Informal brass concert
Many of the school’s brass instrumentalists took to the stage on Wednesday as it was their turn in the informal concert series.
Opening with Maxi Brass playing Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho, conducted by Mr Francis, the full brass sound featuring trumpets, cornet, French horns, trombone and tuba set the concert off to a rousing beginning.
Three Juniors played solo items, and for two it was their first public performances on the trumpet. Penny Croft produced super tone in her rendition of Happy Birthday, whilst Rufus Lovell chose the foot-tapping theme from Blackadder. Leo Raichura had great trumpeter’s posture and presence when playing Happily We Roll Along.
The trombone and French horn are both classed as ‘endangered instruments’ and so it is especially good to have a number of pupils specialising in them. Bertie Hawkins brought out the rich, mellow tone of his horn in Here’s That Rainy Day, and on the trombone, Oliver Batson’s choice on the trombone was a twist on the classic When the Saints Go Marching In, played with great attitude. A further jazzy trombone solo came from Theo Collins, and the audience certainly agreed with him that The Groove’s the Thing. Moving away from jazz, Harry Cornford on his baritone played Pankhurst’s Folk Song with a suitable lilting style.
Several senior trumpeters delivered solos, including three Fourth Form pupils – Oscar Price, William Olney and Imogen Daldorph. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square was chosen by Oscar, played with a gentle and sensitive approach, whilst both William and Imogen chose to play Grade 5 pieces by Pam Wedgwood. William’s pitch and clarity of intonation was especially pleasing, and Imogen fully grasped the Latin style of Tequila Sunrise.
Toby Collins selected the Tom Jones Theme and played with a good sense of rhythm. The only classical piece within the programme was Tom Harris-Deans playing the second movement of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, which he delivered with lovely dynamic range and smooth tone.
The concert concluded with Senior Brass, with a fun arrangement of Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron.
Many thanks to all the performers, parents and supporters for coming to the concert, and it was especially good to see Mr Moore at the event.
It is the turn of the woodwind musicians at next Wednesday’s informal concert, 4pm in the Music Hall. All are welcome to attend.
A link to the recording and programme.