Summer Term Ensembles Concert

The Ensembles Concert showcased a variety of contemporary pieces, including one composed by our own Music A-Level student.


Date: Tue 9 May 2017   Author: Sam Singleton (Music Prefect)   Category: Music   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email


On the evening of Thursday 4th May the Music School was home to the first concert of the summer term. The concert was very well attended by parents and families with very few unoccupied seats to be found.

In usual fashion, the Flute Choir began proceedings, performing a memorable rendition of the Wallace and Gromit Theme, a piece which brought back many memories from the audiences’ youth. This was followed by the Brass Ensemble playing Joplin’s Elite Syncopations, which was exactly that – an up-beat piece compact with syncopations, which was performed masterfully as ever by the quintet.

Contrasting the highly melodic based work from the Brass group was the Percussion Ensemble, featuring a fun, interactive performance which both the boys and the audience found thoroughly entertaining! Next to take the stage was the school Rock Band performing the 1991 hit Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Lead vocals were provided by Sam Singleton (Upper Sixth), with virtuosic guitar accompaniment from Dhru Patel (Upper Sixth). Arjun Patel (Upper Sixth) on the drums made the outro of the piece highly climatic with his confident use of fills, leaving the audience stunned.

Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the night was the performance of Joshua Chukwudum’s (Upper Sixth) A-Level composition. Miss  Bloor was able to express Joshua’s highly emotive melody on the cello beautifully, even managing to bring tears to the Head of Sixth Form. A group which has shown tremendous improvement throughout the year has been the Classical Guitar Ensemble, with this performance being no different. They were able to perform Andrew Forrest’s work near perfectly, with dynamics being used throughout to create tension. In John Lyon tradition, the Rhythm & Blues Group closed out the show, this time performing the Stevie Wonder classic Superstition, as well as the more modern Treasure by Bruno Mars. As ever, lead vocals were provided confidently from Harsh Hingorani (Year 8) and Sebastian Langdon (Lower Sixth).

Overall, this was a fantastic concert and many thanks must go to the staff and all the boys involved, as well as family and teachers who continue to give tremendous support.