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Informal woodwind concert

Wednesday’s informal woodwind concert proved to be a select event, but nevertheless provided a pleasing variety of performances from pupils from across the school community.

The concert opened with Max Simpson’s first public performance on his bassoon. Max is in Upper One and only started lessons on the instrument this academic year. His confident performance of the traditional Suo-gân demonstrated he is already producing a rich, full sound.

Alto sax players Henry Cann, Dominic Hemmings and Bea Hawkins all gave stylish performances. Bea’s choice of Bee Line gave an opportunity to hear some good rhythmic playing, whilst Henry produced a rounded tone and a jazzy feel within Bye Bye Blackbird. Dominic’s unaccompanied One O’Clock Shuffle involved some intricate fingering which he negotiated with confidence and skill.

The concert closed with two Sixth Form clarinettists, Sam Corney and Hamish Hunter. Sam produced some impressive improvisation within the Withers classic Ain’t No Sunshine, whilst Hamish got everyone’s feet tapping with the Benny Goodman number Tattletale, really capturing it’s cheeky, carefree style.

Next week, on Wednesday 6 February, the second of the informal piano concerts will be taking place at 4pm in the Music Hall. All are welcome.

A link to the programme and recording is