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Pitsford School Ensembles Concert

A fantastic evening of soul, pop, Baroque, classical and world music was enjoyed by parents and staff on Thursday 5 May at Pitsford School’s annual Ensembles Concert. All of the Senior School music ensembles took part, as well as some smaller groups of pupils who had decided to put something together especially for this concert. Pupils had given up a number of break and lunch times in order to rehearse for this concert, as well as attending their weekly music ensemble rehearsals and their hard work and dedication clearly paid off.

The first half of the concert began with the “Pitsford Ensemble”, which involved musicians from the string, woodwind and percussion ensembles, performing Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre. This was followed by the Senior woodwind ensemble, directed by Mr Godfrey, who gave a rendition of the well-known theme from The Simpsons with determination. The string ensemble, slightly depleted due to illness, performed the famous Can-Can by Offenbach with grace. The School’s clarinet quartet, assembled especially for the concert performed the challenging 1st Movement of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music). The first half concluded with a toe-tapping performance of Time Is Tight given by the joint winners of the House Music Competition, Hesketh.

Solos and duos performed in between the ensemble numbers and these soloists included a performance of Vivaldi’s Vieni, Vieni given by Libiana Kimbell (Year 9), Lin Marsh’s ballad Believe, performed by Lilly Hagenberg and Connie Westaway (Year 10) and an impressive virtuosic performance of a Mozart flute duet by Upper Sixth pupil, Alexandra Crook and her teacher Mr Godfrey.

After a short interval, where parents enjoyed refreshments in the evening sunshine, the second half opened with a performance from the ever-growing guitar ensemble. Their first piece, Habenera, was performed with delicacy and this led onto the tense theme from Mission Impossible, complete with guitar drumming! The Girls’ Barbershop then performed I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair with humour and great skill. The lower school percussion ensemble took part in an exciting improvised piece of Brazilian drumming, Samba Batucada, led by percussion teacher, Mr Butler, and this was followed by the Senior Choir performing three contrasting pieces. The first, Adele’s hit When We Were Young enabled Year 10 vocalist Connie Westaway to take centre stage, with the choir providing an atmospheric backing. Bring Him Home, from Les Miserables, was sung with tenderness and the choir finished with Ed Sheeran’s Photograph.

The finale of the evening was given by the School’s Soul Band, led by Mr Dean, who gave a polished performance of Midnight Hour. The band featured the powerful vocals of Alexandra Smith, Jack Barton (alto sax), Oscar Powell (electric guitar), Mr Dean (bass), Sam Gibbs (keys) and Christopher Leeke (drums).

Huge congratulations to all of the many pupils who took part in the Ensembles Concert and enabled it to be a real success.

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