NHEHS Welcomes Back Live Audience to Summer Concert!
By Miss Goodsell, Director of Music
Whilst the weather was not on our side for an outdoor event, we were delighted to welcome back a real live audience to watch our summer concert on Monday 5th July. One year and four months since our last in-person concert, the atmosphere was excited and full of anticipation as the students lined up ready to perform. This concert was a chance to celebrate the next generation of NHEHS musicians, with predominantly lower school ensembles and some incredibly dedicated Year 11 students back after their assessments.
The Symphony Orchestra, returning after a year’s break, began the concert with two pieces, Elgar’s ‘Salut d’amour’ and the pop song ‘All about the bass’ by Meghan Trainor. Our two bassoonists, Emma and Georgia, both products of the ‘Endangered Instruments’ scheme, held fort here with Ari on cello playing the funky bassline underpinning the piece.
We were really pleased to hear some curriculum work too. The Year 8 group performed the song ‘Never Give Up’ which they had learnt for refugee week and the Year 9 students showcased the song compositions they had written over the summer term. Iris performed her emotive song ‘RIP’ and Amelia, Rosie, Daria and Nicola sang and played their song ‘Supernova’ on piano, vocals and viola.
The choirs continued to impress with the student led a cappella group, now under the care of Amber, Lara, Bella and Lewhat wowing us all. Lewhat’s fantastic arrangement of ‘High Hopes’ by Panic at the Disco was her first for this ensemble. The Lower School Chamber Choir and Harmony Choirs sang with great enthusiasm, with the Harmony Choir including two Year 8 flautists, Evie and Dana and being accompanied by Grace in Year 12.
Making their debut performance were the Year 7-8 Rock band performing ‘Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele and our established bands treated us to other Rock and Pop items.
The finale, ‘One day like this’ by Elbow, arranged by Miss Dunne, drew together all the performers. Spread out around the hall and balconies in year group bubbles, with the mixed Symphony Orchestra, Session Orchestra and Year 9/10 Rock band providing the orchestral accompaniment, the piece created an emotive end to our first concert of the academic year.
Well done to all who took part!