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Carol Concert 2019

The Music Department staged their traditional Carol Concert at All Hallows’ Church in Whitchurch on Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm. This wonderful evening of music in a glorious setting saw over 80 musicians representing the school incredibly well and demonstrating high levels of responsibility and commitment to their musical studies. The concert saw a variety of music performed from with traditional carols to more popular Christmas classics and featured Bella Voce and Year 7 choirs, Brass, String and Woodwind Ensembles, a Flute Quartet as well as soloists.

The evening started with a joint performance from the Woodwind and Brass Ensembles who played a dynamic rendition of Carol of the Bells from the back of the church, which allowed the sound to resonate. Robert Simpson played the organ for our congregational carols and it was wonderful to hear the sheer brilliance and power of this incredible instrument. Soloists performed with real confidence and conviction and performances included an original song written and performed by Martha Monk, as well as a Partita for solo violin by Bach, performed by Finlay Housham. Both performances were stunning and mesmerising. Many other soloists performed, far too many to mention individually, and sounded magnificent in the acoustics of the church.

It was lovely to see the church packed out with parents and people from the community. The PTFA provided us with refreshments afterwards and everyone at All Hallows’ Church made us feel incredibly welcome; special thanks go to the Reverend David Roche and the administrator Claire Fryer. The retiring collection raised £160 towards the church fund. Many thanks to those who came and to all the students who performed!

Here is a video of some of the highlights of the concert.

 

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Please find below some quotes from members of the public who wrote to us about the concert.

“I want to say how much I enjoyed the carol concert last night. The musical talent at the school is fantastic. It was really well organised with a great mix of performances. Well done to the music department and obviously the children!”

“I had the opportunity to go to the Testbourne Carol Concert at All Hallows’ last night. I had not been before and was blown away by just how good it was. I was not expecting such variety - a true concert - and was really impressed with the talented students, and how smart they looked and how polite they were. Please pass on congratulations to all involved - students and teachers. It was marvellous.”