full steam ahead to pull together a concert in just two group rehearsals. Our ensembles were still restricted on numbers and groups had to get used to singing 2m apart from each other, which meant that each individual felt like they were singing all alone, even if the overall sound was one of a homogenous choir. But the students have done a fantastic job and their performances are a testament to their enthusiasm.
The Spring concert is traditionally when we celebrate the work of the Year 13’s with them performing concerto movements with the Symphony Orchestra.
With ensembles above 15 restricted, Izzy and India prepared the song ‘For Good’ from the musical ‘Wicked’ with a small ensemble and Lizzie presented a solo piano piece which she is preparing for her ARSM diploma later in the year.
Highlights of the concert include the student led a cappella group ‘Tone Down for What’ singing their own mashup of ‘Watch’ by Billie Eilish and ‘Habits/Stay High’ by Tove Lo, arranged by India. There were also confident performances from the Chamber Orchestra performing ‘Libertango’ by Piazzola and Lower School Chamber Choir ending the concert with ‘You lift me up’ arranged by Roger Emerson.
Well done to all involved.
If you missed the performance, please see here to catch up on our YouTube channel.