With the light evenings of spring upon us, an enthusiastic audience was treated to a concert at St Barnabas’ Church featuring the NHEHS Senior Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.
The Symphony Orchestra opened the concert with an energetic performance of the first movement from Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C, played with a real panache. Pricilla Yu was the first soloist to wow the audience, showing exceptional technique and style performing the first movement of Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D delicately accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra. Leah King-Kline gave a superbly poised and musical performance of the second movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, which was followed by Erin Holder’s passionate and virtuosic performance of the first movement of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 well known as one of the most demanding violin concertos in the repertoire.
The first half came to a close with a world premiere of Fantasie a piece written, orchestrated and performed by Maya Caskie. Written to depict the power of the ocean waves Maya’s intelligent, orchestral writing and technical expertise ensured a rousing end to the opening half. The Senior Choir provided a captivating finale to the concert with a superb performance of Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus; Songs of Sanctuary singing with real precision and musicality, accompanied by the unusual combination of string orchestra and African percussion!
A wonderful evening of music and a showcase of the exceptional musical talent we have here at NHEHS.