Summer Concert

Thursday 23 May 2019

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We returned to All Saints for our Senior Summer Concert. Our students gave some wonderful performances, ones those present will remember for a long time. We heard a diverse mixture of repertoire drawn from many different genres, including musical theatre, pop, Romantic, Renaissance and modern classical.

The Chamber Orchestra opened the concert playing George Gershwin’s Summertime, after which Camryn gave a compelling rendition of Quiet from ‘Matilda’. One of our Roedean International students, Vivian, then performed The River Flows in You, by the South Korean-British composer, Yiruma, with real sensitivity. Next up, our Year 7 & 8 ukulele ensemble romped through Ed Sheeran’s Photograph, after which Alice demonstrated her growing skill on the trombone by playing one of her Grade 3 pieces: Sarabande by John Humphries. Emma Walker, in her first Senior Concert solo appearance, gave us a memorable version of You’ll Be in My Heart, which was followed by a beautiful rendition of Soft Place to Land from En Chantant. The interval was ushered in by Eve-Jolie’s stunning violin solo: Chopin’s Nocturne.


The second half opened with a surprise, as the Brass Ensemble sounded William Byrd’s Earle of Oxford’s March from the rear balcony. Then we heard a lovely performance of Breezeblocks, by Alt-J, from the Chamber Choir, featuring solos from Carys and Sian. Maya’s classy and committed version of What it Means to be a Friend was next, followed by the Chamber Orchestra’s whistle-stop tour through the musical highlights of Aladdin. Bronwen gave an impressive performance of Carl Bohm’s fiendishly difficult Introduction & Polonaise, before Nancy’s (Y13) hauntingly beautiful rendition of Gurney’s Spring. The evening was fittingly rounded off by En Chantant, whose version of Thursday, by Jess Glynne, left us all with goose bumps.


Many thanks, as ever, go to the performers, our wonderful Music department staff, the wider RMH staff for their support and encouragement and, of course, to all those family and friends who came to watch, and helped make it such an enjoyable evening.