Matthew Burns

HEADMASTER’S CONCERT SHOWCASES SEDBERGH’S TOP MUSICIANS

A very large audience braved the wind and the rain to gather in the Thornely Studio on Sunday, almost four years to the day since this wonderful venue was officially opened. It was brilliant to see the hall so full of parents, Old Sedberghians and other guests.
 
The concert was opened by Chapel Choir, in their first concert engagement of the year following a very successful start in their more familiar environment of the school chapel. They sang the exciting chorus from Haydn’s ‘The Creation’: The Heavens are telling.

It was a most invigorating way to begin a programme that consisted of a wide variety of repertoire.
 
Director of Music Chris Allinson said: “Among the soloists was Sarah Long (R, Y11), who had earlier that day fulfilled the important role of bugler for the Last Post at the school’s service of Remembrance, and several of our singers featured, including Will Player (SH, Y12), who gave us a preview of his role of Jean Valjean in the upcoming production of Les Misérables.

Meanwhile, Mollie Richmond (R, Y13) prepared for her Grade 8 Singing exam with an operatic aria by Gluck.
 
Harriet Bramwell (CH, Y11) made her debut at this level, playing a beautiful piece of Irish folk music on her harp. It is not very often that we have performances on the harp in these concerts, and it is great to think that Harriet is one half of our harp duo. We look forward to seeing them perform together in due course.
 
It was not just soloists who performed, for our Chamber Choir & String Ensemble were also on good form. All in all, it was a brilliant concert on a memorable day at Sedbergh.

It also signalled the start of an exciting few weeks for the school’s musicians, with several events to come in the weeks leading up to the Christmas break.”

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