‘She’s on my bus’, thrilled Hattie, as she recognised Year 13 music scholar, Kendra, deftly playing Schubert in this year’s spine-tingling Gala Concert. Broadcast world-wide on Tuesday afternoon, the concert was enjoyed by the entire school community, who watched with their tutor groups on Teams, applauding and praising performances that progressed seamlessly on screen.
Kendra was one of five Year 13 soloists to dazzle in the event, joining over 100 senior school musicians to create the unforgettable occasion. Joining the soloists were the school’s finest vocal and instrumental ensembles, including jazz band, rock group, and the luminous Cantabile.
The concert was produced by Director of Music Mr George Tinsley, who said: ‘This year is different, but different can also mean spectacularly good. Streaming online means that we could reach a much wider audience than ever before. After the school watched the concert yesterday, I woke up this morning to see that hundreds of people from around the world had viewed the concert from as far away as Mississippi in the USA.’
Viewers were invited to comment on the concert and praise was effusive. ‘So many highlights I can’t pick one out!’, said one proud teacher. A Year 8 pupil enthused, ‘My favourite piece was the Year 7 choir’s version of Your Song. There were separate harmonies and I know from last year how hard it is to record it by yourself.’ The overwhelming favourite among the audience was the Music Theatre Club’s performance of Six, a modern musical telling of the lives of Henry VIII’s wives.
The concert is online for viewing now:
The school’s next musical event is the prestigious Scholars and Leavers Concert on 27 April.