All Round Entertainment at Summer Concert

All Round Entertainment at Summer Concert

The Summer Concert was a triumph and showcased a variety of ensembles from Caterham School, ranging from the Symphony Orchestra to piano trios. The concert began with the Symphony Orchestra delivering a magical performance of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” capturing the enchanting atmosphere of the 1940 Disney film, Pinocchio. This was followed by two more traditional symphonic pieces: Haydn’s Andante from Symphony No. 94 “Surprise,” which encapsulated the humorous nature of Haydn’s writing, and the stunningly lyrical and uplifting opening movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral.”

The Flute Choir gave a regal performance of “Three Pieces from Music for the Royal Fireworks” by Handel. This neat and precise performance was led entirely by pupils. The String Quartet presented two pieces: a harmonically rich arrangement of Arlen/Yarburg’s “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and a wonderful arrangement of Fauré’s “Pie Jesu.” Following this, The Bridge Trio performed the Andante from Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 2, a beautiful piece featuring Third Year pupils Florence N, Bradyn C, and Mannix K.

Caterham Consort delivered a superb performance of Karl Jenkins’ “Palladio.” They played with uniformity, musicality, and panache. Caterham Consort, a new ensemble formed in September 2023, specialises in small-scale music from the Baroque and early Classical periods. “Palladio,” though a Twentieth Century composition, shares many musical features with Baroque music and is written for a string ensemble. The Chamber Choir and Eric Thiman Singers will perform another Jenkins masterpiece, The Armed Man, in November.

The Saxophone Ensemble gave a spirited performance of de Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance,” followed by Williams’ iconic “Cantina Band” from the blockbuster film Star Wars: A New Hope. The Boarders’ Ensemble then delivered a magical performance of a Disney Medley, arranged by Fourth Year GCSE musicians Ian W, Antonia P, and Annette S. This delightful arrangement featured an eclectic instrumental combination, showcasing the pupils’ creativity and initiative.

The concert concluded with three performances by The Swing Band, featuring Dr. Brammeld’s composition “Brammo’s Blues,” a sumptuous arrangement of “Summertime,” and a vibrant and joyous performance of Hancock’s “Watermelon Man.” Special mention must go to the soloists of this ensemble: Ethan T (trumpet), Ethan G (keys), and Alfred D (saxophone).

Overall, the concert was a wonderful celebration of the musical talent at Caterham School, full of energy, positivity, and delightful music.

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