On Tuesday pupils, parents, staff and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of celebration at the Gala Concert, the highlight of the school’s musical calendar.
Hosted by Portsmouth Cathedral, the evening included pieces from Flute Choir, the Rock and Jazz bands, Ukuladies, the Harmony and Cantabile choirs and the combined choir and orchestra. Sixth Form soloists Millie, Jia, Rebecca and Georgie gave stunning performances during the first half of the programme.
The climax of the evening was the world premiere of ‘Wild Wind’ by the Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. Sarah’s composition was based on Anne Brontë’s original poem ‘Lines Composed in a Wood on a Windy Day’. The piece was an uplifting finale for a wonderful evening which showcased so much musical talent across the school.
Director of Music George Tinsley said “At the start of the rehearsal process, I thought these pieces might be too difficult, but the performers exceeded my expectations in everything they did. One pupil exclaimed today, ‘We sounded like professionals!’ I agree.”
Wild Wind (World Premiere)