Stoneygate Summer Sequence 2014

On Thursday 12 June, the Senior Choir, Orchestra and assorted soloists and ensembles gave a performance of which they can be rightly proud. It’s hard to know where to begin in writing about a concert which had special moment upon special moment, but a couple must be highlighted! The Barbershop Boys (Sam N, Sam A, Oliver T and Mr Ashwin) delighted the audience with their witty and stylistic performance of Sam Cooke’s Wonderful World (complete with shades and great solo from Sam N). All the vocal solos were sung beautifully, with a sense of ownership of the music and Eleanor B’s flute solo was poignant and phrased very well. We were very lucky to have secured Ed Barker as a soloist and he gave a superb rendition of She’s out of my life and also duetted with Mr Ashwin in Gershwin’s Summertime. I have had so many positive comments about the role they played in the concert and in showing our pupils the heights to which they can aspire.

The principle ensembles featured in the concert were Senior Choir and Orchestra. They brought their ‘A game’ with them and really performed. I was pleased that we pulled off an a capella performance of I’ll tell me ma and also the classical favourite Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart. We closed with a claptastic rendition of Pharrell Williams’ Happy

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The Orchestra also did really well and played some tricky music, conducted by Mr Hudson, Mrs Thompson and myself. I was impressed by the concentration showed and the way that everyone came together. Orchestral playing is a team effort, and it was great to have the support of Miss Hardy, Mr Ashwin and Ed Barker.

I must mention Sam A’s performance of Smetana’s From the Native Country, as well as Mr Ashwin’s accompaniment of this piece – a dream team! Sam, and all of the musicians going on to new schools, will be missed.

Compliments to the audience for their incredibly warm reaction and applause to every piece, and for their generous donations. I will update you on the final figure raised and how it will be used in a blog next week.

Many thanks to all involved in the concert – from the SSA (who served refreshment before the concert) to the audience, staff involved and children singing and playing.

Mrs Ashwin