For perhaps the first time in the school’s long and proud history, musicians from both the School and from the Chapel combined to produce an evening of music making of the very highest order. Picture the scene; the splendour and grandeur of the Nave of St George’s Chapel, a packed audience of parents, pupils and friends of the school sitting quietly, eagerly anticipating the start of the concert and staging gradually filling up with over 150 musicians. It was quite a spectacle! Under the expert direction of the School Director of Music, James Wilkinson, and the Chapel Director of Music, James Vivian, the choirs performed Bob Chilcott’s ‘The Songs and Cries of London Town’. This they did with great musicality and energy, with the dynamic colours and clarity of diction being first class; the performance would have graced any concert platform! A choir made up of children in Years 3, 4 and 5 performed Michael Hurd’s amusing ‘Rooster Rag’ complete with Narrator (Mr Roberts) and three farmyard characters (Josh, Martha and Max) and all from memory! It was a rousing and convincing rendition; a triumph!
Interspersed among the choral items were instrumental solos and ensembles, which demonstrated the impressive range of talent among the pupil body and it was also a real treat for the audience to hear the very impressive voices of the Chapel Choir as they performed two choral pieces. The sound that they produce in that setting is both moving and inspiring.
The evening closed with a performance of Gary Barlow’s ‘Sing’, written especially for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The soloists (Camilla and Louise) opened and closed the work and the massed choral voices, along with instrumental and organ accompaniment, stirred the emotions with their powerful and moving performance; Her Majesty would have approved!
It was a very moving evening, especially for those pupils for whom it was their final concert performance, and it served to demonstrate the quality and depth of Music at St George’s, both School and Chapel. Many congratulations to every performer, especially to the Directors of Music and ‘thank you’ for presenting such an outstanding concert that will live long in the memory.