The annual Autumn Concert on Thursday, 2 November, saw Harry Potter meet Nelly, Purcell, Handel and Chilcott in a wonderfully varied and entertaining programme of performances.
The Concert Band got the evening off to a great start with their ‘Highlights from Harry Potter’, which was perfect for the historic boarding school setting. Then it was Jack Boag’s first performance of the night, singing ‘Automne’ by Fauré. Jack later demonstrated his skills on the piano with Grovlez’s ‘Petites Litanies de Jésus’.
Roma Dhasmana and Bea Livesey-Stephens put a twist on rapper Nelly’s 2010 hit single ‘Just a Dream’ and Evie Turner impressed on the flute with Handel’s Sonata No5, 4th Mov. Kate Moran received loud applause from the audience for her beautiful rendition of ‘Ah! Belinda’ by Purcell, while Catherine Campbell took to the stage to sing ‘Gravity’ by Bareilles.
After a short interval for refreshments and conversation, the Show Choir started the second half with Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, continuing the autumnal theme just after Halloween.
Evie Hayward-Daventry played Kern’s ‘Tea for two’ on the flute and Tom McBarron rounded of the evening’s solo acts with ‘Canzona 5’ by Banchieri on the trumpet.
St Leonards Choir took to the stage for two numbers, starting with John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s ‘Blackbird’ and ending with a Bob Chilcott arrangement of the ‘Skye Boat Song’.
The Autumn Concert ended, as is traditional, with a performance from the Jazz Band. They had everyone moving to the music in their seats as they played ‘Yeh, yeh’ by Grant & Patrick.
It was a superbly attended event – not an empty seat to be found!
Well done to all the performers, and to Mrs Love, Mr & Mrs Shiells, Mr Irons and Mr Bell for directing the ensembles, accompanying the soloists, and ensuring everyone enjoyed a fantastic evening of musical entertainment!